The Top Runs in Europe

There’s something about the layout of many European cities that makes them a joy for running. Historic centers. Classic parks. Often located on a river lined with multi-use paths. Throw that in with a pedestrian and bike friendly layout and good transit and there’s your typical European city. For this list, we’ve pulled a couple of favorites from each major European city. Think of it as a travel boom equivalent of ‘if you’re going to Rome you must do this run’. The list is organized in alphabetical order, by city (i.e. the routes themselves are not ranked).

Amsterdam’s Canals

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Running along Amsterdam’s historic canals is one of the most unique runs in the world. A series of four canals forms a half-circle “ring” around old Amsterdam, lined by gracious older homes and famous sites.
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Athens ‘RunSeeing’ Tour

Athens, Greece

A 'runseeing' tour of some of the most famous sites in Athens. National Gardens, Panathenaic Stadium, Acropolis, Temple of Zeus, Filopappou Hill, First Athens Cemetery. Full tour is 6.3 miles, shorter option ~5 miles. Go early!
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Acropolis Area

Athens, Greece

A great area for running in Athens. Combine the pedestrian-only streets that line the base of the Acropolis, and then head up the hill. Can be combined with Philopappou Hill, which has 2-3 miles of paths.
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Main Line Canal

Birmingham, UK

Birmingham’s canals form quick and efficient running routes with miles of paved “towpaths” paralleling the water. The crown jewel of these is a 5 mile route starting at the “Mailbox.”
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Herăstrău Park

Bucharest, Romania

One of the most popular running spots in Bucharest. Arc of Triumph, fountains, Japanese Gardens. A highlight is the ~7 km loop on the path around Lake Herăstrău in this large and scenic park.
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Cologne Grand Tour

Cologne, Germany

A "highlights of Cologne" run. Over 13k, enjoy the linear park of the Inner Green-Belt (Innerer Grüngürtel), a section along the Rhine, and then some of the major sights of Historic Cologne.
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Nyhavn and Kastellet

Copenhagen, Denmark

A fantastic waterfront and fortress combo run. Enjoy the Nyhavn, the 17th-century waterfront, canal and entertainment district with its colorful townhouses, and then the 2.5k loop around the wonderfully preserved Kastellet.
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Limassol Coastal Run with Amathus Option

Cyprus

One of the most beautiful runs in Cyprus is the coastal path between La Isla and the San Raphael resort, with an optional jaunt up a hill to the ancient ruins of Amathus. This run can also be done on the beach, which has excellent firm sand.
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Phoenix Park

Dublin, Ireland

At 1,750 acres, Phoenix Park is one of the largest walled parks in Europe. The signature green space to run in Dublin, a wonderful mix of fields, tree-lined paths, and interesting sites.
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Dubrovnik Long Run

Dubrovnik, Croatia

A 12km "highlights tour" combining several of our Dubovnik routes: a section along the water, a loop around Babin Kuk, and the lovely trails of Forest Park Velika and Mala Petka. Mostly on paths, with great views and some hills.
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Lokrum Island

Dubrovnik, Croatia

A small island only 600m from Dubrovnik, Lokrum is a sea of green and great for running. There are 6-7 km of paths, most with great views of the city and the sea. A highlight is the "Celestial Way' path, a hill leading to Fort Royal.
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Rhine River Paths

Düsseldorf, Germany

Classic European river run with paths on both the east and west sides, with bridges that allow for loops of various distances. The most popular 'loop' is the 9.2 km between the Rheinkniebrücke (bridge) and Theodor-Heuss-Brücke.
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Hofgarten and Rheinpark

Düsseldorf, Germany

A wonderful tour of Düsseldorf's centrally located, iconic parks. Hofgarten is the oldest park in the city, and has classic tree-lined alleés and landscaping. Rhein Park is very popular with joggers. It's 3.3 km one-way, combining both parks.
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Edinburgh ‘Runseeing’ Tour

Edinburgh, UK

A 4 mile 'runseeing' tour of Edinburgh's highlights. Start at Regent Gardens, head up Carlton Hill, then through Princess Gardens up to Castle Rock. The second half features High St./Royal Mile to the Holyrood Palace. It's a hilly run!
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Arno River Run

