Skiing and ski jumping, ice hockey and bob sleigh – Ilmenau has about 100 years of tradition in winter sports. Whatever the secret of success – whether it's the good air of the Thüringer Wald, the commitment of the clubs or the hard work of the athletes – athletes from Ilmenau have always been doing great!
Luge tradition at Lindenberg Mountain
Especially in Luge, we are top: International champions such as Hans Rinn, Ute Oberhoffner, Jens Müller, Stefan Krause and Jan Behrendt come from Ilmenau. In 1909, Ilmenau got its own natural luge track at Gabelbach. Only a few years later, the German Luge Championchips took place in Ilmenau. The new bob track built in 1927 at the Lindenberg mountain was one of the steepest in Europe – with the 4th European Championchips in 1934 as a highlight.
Luge Track ”Wolfram Fiedler”
In 1989, this luge track was built, 460 m long and with 8 bends. It carries the name of Wolfram Fiedler, several times European Champion, bronze medallist of the 1972 Winter Olympics and World Champion of 1975. Still today, this track is venue of numerous national and international competitions.
Passing impressive Wilhelminian manors reminding of Ilmenau as a flourishing cure and spa town, you get into the idyllic Gabelbach valley. From here, the spectacular winter sports venues are within reach. You are walking steadily uphill – a certain fitness is helpfulp. The Brothers Harz hut is a good place to rest on the way. Up you go to the Lindenberg summit with a height of 749 m. This used to be the starting point of the bob track – the Bobhütte is today an excellent mountain inn offering hearty meals.
Making the best of it: Where the Kyrill hurricane rooted trees and blew them away, today, we have our Ilmenau Balcony – this information platform is always worth a while!
Down into the valley, the bends of the Lindenberg track come in sight: The Kickelhahn bend is followed by the Dinckler and Sport Sonntag bends – the steepest part of the track with a descent of 21%. After two further bends, you are at the finish of the historic track. The trail takes you on to the luge track ”Wolfram Fiedler“ at Floßberg mountain. Outside of competitions, you can try this luge track yourself and have fun!
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