Tours for spectators
If you want to experience the GENERALI BERLIN HALF MARATHON as a spectator, you have several options to get to watch the skater and runner fields multiple times – either by bike, by subway and suburban train, or on foot, depending on whether you want to cheer on friends or just want to enjoy the entire field. It should be noted, however, that the skaters are about twice as fast as the runners, so it makes sense to plan your route. The fastest skaters require about 30 minutes for the half-marathon distance, while the fastest runners finish in about an hour. Please note that there may be some construction impacting the S-Bahn and subway lines.
A good place to get started is along the S-Bahn line between the stations Friedrichstrasse and Charlottenburg. Further viewing points can be reached using subway line U2 between Märkisches Museum and Sophie-Charlotte-Platz. The best option is to purchase a day pass or a 4-rides ticket. Here are some suggestions on how to reach different waypoints:
At Ernst-Reuter-Platz you can watch the fastest skaters pass by and then leave immediately on the U2 subway line to Wittenbergplatz. If you hurry, you can catch even the fastest skaters to cheer them on here. Stay to watch the wheelchair athletes and the fastest runners pass by, or walk along the course towards Zoologischer Garten. Then hop back on the U2 to Potsdamer Platz. There you can watch the main field of runners and then walk to the Finish Line Village at the Brandenburg Gate.
Start at Sophie-Charlotte-Platz and take the U2 to Märkisches Museum right after the top runners pass by. If you're lucky, you'll see the fastest runners here again and can then walk along the course towards the Berlin Palace.
Watch the main field (first the skaters, then the wheelchair athletes and runners) at Tiergarten or Amstgerichtsplatz (Charlottenburg S-Bahn station) and then take the S-Bahn to Friedrichstrasse. From there it is a 10-minute walk to the Brandenburg Gate or Französische Strasse.
The area between Friedrichstrasse, Leipziger Strasse and Gendarmenmarkt offers a good opportunity to watch the skaters and runners several times. Note, however, that you can only cross the route under the supervision of the marshals.