Sunday 28 April 2024

Blaues Wunder, a bridge across the River Elbe in Dresden, Germany (Photo: Copyright © 2018 Hendrik Böttger /


The Oberelbe Marathon in Germany features a highly scenic point-to-point route along the Elbe, one of Central Europe's major rivers.

The course follows the Elberadweg cycleway through the Oberelbe region.

Four races are on offer, all finishing in Dresden, grand capital of the state of Sachsen (Saxony).

  • Marathon
  • Halbmarathon (half marathon)
  • 10-km-Lauf (10k race)
  • 5-km-Lauf (5k race)

Starting in Königstein, a small town located approximately thirteen kilometres from the border with the Czech Republic, the 42.2km marathon route provides fine views of the gigantic Königstein Fortress and of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains (pictured below).

The course runs through the old town of Pirna and it passes a number of magnificent palaces before it reaches Dresden's city centre with its numerous outstanding Baroque buildings.

The finish line is in the Sportpark Ostra, a vast complex of sports venues situated a 15-minute walk from Dresden's Old Town.

In addition to the point-to-point races, the event offers two races which begin and end in the Sportpark:

  • 2.7km Minimarathon
  • 400m Bambinilauf (kids run)


Königstein Fortress towers high above the Elbe river in Germany (Photo: Copyright © 2020 Hendrik Böttger /


Map of the venue (blue: start of the marathon, red: finish):


25. Oberelbe Marathon:


  • 28 April 2024 (Sunday)

Event website:


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