Tips for the best viewing spots
If you want to experience the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON Inline Skating as a spectator, you will have the opportunity to watch the skaters at multiple spots along the course. Please keep in mind, that the race's pace is incredibly fast, so following a spectating schedule along the course can be difficult to realize. Making a plan and taking the anticipated intermediate skating times into account is essential here. Especially if you want to support one particular skater.
Our tip - the Start and Finish Line Village
There are two options at the start: On the south side of the road, there will be a free grandstand for family and friends directly at the starting line; the second prime viewing spot will be on the north side of the boulevard Strasse des 17. Juni. Both stands enable a fantastic view to the first and last metres of the race. Besides, there are videowalls, live-commenting and catering available to make your spectating experience the most convenient possible. Admission is free. However, no dogs or bikes are allowed in this area. As with other large events, there will security checks of all bags as you enter.
Major tourist attractions along the course
The BMW BERLIN-MARATHON offers one of the most attractive courses at the 42.195 k distance. Not only is the course in Germany’s capital flat and ideal for setting personal bests, but it is also extremely attractive for tourists. A sightseeing tour could not have more spots in its program. The loop course it is great for spectators following the race. Live music – ranging in style from classical to jazz to samba – lines the course. Below you will find the major tourist attractions along the course of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON:
0.6 k – Siegessäule (Victory Column)
The 70-metre tall column is the first Berlin landmark along the course, which will be circled by the runners along both sides. The Siegessäule has a viewing platform.
6.5 k – Bundeskanzleramt (Federal Chancellery) and Reichstag
Runners will approach the Bundeskanzleramt and the Reichstag. The Reichstag houses the Bundestag (German Parliament) and provides spectacular views of Berlin from atop the copula.
23 k – Schöneberg City Hall
The former seat of the West Berlin Senate, John F. Kennedy spoke the famous words: „Ich bin ein Berliner“ here in 1963.
28 k – Wilder Eber (Wild Boar)
The roundabout at „The Wild Boar“ is traditionally a highlight along the course. In this noble Berlin residential area, many spectators and a samba band assure great atmosphere.
38 k – National Gallery and the Philharmonics
On Potsdamer Straße the runners reach the National Gallery (on the left) and the Staatsbibliothek (State Library) on the opposite side. The Philharmonie (Philharmonics) follows on the left.
38.5 k – Potsdamer Platz
The Potsdamer Platz (Potsdamer Square) was once the melting point of pre-war Berlin. After years of construction it has come back to life. Runners should check out the Sony Center located on the left.
41 k – Unter den Linden
The splendid boulevard is run in its full length. Among other sites, it passes the Zeughaus Museum on the right and the Kronprinzenpalais across from it. Shortly thereafter follows the Humboldt University (on the right) and the Deutsche Staatsoper (German State Opera) on the opposite side.
42 k – Brandenburg Gate
The Brandenburg Gate is Germany’s most famous landmark. The Berlin Wall used to stand on this seam separating the East and West. Since 2003, the course of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON has passed through the Brandenburg Gate just before the finish. Those wishing to witness world-class results or the great joy of masses of runners crossing the finish line should come early to secure a spot in this area
BMW BERLIN-MARATHON App
Our official event app brings you closer to one of the world’s largest running and inline skating events. Equipped with valuable information and great features it’s the most useful tool to get ready for the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON’s unique atmosphere. More info nd download here.