Florence, Italy

A spectacular running experience, especially if you go early. Central section has wonderful tree-lined walkways with great views from the bridges. Further west and east sections have gravel paths. We've mapped 15 km along the river.
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Cascine Park

Florence, Italy

Classic European urban park, and the most significant green space in Florence for a run. 395 acres on the north side of the Arno river, there are meadows, river paths, and wooded paths. 3.8 km from one end to the other
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Main River Route

Frankfurt, Germany

A signature run in Frankfurt along the Main River. Wonderful paths with great views. South side features the green belt along the Museum Embankment, while the north side skirts the Altstadt. Numerous bridges allow for loops of varying lengths.
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Wallanlagen/Frankfurt Ring Route

Frankfurt, Germany

A series of park lands around the former city walls, making for a nearly 5 km green belt. A great way to skirt the perimeter of old and new Frankfurt, through seven areas named after former city gates. Add on by running along the Main river paths.
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Glasgow Green

Glasgow, UK

Glasgow's oldest park and a popular running spot. Run along the Clyde River and in the Green, past the People's Palace and Winter Garden. Several other architectural highlights and landmarks, and lovely running paths.
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Göta Älv

Gothenburg, Sweden

The 2.4 kms of paths along the river Göta Älv are the top choice when it comes to running in Gothenburg, and a great way to get across the city without leaving the waterside.
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The Planty

Kraków, Poland

Few cities make a runseeing tour of the Old Town as simple as Krakow. With “The Planty” the diamond-shaped greenway surrounding Krakow’s historic city center, it’s easy to see the sights on a two mile off-street route.
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Cascais Coastal Run

Lisbon, Portugal

A wonderful coastal run along a dedicated path in this resort town 30 km west of Lisbon. From town, the path runs for nearly 9 km, with great views of the Atlantic Ocean nearly the entire way. Lighthouses, beaches, parks, and a public golf course.
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London Parks: Diana Memorial Tour

London, UK

One of the great urban runs in the world, this route incorporates London’s famous central Royal parks: Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, Green Park, and St. James Park. It is a way-marked ‘figure eight” loop, in honor of the late Princess Diana.
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Wenzel Circuit

Luxembourg

This iconic route will take you through the oldest quarters of Luxembourg City, following parts of the way-marked Wenzel Circular Walk circuit. Also sections along the Chemin de la Corniche and Rham Plateau.
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Parc de la Tête d’Or

Lyon, France

One of the largest urban parks in Europe, and designed on a grand style -- fountains, statues, botanical garden, and many lovely paths and allées. There's a 4 km perimeter 'jogging path', or many other interior paths for a DIY run.
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Madrid Sights Tour

Madrid, Spain

This is ‘Madrid Highlights’ Tour. This route follows some of Madrid’s historic and major avenues through several of Madrid’s most important sites, starting at the famous Prado Museum.
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Casa de Campo

Madrid, Spain

Located a few km west of Madrid’s historic center, Casa de Campo is 5x the size of New York's Central Park. Miles of paths. Our route begins at the Royal Palace and loops through a small section of the park. Another great route begins at the Batán Metro Station and loops on the Ctra.
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Manchester ‘Runseeing’ Tour

Manchester, UK

It's possible to see many of Manchester's important sights in a 3-4 mile tour of the older part of the city, which is located on the east side of the River Irwell. 3.1 mile run of main sights, or 7 mile run including River Irwell, Meadow, Peel Park.
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Kennedy Corniche Coastal Run

Marseille, France

The signature run in Marseille, from Pharo Cove near the Old Fort to Prado Beach. Great views of the Mediterranean along the roadside path, passing above coves and along beaches. 5.3 km one-way, with good bus options for the return.
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Sempione Park/Brera Neighborhood

Milan, Italy

This park is one of the largest in the city. It’s possible to do 2–3 miles in the park, around the perimeter and park trails. Our 2.5 mile route lined with amazing monuments, it is a perfect blend of natural beauty and tourist sites.
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Naviglio Martesana

