Aachen, Germany

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Aachen, a city of 250,000 in North Rhine-Westphalia, is the westernmost city of Germany, bordering on the Netherlands and Belgium. The RWTH Aachen University is a major technology institute, with 47,000 students. We wouldn’t call the running in Aachen particularly memorable, but there’s a good network of parks and trails, plus some scenic running on farm roads and woods just outside the city.

A great way to get oriented is a ‘runseeing’ tour of Aachen, which includes the area around RWTH Aachen. Most scenic is our Stadtpark & Lousberg Hill route. Just north of Aachen, there are lovely, quiet roads past farms and fields in the Wurmtal valley and adjacent Ravelsberg. South of the city Aachen Woods — a huge, sprawling network of forest trails.

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Aachen has mild winters and summers. In summer, temperatures reach 23-24C (75F), with nights that can cool down. Winter can be quite cloudy, with highs are near 6C (43F), with lows near freezing. The 805 mm/year of precipitation is spread evenly through the year.

Good selection of accommodations central Aachen inside the 1a Ring Road, with good access to some of our best running routes in the city.


RUNNER SHOP MANFRED XHONNEUX is the go-to running store in Aachen.

Running events in and near Aachen, from myRaceland.

Lousberglauf is a popular running event in Aachen. It’s a 5.5 km run on the legendary Teufelsberg hill in the Lourberg area. July.