The 32nd Vattenfall Berlin half marathon will be run on 1st April this year, not far from the ARCOTEL Velvet in the midst of Berlin’s art and culture scene.
But Berlin’s Vattenfall half marathon does more than just make sporting hearts beat faster: the 21.0975 km route also provides an impressive sightseeing tour through Germany’s beautiful capital.
The starting gun for the famous marathon goes off in the Karl-Marx-Allee, close to the Berlin Cathedral and just 20 minutes and away from the ARCOTEL Velvet on foot. The athletes then run through the Brandenburg Gate, past the famous “Berliner Linden” to Charlottenburg Palace, along the Ku'Damm, past the Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche and finally over the Potsdamer Platz to cross the finishing line at the Red City Hall.
The Vattenfall Berlin half marathon is the largest German marathon of its type and is now a set fixture in Berlin’s programme of running events. Every year the half marathon attracts runners, walkers, skaters and spectators to Berlin from all over the world.
In 2011, 28,869 athletes from 102 countries took up the marathon challenge. This was also a record year with more than 20,000 of the participants crossing the finishing line for the first time in the marathon’s history.
This fascinating sporting event in the heart of Berlin makes a wonderful start to spring. Enjoy coming together to run, walk or saunter through Berlin's bustling streets, or linger in the city’s parks which are now bursting into bloom.