Spring along the Rhein brings everyone outdoors for bike rides, picnics, waiting in long lines for ice cream, and scenic jogs. Here I take you along my favorite new jogging loop through the Schlosspark behind Schloss Biebrich in Wiesbaden:
On your mark, get set…
Go! This 3.2 kilometer (two-mile) run starts behind the elegant salmon-and-beige Schloss Biebrich. A gravelly courtyard and garden directly behind the castle leads back into a long straight stretch shaded by a row of tall leafy trees on either side. As we head further away from the castle, the trees become less orderly and the grass and wildflowers more overgrown.
At this point, we come to the ruins of Mosburg Castle on the right and a small lake on the left. Shortly past the tip of the lake, we reach the far entry gate to the park that opens onto Äppelallee, a main road that is home to a sizeable modern shopping area. From here, the path loops back around the other side of the lake and continues straight, parallel to our first leg of the run.
Continuing beneath the shade of more trees along the path, we can look toward the middle stretch of the park to see a large open area of green space. People and dogs mill around here and a few ducks fly overhead. Shortly after this point, we make a slight detour onto a small loop near the far side of Schloss Biebrich past a small rec center building.
3.2 Kilometers – The Finish Line
Having returned to the main path, we’ve come back to the garden and two white fountains directly behind Schloss Biebrich. Looking up at the back of the castle, we see an array of statues overseeing us at the end of the run.