Munich Marathon

Sightseeing on the run

A different way to see the sights: every year, always one week after Oktoberfest, over 20,000 marathon fans hit the ground running for a tour around Munich.

Munich Marathon leads them past some of the city’s most beautiful landmarks: After setting off from the Olympic Park, they pass through the Englischer Garten (English Garden), past the art nouveau villas in the Bogenhausen district and through to the Gasteig cultural centre.

The route then crosses over the Isarbrücke bridge into the Glockenbach neighbourhood to Gärtnerplatz (Gardener’s Square), before then leading the runners down Sendlinger Strasse, across Marienplatz square to the Nationaltheater (Opera House).

Runners then get the chance to see the Residenz palace, the Pinakothek galleries, the square at Odeonsplatz and Theatinerkirche (Theatine Church), Königsplatz square, the Siegestor (Victory Gate) and Leopoldstrasse before returning to the finish line in the Olympic Stadium.

As well as the prestigious 42.195-kilometre marathon route, runners can also compete in a half-marathon, a marathon relay and a ten-kilometre route. If you prefer a more leisurely pace, then why not sign up for the Trachtenlauf (“Traditional Costume Run”) on the day before the marathon.

From dirndls and lederhosen to kilts and kimonos, the three-kilometre long route through Munich’s Olympic Park puts traditional costumes to the test. Once they’ve reached the finish line, runners can enjoy a traditional Bavarian breakfast with Weisswurst and wheat beer.



Photo: Christian Kasper


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