Date: September 25, 2016
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Airbnb Host: Martin Toth, 33, freelance project manager and yoga instructor
"Berlin is a huge city with lots of interesting places, great restaurants, and quirky little cafes which are sometimes not on the main streets or close to bus stops or metro stations.
Plus, it's very green with lots of nice parks basically at every corner and there are beautiful forests very close to the city, which are perfect both for short and long runs," says Martin. "During the Berlin marathon the city turns into a big party spot with lots of people cheering the runners on, providing them with food and refreshments. You'll hear music everywhere, you will see drummers, bands playing music, cheerleaders, artists and many more "crazy" acts. Germans love sport in every form and they're very supportive."
Run Martin's Route
"For shorter runs I'd recommend the close-by Volkspark Friedrichshain, a beautiful park with various elevations, an extra jogging trail and some workout devices for stretching and strengthening. For long runs I prefer going to the Treptower Park, a huge park along the Spree river—also with a nice lake and a gorgeous forest. It's very idyllic and the perfect place to clear your head.
If you're more into sightseeing while running, then I would suggest that you run to Alexander Square (Alexanderplatz) along the Eastside Gallery (the remains of the Berlin Wall with paintings on it by artists from all over the world) and across the Unter den Linden street to the "green lung of Berlin“ the Tiergarten park which is Berlin's most popular inner-city park over 500 acres in size. You will pass most of the best sightseeing spots of Berlin and will end up in this stunning park in the heart of the city."
Race Day Advice
"Since everything is very well organized, there's no need to have the typical panics like "where can I leave my personal stuff?", "are there enough toilets?", "will I find my personal belongings easily after the race?" etc. So my advice would be to stay calm, enjoy the race as much as you can and try to have a good time while running through this amazing, historical city. The route itself is mostly very flat, so no big, challenging elevations, which is ideal if you want to achieve the best result possible. I would definitely recommend for runners visiting a city for a marathon or similar races to pick an Airbnb accommodation, it's so much easier to prepare for the race in a nice well-equipped apartment than in a hotel room. Plus, you can pick an apartment as close as possible to your starting point."
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"Our favorite place to eat is the vegan and organic restaurant The Bowl, which I'd recommend for some yummy and healthy food before the big day."
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"I love street food and I think it's the best way to get to know the authentic local food in a foreign country. Therefore I'd recommend a veggie doner at Mustafa’s Gemüse Döner on Warschauer Street and go for the amazing sweets at my favourite, stylish cafe called Wahrhaft Nahrhaft.
"Besides the must see attractions such as Brandenburg Gate, the Berlin TV Tower, the area around the Berlin Zoological Garden, Reichstag building, Museum Island etc., I would definitely recommend the very interesting and historically very important Checkpoint Charlie Museum. And since the weather in September is usually pretty good in Berlin I'd suggest that people go to the ravishing Sunday flee and art market in Mauer Park, which is more like a colorful, weekly festival with a lot of music acts and the world-famous karaoke where anyone can get famous for five minutes—hundreds of people visit this happening week by week."