A Baroque jewel set on the banks of the River Elbe, Dresden is an attractive city graced by ceremonial staircases, panoramic terraces, large squares, and numerous statues and important cultural buuldings. Although the city was almost entirely destroyed during WWII, Dresden has experienced a renaissance, with many historic buildings restored. The historic older section, the Altstadt, is on the Elbe’s southern bank, while the Neustadt is on the northern bank. There are several wonderful spots for running in Dresden, all accessible from the center.
The best place to run in Dresden is along the 7+ km of paths along either side of the Elbe River. We also love Grosser Garten, the city’s signature park. Our ‘runseeing’ tour of Altstadt and Neustadt hits Dresden’s highlights in a largely pedestrianized area. For some off-road and trail running, the huge Dresden Heath (Dresdner Heide) is a treat. And, it’s the 1/2 hour journey to Schlosspark Moritzburg to run the castle’s spectacular grounds.
Transport in Dresden is, predictably, fantastic, with trains, trams, and buses that easily access all our running routes.