Running in Germany

Why I’m Running More in Germany

In Lifestyle, Living Abroad by Tom @ Abroad American2 Comments

When I lived back in Chicago, I ran occasionally to keep up my health and fitness. My average run was about three or four miles, and I probably got around to it twice a week during my better weeks. However, I’ve noticed that in the past 6 months, I’ve been running more in Germany. Objectively, my run in Chicago was more scenic and beautiful than my run here. I lived in East Lakeview, very close to the north end of Lincoln Park and the Lakefront Trail. This is one of the best (and most used) running routes in the country. You get to run next to a lake, with Lincoln Park’s greenery and the beautiful skyline in the background.

In my current living situation, my run consists of running up a local street to a bridge which crosses the motorway and leads to a place called Südpark (South Park, cue Cartman’s voice). The park is a nice park to run though, it’s very much a kind of urban mini-forest with a web of dirt trails throughout. It’s nice, but no Lakefront Trail. Still, I find myself running more in Germany. So, why? I think this is the result of a couple of things: I have more time in my day. As a student, sometimes I have some extra time during the day to run and quickly shower afterward. Back when I was working, I didn’t have access to a shower to clean off after a mid-day run. Secondly, kilometers are shorter than miles. Seriously, this is huge. It feels so much better to say I’ve run 5 kilometers, than 3.1 miles. Sure yea, it’s shorter. But the psychology works for me, getting out and running a quick 5k is so much easier for me than 4 or so miles.

That second reason may seem a little silly, but I challenge you to switch to kilometers on your running app and tell me you’re not running more often.

Bonus photo from my running route!

Running in Germany

My normal route takes me over a motorway and into a small forest-park nearby.


  1. I think Germany also puts a lot of effort into having nature in the city, so there are more opportunities for running. Even better (for a cyclist like me), there are bike paths and trails everywhere! You can ride from any city to any city in the whole country!

    1. Author

      You’re right on that – Germany has put lots of effort into that, especially Munich.

      The people of Munich are very spoiled when it comes to parks and the very accessible nearby nature – that includes the dedicated, designated bike routes which run all through the city. There’s also three separate bike route rings within/around the city, which connect all those other routes which cross the city.

      Even better, there are routes to nearby Bavarian towns and cities, as well as to other destinations outside the state and even outside Germany. It’s a totally different kind of travel/leisure within a country or region, and I REALLY like it.

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