Berlin is one of the metropolises which does not really have one center, but many. As we are staying in Berlin very often, I got the chance to explore different running routes in Berlin. Our very first Running in Berlin will feature West Berlin which means the Tiergarten, Zoo and Kurfürstendamm area. Try this run if you want to mix sightseeing and nature!
Even though I’ve been lucky with the weather most times I did running guides, I was not this time.
It was not really cold on the day I went running in Berlin, but it was very cloudy, windy and even a little rainy.
Anyway, I decided to start my run at the Hotel Palace Berlin, but you can actually start at every hotel / hostel along the route (there are many in the area).
The first some hundred meters of the run are nothing special at all, so if you get the chance to do so, skip these!
It’s worth taking this route nevertheless as you’ll have a unique view starting at kilometer 1.
The running route leads along the Berlin Zoo, which is renowned for housing several hundred different animals. On this unique route, you’ll be able to watch animals without paying the entry fee.
On the back side of the zoo (where the route leads you along), you’ll see especially animals from Africa, but also some others. At most times, they are outside of their shed, so don’t be surprised if a lama appears next to you (no worries, there is a fence).
From there, this part of the run is really enjoyable as you’ll run along the “Landwehrkanal” on very good tracks.
A few meters before kilometer 2, I decided to cross the Landwehrkanal to enjoy the Tiergarten (one of the biggest parks in Berlin).
If you are more likely to visit the Schloss Charlottenburg, you may decide to follow the Landwehrkanal, but be aware that it is a long run back and forth. At this very point, there is also another possibility.
If you run straight after crossing the Landwehrkanal, you’ll reach the Brandenburger Tor and the Regierungsviertel after a few kilometers (more about that in another Running Guide).
If you want to explore the Tiergarten and Kurfürstendamm area instead, you should follow this guide!
Between kilometer 2 and 3, you’ll have the chance to make the run shorter or longer with taking one of the many paths inside the Tiergarten. I decided to take a shorter one to enjoy watching the zoo animals once again.
Due to that, I came back to my original route after approximately three kilometers. This time, I decided to follow the Landwehrkanal a little longer, so I could have a look at the party headquarters of the biggest German party CDU.
In this area, there are also many hotels, so you may start your run here as well.
The following two kilometers are a little boring as you’ll just see some residential areas and a lot of traffic, but the boring time is worth the effort when you arrive at the Kurfürstendamm.
Even though I usually stay in the Tiergarten area longer while running in Berlin, I decided to run all the way back to the Kurfürstendamm for this running guide as I’m of the opinion that connecting nature and sightseeing is an amazing opportunity for someone who is not in Berlin very often.
If you take my running route, you’ll arrive at the stunning Kurfürstendamm at kilometer 6. As the walkaways are broad and in good condition, it’s lovely to run along the “Ku’damm”. Be sure to have a look at all the shops before you’ll arrive at the Breitscheidplatz again.
Here you can see the amazing architecture of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel and the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche, one of the most important landmarks in Berlin. I’m sure you’ll enjoy this run if you are in Berlin for the first time.
What I particularly like is the fact that you can either shorten or extend the run at different points, so you can either enjoy the nature or the sightseeing part a little longer.
In the West Berlin area, there definitely is no better route to run. Enjoy!