German elections: Voters decide who will take charge after Merkel
The election race could barely be tighter as people vote to decide who will run Europe's biggest economy.
The fight to succeed popular, long-serving chancellor Angela Merkel could barely be tighter as Germans vote in parliamentary elections.
While the streets of Berlin hosted the annual marathon, the biggest race was taking place across the country.
The three candidates vying to succeed the chancellor voted in warm late-summer sunshine, as final polls put Mrs Merkel's conservatives in second place.
At stake is the leadership of Europe's most powerful economy.
More than 60 million Germans over 18 are eligible to vote and long queues were reported outside polling stations in Berlin.
Voting ends at 18:00 (17:00 BST) and the first exit polls in this unpredictable election come out immediately.