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The running course is completely free of crossings and has a maximum height difference of only twenty meters between the lowest point (start, Pieschener Allee) and the highest point (Tannenstrasse, km 5.5). It leads to more than 95% over asphalt and is always good for personal bests. The second round of marathon is approximately 65% identical to the first round. The special pleasure is the variety and variety of baroque and nature:
Immediately after the start, the “city tour of a special kind” begins. If you don’t fight for the victory bonus, you can really enjoy the run. The start is on Pieschener Allee in the direction of the Heinz Steyer Stadium. If you look straight ahead, you will see the Yenidze, which is also known as the “Tobacco Mosque”. After a left turn, it goes towards the Congress Center and in a right / right combination you get to the Marienbrücke. Tip: If you want to overtake here, you should keep to the far left! When you cross the Elbe river for the first time, you have a great view of the old town with the Royal Palace and the Cathedral before heading to the new town. The 10 km run, with a separate start at 10 a.m., branches off after almost two kilometers and leads through the Palaisgarten to the Elberadweg. At the Bilderberg Bellevue Hotel you come to the place of the famous “Canaletto view”.
On the opposite side of the Elbe you can see the famous silhouette of Dresden with the Royal Palace, Cathedral, Academy of Arts and Frauenkirche (Church of our Lady). After five kilometers, the 10 km runners cross the Waldschlösschenbrücke and then run towards the finish on the Elbe banks of the old town.
The route of the half marathon, which is also the first round of the marathon (starting at 10.30 a.m.), takes you through the Inner and Outer Neustadt in the first third. There are several cultural institutions and museums in Dresden in the Inner Neustadt. The Erich Kästner Museum is located at Albertplatz, and the Museum of Ethnology in the Japanese Palace. Highlights of the route are the Palaisplatz, the Königstrasse and the Dreikönigskirche. After reaching Albertplatz again after kilometer 4, you reach the Outer Neustadt on Rothenburger Strasse. The quarter is considered the pub and trendy district of Dresden and is one of the largest and best preserved Gründerzeit-style quarters in Europe. On Louisenstrasse and Kamenzer Strasse you can get a taste of the “Neustadt flair”.
Passing Alaunplatz, over Tannenstraße and Hans-Oster-Straße you get to Stauffenbergallee. On the right we see the imposing St. Martin Church. Now go straight on for almost five kilometers. First through the Radeberger Vorstadt and through the 600m long Waldschlößchentunnel. Then you reach the Waldschlößchenbrücke, opened in 2013. From there it goes straight on the Fetscherstrasse to the Grosser Garten. After a loop through the largest park in Dresden, the route passes the Transparent Factory to Commeniusplatz. On Fetscherstrasse it goes back to Fetscherplatz and then over a long straight with a view of the Frauenkirche Church to Steinstrasse. Now, on the last few kilometers without crossing the Elbe, there is a straight, wide route below the Brühl´s Terrace and Dresden Fortress to the finish of the half marathon at the MARITIM Hotel.
The marathon runners start their second round at km 20.5 near the “Italian Village”, which is approximately 35% different from the first round.
The route to the Augustusbrücke, as in the 10 km run from the Japanese Palace, leads along the Elberadweg along the Königsufer to the Rosengarten. After the second crossing of the Waldschlößchenbrücke, a detour to the suburb of Blasewitz follows. Here you have a great view of three castles Albrechtsberg Palace, Lingner Palace and Eckberg Palace on the Loschwitz Elbhang. After returning from the “Blasewitz loop”, from km 30, the rest of the route is identical to the first lap. The multitude of sights and the varied route, however, never cause sadness.

Source: Mediaserver Dresden (a.o. Sylvio Dittrich)