|The Allianz Arena, home to Bayern Munich and 1860 Munich. Glows red or blue at night depending on which team is playing|
With that said, it wasn't that difficult to get out of bed here and run. Our hostel, the interestingly named Easy Palace, was slap bang in the centre of the city, just a few yards from Haubtbahnhof, the central train station.
Much like Bratislava, where we had come from, Munich was experiencing one of the hottest Septembers in history, with temperatures in the high 20s to low 30s. Combined with the commencement of Oktoberfest, it meant that the city has crazy busy with tourists from inside and out of Germany.
Despite that, from our hostel I set off towards Marienplatz which is the main town square in Munich and about 1.3km east from the station. Once the pedestrian only zone finishes, pick up Bayerstrasse east until you come to the crossroads.
At night, when illuminated, this is easily one the most visually striking buildings I have ever seen and is arguably Munich's biggest tourist attraction.
Entering the gardens in the south east corner, pick your route through the gardens and exit through the north east corner. You should now see signposts for the Englischer Garten (yes yet another Park!), just continue north from here.
Once you reach it, your first impression will be that it is absolutely huge. The park is 3.7km2 and is larger than New York's Central Park, making it one of the biggest urban parks in the World.
As I was unsure until I got back to the Hostel just how big it is, I picked a route relatively through the middle, but as long as you head north you can again pick as long or as short a route as you wish depending on how you are feeling to this point. To the centre of the park from the Marienplatz is 2.4km so to this point the run is 3.7km.
|Two things Germans love: Beer and terrible trousers|
The route itself may not sound aweinspiring, but this is definitely that everybody should visit in their lifetime.
|Dachau Concentration Camp - The darker side of German history. The first of its kind in Germany, it is estimated that over 25,000 prisoners were executed here during World War Two|