Saturday 27 April 2024

A wooden cottage in the Kurort Oybin, Zittauer Gebirge, Germany (Copyright © 2017 Hendrik Böttger /


Held since 1974, the Zittauer Gebirgslauf takes runners, hikers and nordic walkers into the Zittauer Gebirge (Zittau Mountains), a very beautiful small mountain range in the tri-border area of Germany, Czechia and Poland.

Widely known for its fairy-tale rock formations, picturesque villages and dense forests, the Zittauer Gebirge is popular with visitors from near and far all year round.

The running event takes place on Saturday, the walking event on Sunday.

These are the races for runners:

  • 600m (kids run)
  • 2km (+30m of ascent)
  • 4km (+80m of ascent)
  • 7.5km (+220m of ascent)
  • 17km (+370m of ascent)
  • 35km (+920m of ascent)
  • 50km (+1,350m of ascent)

Starting and finishing at the Sportzentrum in the village of Olbersdorf, which is about four kilometres from the town of Zittau, all routes are mostly on trails and gravel roads.

The 50k race takes the runners across the state border with Czechia. Approximately 15 kilometres are run on Czech soil.


Mount Oybin, Zittau Mountains (Zittauer Gebirge), Germany (Copyright © 2014 Hendrik Böttger /


Map of the venue:


50. Zittauer Gebirgslauf:


  • 27 April 2024 (Saturday)

Event website:


Number of finishers:

  • 2023: 1,114 runners
  • 2022: 875 runners
  • 2021: 633 runners
  • 2020: Event cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions
  • 2019: 1,417 runners
  • 2018: 1,483 runners


A narrow gauge steam locomotive in the Kurort Oybin, Zittauer Gebirge, Germany (Copyright © 2017 Hendrik Böttger /

Many visitors travel by narrow gauge train into the Zittau Mountains.


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