Running in Berlin became something like a passion of me as we visit Berlin quite often. This time, I decided to run along the Spree to get a feeling for the jogging routes of the citizens. Sadly, running along the Spree is not as easy as you may except as the routes right next to the river end abrupt. Nevertheless, running in Berlin was quite interesting once again!
This time, I started my run at Hotel de Rome, located right next to the impressive Humboldt University. Considering it was spring, I was lucky with the weather.
There were some clouds, but it was mostly sunny, making running very enjoyable.
As I decided to run along the Spree, this running guide is one of the easiest to follow if you are in Berlin. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it!
After crossing Bebelplatz and admiring Humboldt University, I instantly turned right when I saw water.
This river, however, was not the Spree, but the Spreekanal which originates the Spree and flows into it again after two kilometers.
As I didn’t mind, I decided to run along the Spreekanal.
Something I can fully recommend as there are no important streets on the promenade and it was quite calm considering I was running in a metropolis.
At the place where the Spree and the Spreekanal merge again, running gets a little more complicated.
At the moment, there are several construction sites and there are not many paths for running.
However, the area is pretty nice with residential buildings and only small streets. When running, I was also able to see people living on boats, right in the center of Berlin.
The next few hundred meters were pretty enjoyable once again as the flair as well as the views when running next to the river are great.
Sadly, that’s not true for the next area I was running to.
Quite abrupt, the running paths along the Spree ended opposite of the public transportation station Jannowitzbrücke.
As I wasn’t able to follow the river anymore, I decided to check out the area around Ostbahnhof, one of Berlin’s biggest and most popular train stations.
To be honest, I wouldn’t do this again. The area is anything but nice and still looks like all buildings originate from the times of Communism in the German Democratic Republic.
However, it was interesting to see that there are little gardens between all the prefabricated buildings.
These didn’t make the area any more beautiful, but at least nice for running.
To cover more of Berlin, I decided to run from Ostbahnhof to Alexanderplatz. The latter is known as a location for partying and shopping.
As lucky as I usually am while running, I stumbled into a large market which looked nice.
Yet, it was not as nice as my way back to the hotel, where I spotted several interesting sights including Berlin Cathedral, Neptune Fountain and many more.
Running in Berlin was very interesting once again.
Seeing some parts of Berlin that are off the beaten track and show that Berlin is not all shiny was something I would recommend for experienced travelers and runners.
However, if you are looking for a sightseeing run in Berlin, I’d say the running guide including Brandenburg Gate, the Museum Island, Berlin Cathedral as well as the impressive Central Station is the better choice for you!