Located on the banks of the River Elbe, Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany, a major European port, and an important hub of international finance and economics. In addition, this UNESCO World Heritage site is a top destination for domestic and international tourism. The historic setting, extensive water system, large areas of parkland, and charming neighborhoods make running in Hamburg a delight.
The city’s central Jungfernstieg boulevard connects the Neustadt (new town) with the Altstadt (old town). The best places to run in Hamburg are the extensive paths along Alster Lake and the Elbe and Alster Rivers. For green, enjoy running in the numerous public parks, such as Stadtpark and the Planten Un Blomen. Runners will also delight in routes through Hamburg’s most scenic neighborhoods, including stately Altona, elegant Eppendorf, and quiet Klein Flottbek. We’ve also put together a great ‘runseeing’ tour of this historic city.
Transportation in Hamburg is a cinch: not only is the city supremely walkable, the well organized and efficient public transportation system makes travel easy. Most of our routes are easily accessible via the S-Bahn train and U-Bahn subway system.
Special thanks to Keith of JoggingRoutes.org for his help on this guide!