Berlin, Germany has become one of the most interesting and exciting cities in Europe to visit. You can go back in history to a church from 123o A.D., to the more recent history of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the ever-changing city and rejuvenating neighborhoods. Berlin is a terrific city from a runner’s perspective, but it takes some planning because it is big and sprawling. From the city’s center, there are wonderful runs around some of the most important sites and monuments, along the Spree River, and into some wonderful parks, notably the Tiergarten. Just outside the city, highlights include the Grunewald Forest, Spandauer Forest, Tegeler Forst, and some wonderful parks for running near the convention center and airport. If you have the time, hop on a train and go to Potsdam and do the ‘Palace Run’.
There is a huge selection of hotels in Berlin. The city is very spread out, so best to plan you stay near one of the routes and near a metro station. Recommendations:
- Western section of Berlin. Large cluster of hotels just south of Tiergarten, and the Kurfürstendamm
- Lots of hotels in area between Tiergarten and Museum Island.
- Mitte area. Access to Spree trails, and many sites. Radisson Blu Berlin has Blu Routes
- East: Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood, also good access to Volkspark Friedrichshain
- Near airport: Don’t despair. Good running here in Volkspark Jungfernheide and Tegler See.
- Convention Center. Conveniently located. 3km north of Tiergarten, 3km south of Volkspark Rehberge.
- Spandau. Quite a number of hotels here, and close to forest/park.