Bob and Luge Run Trail
Car Park Festival Hall- Waldstraße- Ritzebühler Teich- Old Luge Track- Stern- Brothers Harz hut- Bobhütte- Historic Bob Track- Hertzerpromenade- Luge Track- Steinstraße- Car Park Festival Hall
This trail with a length of about 10 km runs up to the summit of Lindenberg mountain on the former luge track and from there on the historic bob track downhill to the luge track ”Wolfram Fiedler“, which is open for leisure and competion throughout the year.
Your walk starts on the car park of the Ilmenau Festival Hall, walking along Waldstraße through the so called ”Manor Quarter“ of Ilmenau, passing impressive Wilhelminian Manors. From Ritzebühl pond, the trail takes you along Gabelbach to the tennis courts and the downhill skiing area in Gabelbach valley. In Gabelbach valley, also the old luge track had its finish. In 1913, the first German Luge Championships took place in Ilmenau. This Gabelbach track used to be 2.5 km long and is the first stage of the Bob and Luge Trail, taking you constantly uphill.
After that, take to the left and walk on the wide forest road. After the crossing (Stern), between Schwarzbrunnerkopf and Lindenberg, you reach the shelter Brothers Harz Hut. Herrmann and Otto Harz were Bob pilots from Ilmenau. In 1951, Otto was killed in an accident during the four-man bob championships in Oberhof.
From here, master another steep ascent to the Lindenberg summit (749 m a.s.l.), the start of the historic bob run. There, a licensed club house was renewed and extended in Swiss style after burning down in 1934. Today, the Bobhütte inn is a popular destination for hikers. If on the other side of Lindenberg mountain, you take a short detour to the ”Ilmenau Balcony“, you have an unlimited view over Ilmenau and its surroundings with the imposing ICE bridge near Langewiesen. This platform was erected to remember the Kyrill winter gale from 2007. The steles with owl and woodpecker have been created by Marco Zentgraf, a communal forester.
From Bobhütte, the Bob and Luge Trail takes you into the forest following the historic bob run. Here, the stone curves are still visible. After Kickelhahn bend and sub-crossing the historic sledge lift, you get to a very steep part of the Lindenberg run. Here, in the 1960s, a double bend was built to meet international luge requirements. The following bends are Dinckler and Sport Sonntag bend, with 21% the steepest part of the historic bob run. Through Goetheschule and Schau bend, you reach the former finish of the historic run at the tennis courts. Walk on along Hertzer Promenade to the ”Wolfram Fiedler“ luge track at Floßberg. The Ilmenau born Wolfram Fiedler was multiple European champion and in 1972 came third in luge in the Winter Olympics. He died in 1988.