Over 10,000 runners take part in the Hamburg Marathon making it Germany's largest spring marathon. For many it is one to tick off the Europan marathon calander. There are many highlights including Hamburg's famous Reeperbahn red-light district, the gigantic port, the lakes of Binnenalster and Ausenalster, some exclusive residential areas, and a number of eye-catching examples of modern architecture - for instance the new "Spiegel" headquarters in the "HafenCity".
The route is a gently-undulating loop through Germany's second-largest city The marathon starts at the Hamburg Congress Center and follows Hamburg's sinful mile towards Altona. Runners then head alomg the Elbchaussee towards the Harbour, the Gateway to the World, and along the patriarchal St. Pauli landing stage.
After running through the Wallring tunnel runners continue down the Jungfernstieg on the Inner Alster through the heart of the Hanseatic city, along the exclusive east bank of the Outer Alster and towards the Stadtpark - Hamburg's green lung - which is located right next to the architecturally stunning North City. The last third of the course leads runners through Alsterdorf towards Ohlsdorf. The route moves on to the "Witches Cauldron" Eppendorfer Baum: where there are thousands of cheering spectators. The race finishes at the Television Tower in front of Hamburg Congress Center.