Now in its 44th year, the Berlin Marathon is a race not to be missed, for spectators and runners alike. It’s a jovial afternoon when thousands of athletes will complete the fabled 26 mile circuit around the city. Happening this Sunday, the 24th September, the race is popular among running enthusiasts as one of the six ‘major’ world marathons, it’s speedy flat course the perfect place to set a new personal best.
Starting in the leafy green Tiergarten next to the looming golden Victory Column, the route starts by leading runners around the northern districts of Moabit, Mitte and Friedrichshain. It then snakes through the southern neighbourhoods of Neukölln, Kreuzberg, Schöneberg and Steglitz, before coming quote close to the hotel in City West. Participants then enjoy the iconic home straight, through Potsdamer Platz to the finishing line just 400m from the iconic Brandenburg Gate.
For those visiting the city with a limited time frame the marathon route provides an extensive overall tour of the city, passing by landmarks such as the Reichstag, the Berlinerdom and the TV Tower. If you don’t feel like completing the race yourself, we recommend seeing your friends off at the start line in the Tiergarten, before sightseeing in Mitte and then heading back to City West, where you can enjoy some afternoon shopping and Kaffee and Kuchen – a Berlin tradition you should definitely try. Head back to the finishing line a few hours later to join the throng of other spectators who will be out in force to encourage the runners – cheering, singing, clapping and even using kitchenware as makeshift rattles and drums. A day of celebration and high spirits, you don’t have to be a pro runner by any means to take part in this lively event. For more information visit the Berlin Marathon website.