Fancy a city break with your other half but worried you’ll get irritable if you can’t run? City breaks don’t have to mean long days trawling round museums or crammed into coffee shops (you can do that in the afternoon!), they’re a great opportunity to get out running and get the best views of some of the world’s most stunning and iconic cities. We’ve teamed up with Lastminute.com to pick out the best running routes – and places to stay – in cities across Europe. Give these runs a go and that first glass of evening vino will taste even sweeter…
Our romantic 7K route around Notre Dame
This route is perfect for active couples looking to chalk up a few kilometres. It starts near to Place de la Bastille in the 11th arrondissement and continues south towards the Seine. Cutting west, the route takes you over the Pont de Sully, before continuing along the south bank of the river. After passing Notre Dame Cathedral, you’ll cross the river onto Ile de la Cite itself, before doing a lap around the world-famous landmark and exploring the neighbouring Ile Saint Louis, before heading back towards the Place de la Bastille. Stay at the 4* Les Plumes Hotel for a romantic journey through time and soak up the atmosphere of this period guest house in which everything, from the staff uniforms to the stylish decorative details, draws you into the romance of 19th century Paris.
A two-night stay with return Eurostar tickets from London St Pancras start around £259 per person.
Our Old Town 10K
Copenhagen is famed for being cycle-friendly. But this beautiful 10K run will better demonstrate the city’s charm. Begin near the City Hall (Radhus) plaza (Radhuspladsen) next to the world-famous Tivoli gardens, and take in some of Copenhagen’s most famous sights, including the Instagram favourites, Nyhavn (New Harbor) and the Little Mermaid statue. You’ll also see the landmark department store, Illum, the new opera house and many of Copenhagen’s picturesque forts, churches and canals. By covering off a lot of the main shopping district, the old harbour, the royal palace and the university district in one go, you’ll be free to spend the rest of your time relaxing with a pint of Carlsberg and a “Danish” pastry, guilt free. Check out the stylish and newly renovated 4* Hotel Skt. Annae for a place to stay – just a 2K walk from the beginning of the running route. This hotel is in a great central location, just moments from Nyhavn with its quaint bars, restaurants and picturesque harbour.
A two-night stay with return flights start around £232 per person.
Our 3.8K lap of Letna Park
Known as “the City of a Hundred Spires” you won’t be hard pressed to find a beautiful backdrop worthy of a selfie in Prague. Or, if you want to capture the entire city in one go, there aren’t many better places than Letna park. The running route may only be just short of 4K, but is perfectly set up for laps of the beautiful park. Starting next to the home of world-famous football team Sparta Prague, there are loads of public transport options to get you there. With views of the entire city, including the old town, the historic bridges across the Vltava River and the many colourful baroque buildings that make up Prague’s skyline, you’d struggle to find a more beautiful location for your Sunday morning run. We recommend staying at the 4* La Boutique, a former townhouse in the centre, which is just a short walk from the lively Andel area and many of the city’s hotspots. Bars, restaurants and shops are a few steps away, while the hotel itself is a calm retreat.
Prices start around £106 per person for a two-night stay with return flights.
Our steep Gellert Hill run is 2.2K
This route might sound short at only 2.2K but, with 336ft total ascent and a maximum elevation of 710ft, you’ll know about it after! The panoramic view of Budapest from the Citadella at the top is an added incentive and, if you’re feeling particularly spritely, you can tweak the route to make it longer. Budapest has held the official title of “City of Spas” since 1934, so how better to finish a run in the Hungarian capital than by relaxing in one of the city’s most famous bathhouses? Situated right next to the Liberty Bridge within the Gellert Hotel, the Gellert Baths opened in 1918 and is home to some stunning Art Nouveau architecture. Stay at the 4* Danubius Grand Hotel Margitsziget, located in the centre of historic Margaret Island. This lovely hotel combines old-world glamour with modern features, and boasts a terrace restaurant, cafe, brasserie and cocktail bar.
A two-night stay with return flights start around £171 per person.
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