Half Marathon, Marathon, Race Review, Road Races

Königsschlösser Romantik Marathon Füssen

You might have never heard of the German town Füssen. But you’ve probably heard of Neuschwanstein castle, the famous castle of King Ludwig of Bavaria, which is located nearby. The Königsschlösser Romantik Marathon is a small local race that covers exactly this area and runs past the pretty castles and lakes of the Füssen area. They offer a Half Marathon and 10km race on Saturday, as well as a Marathon on Sunday. I ran it as marathon no. 8 of my 12 Marathons in 12 months project, and really enjoyed the castle view (after Disney castle, Prague castle and Liechtenstein Vaduz castle).

 

Travel

Füssen is a small town located in the south of Bavaria, right at the border of the Alps. The easiest way to get there is by car or train. The nearest airports are Munich  or Innsbruck. The city itself is pretty small, so everything is walking distance.

Bib Pick Up and pre race

The bib pick up is lcoated in the Marathon tent, which is set up on a big parking lot in the middle of the city. There are only around 600 runners running the Marathon, and you can basically register until the start at 7:30. In the tent you can also get food and drinks and buy some runninig gear. But don’t expect much, as the event is really small.

the start and finishl ine is located right across the parking lot. In the parking lot you can also find 6 (!) portapotties, which does not sound much, but is enough for all the runners.

 

Königsschlösser Romantik Marathon race course

The first half of the course heads west towards and around lake Hopfensee before returning back to Füssen. Afterwards it heads east along lake Forggensee. At approximately kilometer 30 you start to run at the bottom of Neuschwanstein castle and Hohenschwangau castle. The view and scenery is absolutely fantastic. After running around the small lake Schwansee the course heads back into Füssen. One final climb and you are decending toward the finish line, where they spectators cheer you on and hout your name.

Königsschlösser Romantik Marathon

Most of the course is on tar and concrete roads, but also gravel paths and trails. The refreshment stations are well equipped with water, sports drinks, coke, food and sponges. The volunteers are absolutely lovely, shout out your name and cheer you on. Unfortunately there are no porta potties on the course, but there are enough bushes in case you really need to go.

Füssen Marathon

Füssen Marathon

Füssen Marathon

Post race

The finish line area is really small, and spectators can greet you right at the finish line. You are then handed your medal and a space blanket to keep warm. There is also plenty to eat and drink. After the race you can head back to the main Marathon tent and watch the awards ceremony and raffle. Another big bonus are the showers in the ice statium, which is just a short walk away. The showers are not great, but they do their job.

Füssen Marathon

Sightseeing

Of course the main attraction is the famous Neuschwanstein Castle. But don’t miss out on the smaller castle Hohenschwangau, or the castle and monastery in Füssen itself.

You can also take a gondola ride up the Tegelberg.

After the Königsschlösser Romantik Marathon you can relax in the local thremal spa “Kristalltherme Schwangau”.

 

Füssen Marathon

Half Marathon, Race Review, Road Races

Hella Hamburg Half Marathon

The Hella Hamburg Half Marathon is always happening around the beginning of July, and  probably the second most well known race in Hamburg after the Hamburg Marathon. Just like the Half Marathon during Hamburg Marathon it features a nice sightseeing route through the picturesque city and covers all the important sights.

Travel

Hamburg is Germany’s second largest city and therefore well connected by plane, train or bus. It also has a gread public transport system, so you can get to the bib pick up, start line and finish line very easily.

Bib Pick-Up

The bib pick up is located at the Hamburg Messe exhibition center. You can easily reach it via the Messehallen Underground stop. The pick-up process is fairly easy, you just need your confirmation email. You can also pick up the bibs of other runners if you have their confirmation email as well.

Pre-Race

The start of the Hella Hamburg Half Marathon is located at the famous Reeperbahn red light district. You can easily reach it via the Underground station St. Pauli or Train station Reeperbahn. There are water stations at the start provided by Hella, a water and drinks company. There are also porta potties at the side of the start corrals.

Hella Hamburg Half Marathon

Hella Hamburg Half Marathon course

The Hella Hamburg Half Marathon race starts at the famous Reeperbahn, a red light district in the center of Hamburg. It then heads west and then turns around to go back along the river Elbe and the famous port.

After the famous Elbphilharmonie you run first to the Binnenalster and then around the Außenalster, a picturesque lake in the center of Hamburg.

Hella Hamburg Half Marathon

The final stretch goes back to the Hamburg Messe Exhibition center.

Post-Race

Once you arrive at the exhibition center you are directed through various halls and courtyards. There is the finisher medal, and refreshments like water, sports drinks, non alcoholic wheat beer and food. There are also quite good shower facilities, so pack a towel and dry clothes into your drop bag. Also don’t forget to drop off your rental timing chip there in case you have rented one.

Hella Hamburg Half Marathon

Sightseeing

Even though Hamburg is not situated at the shore it has one of the biggest ports in Europe. Make sure to check out everything marine related along the river Elbe, including the old warehouse district (and now luxury residence area) called “Speicherstadt”.

Also the 1 billion USD building of Elbphilharmonie is a must-see. If you have the time you should go and see a concert there.

Hella Hamburg Half Marathon
Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

More of my favorite sights include:

  • Jungfernsteig and Binnenalster
  • Außenalster
  • Reeperbahn red light district
  • Hamburg’s famous church Hauptkirche ST. Michaeli, also known as “Michel”
LGT Alpin Marathon
Marathon, Race Review, Road Races, Running, Trail Races, Trailrunning

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Have you ever heard of Liechtenstein, a tiny European country in the middle of the Alps? It is only 24.8km long and 12.4 kilometers wide. But it turns out you can run a Maraton there. So I ran 42.195kilometers from North to South and 1800m of elevation gain from the bottom to the top at the LGT Alpin Marathon as part of my 12 Marathons in 12 Monts project.

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Prague Marathon
Half Marathon, Marathon, Race Review, Road Races, Running

Prague Marathon

Prague Marathon is the biggest and most important marathon of the Czech Republic. It is always held in early May, and features the highlights of the wonderful old town. Prague Marathon offers the classic distance as well as a two Half Marathon relay race.

I ran Prague Marathon as marathon no. 6 of my 12 Marathons in 12 months project and I really loved it, except for the cobblestones and tram tracks. But that is something you probably have to accept when running in an old historic city like that.

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