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GENERALI MUNICH MARATHON – A sightseeing tour on the run

[Translate to Englisch:] KM18 - Chinesischer Turm im Englischen Garten

[Translate to Englisch:] KM 31 - Rathaus am Marienplatz

[Translate to Englisch:] KM 37 - Siegestor

[Translate to Englisch:] KM 42 - Olympiastadion

The Olympia Park, the Englischer Garten, Art Deco villas in Bogenhausen, the Gasteig cultural centre, the Isar Bridge, Gärtnerplatz, Sendlinger Straße, Marienplatz, the City Hall, the Bavarian State Opera, the Munich Residenz, the Pinakothek art museums, Odeonsplatz, Theatine Church, Königsplatz, the Siegestor, and Leopoldstraße. A whole host of sights punctuate the 42.195 kilometre route of the GENERALI MUNICH MARATHON, although tourists normally only get to fit them all in over the course of a day, on a tour bus. Together with our partner Munich Airport, we have picked four of the most important sights and pinpointed some interesting background information about them.

KM18 – Chinese Tower in the Englischer Garten

After the start of the marathon in Olympia Park, you’ll cover the first few kilometres before reaching the Englischer Garten, and at around the 18 km mark – almost halfway through the run – you’ll pass the Chinese Tower. This striking, roughly 25 metre-high wooden pagoda-style structure was built from 1789 to 1790, but fell victim to fire during World War II, and was only reopened in 1952. The Kochlerball (Cook’s Ball), a traditional folk dance celebration for participants of all ages, has taken place here every third Sunday in July from 6 to 10 am since 1989.

KM18 – Chinese Tower in the Englischer Garten

KM 31 – City Hall on Marienplatz

The New City Hall on Marienplatz will hove into view at around the 31 km mark. This spot is usually teeming with hordes of tourists and visitors from all over the world. The stately building was constructed between 1867 and 1909 and today serves as the seat of the mayor, the city council and the municipal administration. Together with its Neo-Gothic design, the City Hall is also known for its glockenspiel, with 43 bells ringing out at 11 am and 12 pm every day, and at 5 pm from March to October. If you’re lucky, you might be running past at the exact moment when the clock really does strike twelve.

KM 31 – City Hall on Marienplatz

KM 37 – the Siegestor

Over the last few kilometres, you’ll find yourself literally on the winning track. It’s not far to the finish line now, and you’ll be cheered on enthusiastically by the crowds lining the route. Running north along Ludwigstraße, you’ll pass the Siegestor. This 24-metre triumphal arch was built between 1843 and 1859 and was based on the Arch of Constantine in Rome. It was heavily damaged in World War II, but was rebuilt in 1958 and has been topped by a quadriga since 1972. Unlike the Brandenburger Gate in Berlin, in this case the chariot is pulled by four lions.

KM 42 – the Olympia Stadium

The grand finale is in the Olympia Stadium, which was originally constructed for the 1972 Olympic Games and was the home venue for both Bayern Munich and TSV 1860 Munich football clubs until 2005. This landmark, with its striking glass roof, has been a listed building since 1997, and serves as the finishing line for the GMM every October. Numerous open-air concerts are also held here in summer, with thousands of people listening in from the surrounding Olympia Park. There won’t be quite as much eavesdropping on the day of the GMM, but the celebration will be just as big!

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