Oberhof, not only for World Champions

Categories: Family and Kids, Sports

Botanical Garden, Rennsteig, Oberhof
Botanical Garden, Rennsteig, Oberhof

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Oberhof, a small, family-friendly town in the state of Thuringia, is well equipped to weather all seasons. Widely known as a winter sport destination and directly on the famous Rennsteig hiking path, it shows the world what it is made of. It has been the venue for several World Championships in Bobsledding and Biathlon and is renowned for active holidays in a beautiful landscape. In summer it invites everyone, not just world champions, for hiking, Nordic Walking, Mountain Biking, Climbing, Biathlon Shooting and panoramic peak-drives by motorbike and when the winter comes it is time for Alpine downhill runs, Cross - Country Skiing, Snow - Boarding, Nordic - Combination, Ice - Rafting and Bobsledding. One sport that has become increasingly popular is Snow - Tubing, a fun for the whole family.

The Spa Town Oberhof (Oberhof vacation rentals | Oberhof travel guide), in the district Schmalkalden (Schmalkalden vacation rentals | Schmalkalden travel guide) - Meiningen (Meiningen vacation rentals | Meiningen travel guide), Thuringia, is home to many famous sportsmen and - women and huge events like Biathlon-World Championships are held here under perfect conditions. Because of its geographic location along a ridge on 815 meters above sea level, it is one of the relatively few areas of Germany where snow is guaranteed starting from the middle of November through March. The area along the Rennsteig and Schmücke are located in the highest part of Thuringia and you will find snow - covered mountain tops like the Grosser Beerberg, the highest point in the Thuringian Forest. This is a paradise for Cross - Country Skier who will find an extensive network of marked ski trails and cross - country ski runs here. The Rennsteig, a classic among the long - distance hiking paths in Germany, is marked for almost the whole of its 168 kilometer length.

Downhill skier and snow boarders of all levels, not just world champions, can enjoy the use of two Alpine downhill runs. Snow machines are used on parts of the 800 m long Fallbachlift - Run that leads to the Grenzadler and it is also possible to ski in the evenings under flood lights. The Old Golf Course is the meeting point for everybody who enjoys sledging and the one currently very popular sport is Snow-Tubing. This new sport, which has already gained many enthusiastic fans, involves sliding downhill on a rubber tire like an inner tube. One extraordinary fun is definitely Bobsledding! When there is no competition held, you can feel like a world champion yourself and race down the 1,500 meter long track. You will have to master 15 curves and a down-grade of 9.2%, not for the fainthearted. There is no need to bring any of your gear along since skis, sledges and snow boards can be hired from the sports shops in Oberhof as well as other local suppliers on the spot. It is also possible to register for ski and snow board courses.

No doubt, the 1,700 residents of Oberhof, in the green heart of Germany, dedicate themselves in every season to tourism. This small Spa Town with a special flair is the most visited destination in the Thuringia Forest and offers recreation in the beautiful nature, invites you to join the numerous events or to get active with your favorite sport, or learn a new one. About 100 years ago, the Norwegian introduced skiing to Oberhof after discovering its great natural potential. In 1964 the first Large Hill was opened for Ski-Jumping and in 1973 the first World Championship for Bob sleds were held in Oberhof. Many major championship events followed, but the town never lost its charm and is highly recommended to visit on your next trip to Germany.

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Monika Petra

This travel guide has been written by Monika Petra.

In her own words: When children are born they receive certain gifts to put them to good use or not. In my cradle there must have been at least music and the curiosity for the world we live in. Luckily I could combine those gifts eventually. My live as a jazz vocalist guided me to see and experience many places in Germany and far beyond. As in my music I like to dive in the historical background of given facts, simply to understand the present. During my travel, my circles got wider and wider and since many years I am now living in Thailand, very interesting to say the least. I grew up in Paderborn, lived and studied Jazz in Cologne's Musikhochschule and worked a while in Bayreuth and Kulmbach. My travels throughout Germany took me to all major cities and small towns. It was the people and local differences, be it language, food, traditions and customs, which made it a lot of fun. When finally the wall came down, I was one of those in Berlin posing on the rests of it for the camera. Off course I took the first opportunity to rediscover the new but old states of Germany and finally understood the impact the wall had on all Germans and in regards to the worst part in German history. Being a German living abroad, I discovered in years what I value most about Germany. Rest assured it is a country of rich cultural background still alive today. I visit my home country regularly and stay in touch with my friends, even those back from school. Another thing I always felt passionate about is writing and sharing my experience and thoughts. The internet provides us all with a great opportunity to connect, tell stories, read and learn from others and grow as a global community.

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