Sightjogging in Munich

Whenever we’re on the road, we tend to abandon our weekly workout. There’s just so much to do and see - especially during a city trip - that we hardly have any time left to go for a run. However, we’ve found a solution to your problem: why don’t you just combine your sightseeing program with a little exercise? This increasingly popular trend is called “sightjogging” and it’s simply awesome! Find out about two amazing sightjogging routes through Munich, which both conveniently start right in front of carathotel München and hotelmüller München.

Route 1: Sightjogging around Theresienwiese (length: 4.7 km)

Run around the site of the famous Oktoberfest and climb the stairs to the statue of Bavaria!

First of all: you’d better avoid this sightjogging route during Oktoberfest - unless you love obstacle courses through large crowds of people ;-). However, when there’s no major event taking place, this route is actually quite beautiful and worth seeing! It’s particularly interesting right before or after Oktoberfest and Spring Festival - if you’re lucky, you may get to watch the facilities being assembled or dismantled, thus obtaining an exclusive peek behind the scenes.

Running jogging sights Theresienwiese Oktoberfest
Sightjogging in Munich around Theresienwiese

Let’s start directly in front of carathotel München. Take a left and run down “Lindwurmstraße”, which leads away from the city center and towards “Goetheplatz” square. At the square, turn right into “Mozartstraße” and head directly towards “Theresienwiese”, the famous setting for Munich’s annual Oktoberfest. Upon arrival at Theresienwiese, turn left and take the route around the fairground in clockwise direction. Don’t be surprised to find that Theresienwiese is not actually a meadow (as the German name suggests), but a paved square - after all, real grass would not survive the crowds that frequently cross the plaza. Almost halfway around Theresienwiese, you’ll find yourself right in front of a huge Bavaria statue and the Hall of Fame. “Bavaria” is the patroness of the federal state of Bavaria. Within the statue’s head, you’ll find an observation platform with two benches to rest a little. If you have some energy left at this point, you should definitely take the winding staircase up to the platform and enjoy the view across Theresienwiese and the surrounding districts of Munich. To complete your run, take the same route back to the hotel.

Here's the link to the route on Google Maps: Sightjogging around Theresienwiese

Sightjogging across “Alter Südfriedhof” cemetery and along the river Isar (length: from 1.5 kilometers)

Across the old cemetery and the banks of river Isar - this run can be extended at your discretion!

Although very nice to run, the second route is not for the faint at heart when it’s getting dark. It leads directly across Munich’s mystical Alter Südfriedhof cemetery with its majestic tombs and ornate headstones. However, it’s not scary at all by day and a great spot to go for a run or a walk or to enjoy some silent contemplation.

Running Jogging Munich Isar river
Sightjogging along the banks of the river Isar

This second route starts directly in front of the carathotel as well. Once again, you must turn left, but immediately take “Augsburger Straße” this time to enter the picturesque “Glockenbachviertel” district. From there, you’ll have to take “Thalkirchener Straße” to get to the old cemetery. Cross the cemetery until reaching the other side, but don’t forget to look to your left and right while you’re running - you might spot a few famous names from Munich’s and Bavaria’s history on the moss-covered, slightly askew tombstones. Leave the cemetery through the southern gate and turn left towards one of Munich’s most popular running tracks: the banks of the river Isar. Cross the river at “Wittelsbacher Brücke” bridge and turn right to run through the park.

Depending on your stamina, ambition and time, you can continue running for as long as you like. The route along the banks of the river Isar offers some spectacular views, a great atmosphere and ideal conditions for a long run. If you want to return to the hotel immediately, cross the river once again and take the same way back.

Here's the link to the route on Google Maps: Sightjogging along Isar