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Run to the Skyline at Olympiaberg Hill
Created for the 1972 Summer Olympics, the sprawling green space of Olympiapark is an oasis in the urban environment of Munich’s Oberwiesenfeld neighbourhood. Take a break from hectic day-to-day life and explore the versatile outdoor area, there’s no shortage of things to do here.
Practice your backhand at one of the clay tennis courts, sign up for an inline skating class or join one of the many running events or bootcamps on offer. Why not set your running route to the top of Olympiaberg hill for a breathtaking skyline view? For a vertical challenge, drop your name into the raffle for a chance to do the annual Tower Run, a race that takes you up the 1230 stairs to the top of the Olympic Tower.
Fed by rushing waters from the Alps, the Isar River cuts its path through Munich and is a great place to head for some urban countryside vibes. Take one of the Isar Trails that lead through the woods alongside the river for a scenic run or mountain biking. The further south you head, the more rural it feels. Once your muscles are sufficiently weary, stop off for a refreshing dip in the crisp water, or why not do as the locals do, float downstream and take a relaxing walk back? Riverside hangouts are perfect for a BBQ, just make sure you’re south of the Brudermühlbrücke bridge where it’s allowed to do so. When you’ve had enough and want to cool down, pop in to one of the traditional beer gardens along the river like the Zum Flaucher, Menterschwaige or the Isar Alm.
Making the most of urban structures
A parking garage might not be an obvious tip for travellers, but in the Bavarian capital they offer an unexpected experience. Make your way to the north end of the city, specifically the Parkhaus Fröttmaning for a workout with a worthy reward. Get your blood pumping by running up the stairs to the top of the parking structure. Once at the top you’ll find some of the best views of the city. Although the building isn’t exceptionally tall, on a clear day you can see the mountains.
A vertical challenge
Once you’ve had your fill of the urban experience, make the most of Munich’s close proximity to the mountains. Staying in the town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, get up bright and early to catch the first cable car of the day to the Osterfelderkopf for an adrenaline filled mountain adventure on the Alpspitz-Ferrata. Once you’ve climbed to the peak the awe-inspiring views include one over Germany’s highest mountain Zugspitze. Don’t worry if you don’t have your own climbing gear, you can easily rent some from WN Alpin in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. A tip is to do the trail on a weekday as it tends to be less crowded.
An active weekend getaway
Soak up the serene atmosphere at lake Seebensee by the town of Ehrwald. One of the best views of the lake can be achieved by running or walking up to the Coburger Hütte. From here you can gaze out over the lake and the Zugspitze mountain. If you’re in luck it will be a clear day, then you’ll be able to see the tall mountain reflected in the glasslike surface of the lake. Check in to the Coburger Hütte for an active outdoors weekend and try more of the hiking trails in the area like the Hoher Gang.