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Running in Berlin 3

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.

  • Distance: 8 Kilometers
  • Jogged altitude: 90 Meters
  • Calories burned: 450-550
  • Month: April
  • Weather: Clear / Cloudy

There were some clouds, but it was mostly sunny, making running very enjoyable.

My jogging route through Berlin (tracked by Runtastic)

My jogging route through Berlin (tracked by Runtastic)

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!

Following the Spree

After crossing Bebelplatz and admiring Humboldt University, I instantly turned right when I saw water.

Starting at the beautiful Humboldt University

Starting at the beautiful Humboldt University

This river, however, was not the Spree, but the Spreekanal which originates the Spree and flows into it again after two kilometers.

The Spreekanal is not as big as the actual river, but quite nice for running nevertheless

The Spreekanal is not as big as the actual river, but quite nice for running nevertheless

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.

Residential areas right on the shore

At the place where the Spree and the Spreekanal merge again, running gets a little more complicated.

Residential areas right on the Spree

Residential areas right next to the Spree

At the moment, there are several construction sites and there are not many paths for running.

There are even some houseboats

There are even some houseboats

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.

Great views of the Berlin TV Tower

Great views of the Berlin TV Tower

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.

Charm of the GDR

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.

Where has the beauty of Berlin gone?'

Where is the beauty of Berlin?

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.

Charme of the German Democratic Republic

Charme of the German Democratic Republic

However, it was interesting to see that there are little gardens between all the prefabricated buildings.

Little gardens in between prefabricated buildings

Little gardens in between prefabricated buildings

These didn’t make the area any more beautiful, but at least nice for running.

Celebrations on Alexanderplatz

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.

Carnival at Alexanderplatz

Carnival at Alexanderplatz

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.

A new experience in Berlin

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.

Back where I started: Humboldt University

Back where I started: Humboldt University

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!

 

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7 Comments on “Running in Berlin 3”

  1. Love the post, running is a great way to explore a city. Stumbling upon new and exciting things is always an added perk to the exercise (and makes the run go by faster)!

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