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  1. Nancy Schulz Preston
    August 3, 2023 @ 2:10 am

    This is amazing! Thanks so much. Running Berlin for the first time this year and this website is invaluable.


    • Ali
      August 3, 2023 @ 10:51 am

      Thank you, Nancy! I’m so glad to help!


  2. Sonja Dettori
    August 10, 2023 @ 2:38 pm

    Hi! Thank you for the hints. My friend and I are running Berlin for the first time and this is extremely helpful (we are both traveling from the US). Do you happen to have any tip for Frankfurt?


    • Ali
      August 10, 2023 @ 4:22 pm

      Thanks Sonja, I’m so glad you found the article helpful! I’m not a fan of Frankfurt so I don’t have many tips for things to do there. I do have this article about how to get between Berlin and Frankfurt. Most people take day trips to places like Heidelberg, Mainz, or the Rhine River.


  3. Alden
    August 11, 2023 @ 5:25 am

    Hi! This was super helpful!
    Do you recommend going to octoberfest when going to marathon? I see The best travel option is train but if you don’t have a table reserved is it worth It ?


    • Ali
      August 11, 2023 @ 12:36 pm

      Thanks Alden, glad to help! I haven’t actually been to Oktoberfest in Munich because I’m not a fan of crowds. But if you decide to go, here’s info on getting from Berlin to Munich. I agree that the train is the best option, and if you do it, definitely reserve a seat on the train, it’s only a little more money and totally worth it to have a guaranteed seat and not end up standing for 4.5 hours.

      I have heard that if you go to Oktoberfest in the morning, especially on a weekday, you have a decent chance of finding a seat if you don’t have a reservation. So if you’re willing to take the chance, it could still work out for you. Check out my friend LeAnna’s article about tables, tents, and reservations for Oktoberfest.


  4. Wendy Schaffer
    September 22, 2023 @ 10:16 pm

    This is the ONLY website/video/anything I found that walks through the course with the sights kilometer by kilometer. Thank you SO much! Invaluable to first time runners! If I finish, I’ll be glad to buy you a beer! Wendy


    • Ali
      September 23, 2023 @ 5:10 pm

      Thanks Wendy! So glad to help! Good luck tomorrow, and enjoy the race!


  5. FAW
    January 25, 2024 @ 12:59 pm

    This is very useful indeed, great article. I am not a runner but have booked a trip to Berlin in September which clashes with the marathon weekend (did not realise this when we booked!).
    I am wondering about changing dates due to the fear of everything being too busy, tourist attractions ands other areas being closed off etc. Am i right to be worried about this or will it stull be ok to visit Berlin then if my main objective is to see the city rather than the running ? Tks


    • Ali Garland, Berlin expert & long term resident
      January 25, 2024 @ 4:42 pm

      Hi, I wouldn’t worry about it too much. It’s only the actual day of the marathon that you need to be careful about where you’re going, like I wouldn’t plan on visiting the Reichstag Building, Brandenburg Gate, or Victory Column that day because they will be hard, if not impossible, to get to as a non-runner. I’d also avoid Kurfürstendamm, Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, KaDeWe (which isn’t even open on Sundays anyway), Potsdamer Platz, and Gendarmenmarkt (which is under construction) on that day because the route runs by all of them. Hopefully you’ll be here for a few days, so if any of these places are on your list to see, just plan on going to them on another day.

      You can still easily get to Museum Island and the Berliner Dom, the TV Tower, East Side Gallery, Bernauer Strasse Wall Memorial, Topography of Terror, and plenty of other places that are not along the route. There might be more people in areas that are super close to the route, but it’s mostly along the route where people will gather to watch the runners. Transport might be a little more crowded early in the morning on the day of the marathon as people are getting to the starting point. The race starts in the morning and is mostly done by early/mid afternoon. I think you’ll be fine, as long as you plan to visit attractions that are not along the route on Sunday.


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