WanderlustFive great running routes in Frankfurt

What better way to get up close and personal with the city?

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With a landmark-lined river, leafy parks and soaring skyscrapers, Frankfurt is a jogger’s paradise. Whether you’re visiting Germany’s financial capital for business or pleasure, here are five running routes to persuade you to slip on your trainers and take to this city’s outdoor spaces. 

 

Palmengarten Grüneburgpark

Distance: 6km

If you’re seeking attractive green spaces, this route takes in the city’s prettiest gardens and parks. To the northwest you’ll find the beautiful botanical Palmengarten and its neighbouring Grüneburgpark. Begin at the intersection of both and loop clockwise around the Palmengarten’s exotic blooms, ponds and pavilions. Cross over into Grüneburgpark and pick your route among the park’s maze of pathways. There’s a Korean garden, rolling lawns and picturesque woodlands to tick off as you jog by. 

 

Frankfurt City Centre

Distance: 6km

This urban ring route takes in all of Frankfurt’s key architectural highlights, offering a sightseeing tour of the city. Start at Jumeirah Frankfurt and head south towards Altstadt until you reach the historic St Paul’s Church on the edge of the medieval Römerberg Square. Admire the square’s fairytale timbered buildings and head onwards to the River Main, crossing on Eiserner Steg footbridge. Head left and follow the river path, then cross back over to the north bank via Ignatz-Bubis-Brücke and into the pretty Obermainanlage park that curves around the city. Continue through the park away from the river, looping round anti-clockwise until you reach Bethmannpark. Pick up Bleichstrasse, turning left past the Church of St Peter and back to Jumeirah Frankfurt.

 

Bankenviertel

Distance: 5km

If you’re in town to do business, take some time out in Frankfurt’s banking district to explore its surrounds on foot. Located in the west of Innenstadt, the Bankenviertel is home to gleaming steel and glass skyscrapers. Starting at the historic Alte Oper opera house, head south down Neue Mainzer Strasse until you reach the unmissable Main Tower. Pick up Taunusstrasse, passing the Bundesbank and hop onto the main highway until you reach the incredible, Norman Foster-designed Commerzbank. Go right onto Güterplatz passing Tower 185, through Westendplatz and back to the opera house. 

 

Main River

Distance: 7km

Slicing through the centre of Frankfurt, the scenic River Main offers a welcome break from the bustle of the city. On its north bank sits Frankfurt’s historic old town, and to the south, you’ll find rows of museums. Start at Park Nizza, a slender stretch of green on the north bank and run east along the riverside to the Friedensbrücke bridge. Cross over and, turning left, head past the Goethe Museum and legendary Städel Museum until you reach the Deutschherrnbrücke. Cross here and loop back to where you began via the architectural charms of Altstadt.

 

Wallanlagen Path

Distance: 7.5km

Skirting the 14th-century city walls, the swooping curve of the Wallanlagen green belt encases the centre of Frankfurt. This run follows the length of these leafy gardens, with a backdrop of the metropolis’s shimmering skyscrapers. Enter Obermainanlage gate at Wallanlagen’s southern tip and follow the path north, past the Rechneigrabenweiher pond. You’ll pass through the city’s old town, moving up to the modern areas of Frankfurt. Finish up at Bockenheimer Anlage pond at the end of the Wallanlagen.