Leipzig, Germany

Our Guide to the Best Places to Run in Leipzig and Nearby Areas


Leipzig is the largest city in the German state of Saxony, and sits at the confluence of the White Elster, Pleiße and Parthe rivers. It’s a very green city with many riverside paths, parks, and forest trails within the inner ring road that follows the old city walls. Leipzig is known for its Riparian Forests (Auwald), which are wooded areas next to a river or other body of water, as well as its numerous lakes. Our guide to running in Leipzig showcases a lot of variety in a small geographic area.

Among the best places to run in Leipzig are along the 12 km of riverside paths, and our parks loop, which showcases Clara-Zetkin Park and Palmengarten. We’ve mapped two routes in Leipzig’s Auwald — the northern section features more wooded paths, while the southern section features more of a floodplain landscape. Just south of Leipzig, there’s a wonderful 10k loop around Cospuden Lake, with many other parks and trails nearby.

Like other cities in Germany, Leipzig has a great transportation system, with trains, light rail, and buses, providing easy access to all of our routes and opportunities for one-way runs.

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Leipzig has an oceanic climate typical of the rest of Germany. Summers are mild and pleasant, with ample sunshine and temperatures in the 25C (75F) during the day and mild nights. In winter, average highs are just above freezing and average lows are just below it. There can be snow and slippery conditions. Rainfall is evenly spread throughout the year. Note that winters can be quite overcast.


Leipzig is a popular commercial and visitor destination, with a good selection of accommodations. Try to stay near the center, inside the ‘ring road’, with access to all of our great running routes in Leipzig.

Leipzig has several centrally located running and outdoor recreation stores, including an outlet of Runners Point. See the overview map for details and locations.