Milan, Italy

A pedestrian path running for almost 24 miles along the Naviglio Maresana (river), connecting Milan with the Adda river. An uninterrupted off-road path surrounded by greenery, with ancient villas and other unexpected beauties.
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Inner Ring Linear Park

Moscow, Russia

A wonderful 10.5 km 'runseeing' tour of Moscow, following a series of linear parks paralleling the inner ring road around the city core. Many important buildings, sites, monuments, museums. A 3 km linear park at the northern end is a nice add-on.
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Isar River Paths

Munich, Germany

The Isar River is at the heart of Munich, flowing through its center. A greenbelt/linear park follows the river for many km. See our detailed map with distances between major sections headed north or south.
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Englischer Garten

Munich, Germany

The centerpiece of running in central Munich. The grand, 18th century park features nearly 80 km of trails through woods, around a lake, and along the Eisbach and Isar rivers. The southern section is more developed, the northern section more natural.
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Frognerparken Loop

Oslo, Norway

One of the most popular places to run in Oslo. A combination park and historic estate. Now houses the Oslo City Museum. Also enjoy Vigelandsparken, a sculpture park and museum displaying the works of Gustav Vigeland.
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Running in Paris on the banks of the Seine

Banks of the Seine

Paris, France

One of the great urban runs of the world. Several sections have been turned into below-road pedestrian-only paths, with great views of Paris’ wonderful buildings and landmarks.
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Running Paris’ Parks

Paris, France

The heart of Paris is graced by wonderful and historic parks. All have dedicated pedestrian paths wide enough for running. There are many options to combine parks with Seine paths and other sites. Bastille, Luxembourgg, Tuileries, Invalides, Jardin des Plantes & more!
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Douro River Run: Gaia Side

Porto, Portugal

Among the two options to run along the Douro River to the beach in Porto. The Gaia side is 6.3 km one-way, which some argue is the prettier of two options, with views of the river and Porto. Great add-on: continue on Gaia seafront path
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Rome Sights Tour

Rome, Italy

This is an attempt to put together a tour of some of Rome’s principal sights. Best to do it early before the streets get crowded and to beat the heat.
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Villa Doria Pamphili

Rome, Italy

Rome’s largest park, contains a stunning, mid- 17th century palace surrounded by garden mazes, jogging trails, fabulous fountains, a superb grotto, and pine lined views of Rome from atop the Janiculum hill.
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Salzach River Paths

Salzburg, Austria

Among the highlights of running in Salzburg. Combination of paved and unpaved paths, for several km north and south of the city. Quite pastoral, with river views. We've put together two routes, as well as a table with segment distances.
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Kungsholmen

Stockholm, Sweden

A residential island where the spectacular City Hall is located. Mostly along the water. Highlights include a beautiful park, an inner city beach, and Hornsbergs Strand.
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Turia Gardens and Cabecera Park

Valencia, Spain

Turia Gardens, which curls around the dry river in the center of the city, is Valencia’s pride and joy when it comes to running routes. It includes over 9 kilometers of paths and an official 5k circuit specialized for running. Adjacent Cabecera Park adds 2km more.
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Prater Park

Vienna, Austria

Wonderful centrally located park with several tourist attractions including a huge Ferris wheel. The tree-lined, straight Hauptallee runs for nearly 5km. Lots of other paths running off the Hauptallee offer a good variety.
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Vistula River Paths

Warsaw, Poland

The signature running route in Warsaw. The best section is ~5 km of paths between the Łazienkowski Bridge and the Gdański Bridge. Paths on west side are paved and more developed. The east side side is greener, with gravel paths. Full loop is 12 km (7.5 miles).
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Royal Route

Warsaw, Poland

An 11+ km 'runseeing' tour of the best of Warsaw. Starting from Old Town, takes in many of Warsaw's most important sites, through the Ujazdowski Castle and the Lazienki Park to end at the Palace in Wilanowa. Run one way and take tram back!
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Uetliberg to Felsenegg

Zurich, Switzerland

A 20 minute train ride from central Zurich takes you to near the top of Uetliberg, Zurich's 'local mountain'. A favorite run is along the ridge to Felsenegg. Great views of the valley and the mountains. Hilly!
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