No list of Salzburg running tracks can ever be complete without mentioning Hellbrunn alley, a 2,5 kilometre long path built in 1615 connecting Nonntal with the Hellbrunn castle, which grew popular among runners all year long. When I lived in Nonntal a few years ago, it also became my favorite running playground. Our apartment was at a rather busy street (for Salzburg standards), but as with almost any place in Austria simply cross the street, walk a couple of meters and all of a sudden you’re surrounded by nothing but trees and open fields, in this case Hellbrunn alley.
Along the gravel path are some beautiful, traditional buildings like Frohnburg castle, where you can hear students practicing their instruments as it’s currently used as part of the University of Music and Dramatic Arts (Mozarteum).
At the end of the alley lies Hellbrunn castle surrounded by one of Salzburg’s most beautiful parks, which offers yet another variety of running opportunities (like uphill on the Hellbrunn “mountain”).
The really cool thing about this running course is, that the options to extend it are literally countless: along the Salzach river to Rif (or Hallein), passing the Salzburg zoo to Anif, through Gneis and Leopoldskron back along the Almkanal to name just a few. 25k+ almost completely on paths and minor roads through beautiful landscapes? No problem!