Hannover, Germany

A Comprehensive Guide to the Best Places to Run in Hannover

Hanover (Hannover) Germany is the capital and largest city of Lower Saxony, located in the north central part of the country at the confluence of the Leine and Ihme Rivers. This historic city is famous for its architecture, gardens, and public artwork — all of which are central to our guide to running in Hanover.

The most popular running routes are the multi-use paths along the Leine and Ihme Rivers, starting from Maschpark. The stunning Herrenhauser Allee in Georgengarten and the loop around Maschsee are also don’t-miss running destinations. We’ve also included routes through the main strip of Georgstraße, the large Eilenriede urban forest, the Benther Berg ridgeline, the promenades of Steinhuder Meer, and the Altwarmbüchener See lake.

Thanks to Germany’s extensive U-Bahn subway system, getting around Hannover is quick and efficient. In some of our further-flung destinations, bus services and taxis may be useful for the last leg.

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Running Hannover’s Ponds

Hannover, Germany

Pleasant paths around several ponds (teich) in the south part of Hannover. A loop around is ~5 km. South end Leine River path heading south to Wülfel is a nice add-on. Can also combine with other river path routes and the Maschsee loop.

Benther Berg

Hannover, Germany

A great way to experience the quiet German countryside is to head to the southwest outskirts of Hannover and run along the Benther Berg ridgeline. There are miles of dirt singletrack, as well as gravel and brick farm roads.

Hannover’s climate is similar to that of Hamburg. Average high temperatures in the mild but somewhat rainy June through September period are in the 23C (mid 70s) range, with cool-ish nights. The 660 mm (26 inches) of rain are fairly evenly spread throughout the year. Winter temps hover around freezing, with January high temperatures just above it and lows just below it. There can be some snow and ice in winter. It can be quite overcast much of the winter, with relatively low sunshine.


There are hotels all over Hannover, but most are located in the center of the city. Visitors can search for accommodations at

Running stores in Hannover include Jogging Point, Runners Point, and SportScheck.

There aren’t many running clubs we know of, but let us know if you hear of one!

The Hanover Marathon is the city’s premiere running event.