The third largest city in Germany and the capital of the German state of Bavaria, a.k.a “The Dream City,” Munich boasts 10 universities, vast urban green tracts, dozens of must-see sights, and a year-round festive spirit. Munich is also located about an hour and a half from the Alps, with glacial lakes also a short drive away. Running in Munich is typical of many European cities, with centrally located parks and waterside paths. Note: For guided running tours in Munich, we highly recommend our friends at Go! Running Tours.
The best places to run in Munich center on the large Englischer Garten, and extensive paths along the Isar River. For a lovely run around the grounds of an old castle, head to Schlosspark Nymphenburg. For some hills and history, head to Luitpold Park and the Olympic complex. We’ve also included recommendations for some additional parks and lakes just outside the city.
One great aspect of Munich is the ‘inner city,’ which occupies such a small area that everything is close and easy to visit, and also making the city very walkable. There is also excellent public transport, with subways and trains (U-Bahn and S-Bahn), as well as trams and buses. Areas outside the city are well served by trains. With its orchestras, ensembles, opera houses, and theatre, Munich is also a very culturally active city.