Peaceful Running Routes in Strasbourg

Parc de l'Orangerie in Strasbourg | © Caroline Alexandre/Flickr
Parc de l'Orangerie in Strasbourg | © Caroline Alexandre/Flickr
Photo of Sylvia Edwards Davis
Writer22 October 2017

With a combination of beautiful natural spaces, tranquil waters, and stunning historical backdrops, Strasbourg is a great city for runners, joggers, and those looking to stay fit and active. Here are some of the ideal routes for those who prefer a quiet and peaceful run to try.

Jardin des Deux Rives

La Passarelle des Deux Rives | ©Philippe de Rexel/OT Strasbourg
One of the newest parks in Strasbourg, the Deux-Rives Gardens offers a pleasant route that spans the two shores of the Rhine River—one kilometer (.62 miles) or so on the French side and just over one kilometer on the German side—plus the pedestrian bridge offers the little extra thrill of running in two countries.

Parc de l’Orangerie

Parc de l’Orangerie, is located in the European Quarter, adjacent to the European Parliament. It is the oldest park in the city, covering over 26 hectares (about 64 acres), and a popular spot for visitors and locals. While there is a high affluence of people, it is large enough to find quieter paths to enjoy a peaceful run and maybe even spot some of Strasbourg’s beloved storks.

The Bruche Canal

For serious long-distance exploits, the canal de la Bruche is an excellent running/cycling path that starts in Strasbourg and keeps going on for about 30km (18.6 miles) or so through the lovely countryside. The route leaves Strasbourg to the south, following a path along the Ill River until it joins the Bruche Canal and its locks.

Canal de la Bruche, France

Canal de la Bruche | Courtesy of Alsace Tourisme

The Citadel Park

Citadelle Park | © Francois Schnell/Flickr
The Citadel Park was originally designed in the 17th century as part of the defence system to protect the city. Today, its beautiful 12 hectares (about 30 acres) attracts local residents to enjoy its natural beauty and visitors to discover the history and military architecture of the Citadel fortress.

Pourtalès Park

Chateau de Pourtales
Chateau de Pourtales | ©Jonathan M/ WikiCommons
Pourtalès Park, named after the Countess Mélanie de Pourtalès, is designed in a style heavily influenced by English landscaping. The elegant castle is surrounded by vast lawns and majestic trees. All around the park, there are works of art by contemporary artists.

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