Winter Holidays Thuringia
The Thuringian Forest and Oberhof in particular are widely known as a winter sports mecca. National and international top-class competitions take place here every year. These include, for example, the World Cups in biathlon and in luge & skeleton.
Winter fun for everyone
All guests of the holiday and winter sports region can also have a wonderful time in the snow here. There is a suitable offer for every type of winter sport. Passionate cross-country skiers will find hundreds of kilometres of groomed trails along the famous Rennsteig trail and, of course, also off it. Snowshoe hikes and winter Nordic walking offer the opportunity to discover the snow-covered Thuringian Forest alone or as part of a guided tour.
Alpine fun at its best
All alpine fans are also offered good reasons for a holiday in Thuringia. The low mountain ranges of the Free State have numerous alpine downhill slopes. You will find two of them in the holiday resort of Oberhof. The Fallbachhang, Oberhof's longest downhill slope, leads you down into the valley over a length of 800 metres. It is partly covered with artificial snow and is equally suitable for beginners, advanced skiers and families with children. Evening skiing under floodlights is also possible here. Of course, the Fallbach slope also has a lot to offer snowboarders. This winter season, the snowboard park located directly on the slope is once again a special highlight. At the valley or mountain station of the Fallbach lift, umbrella bars provide a lively après-ski atmosphere.
Cross-country skiing in the Nordic Active Centre
Cross-country skiing has been a permanent feature of winter holidays in the Thuringian Forest since 1904. Once brought over from Scandinavia by the Oberhof spa doctor Dr. Curt Weidhaas, this extremely healthy active sport quickly found a large following. Since then, cross-country skiing has become the most popular sport in the winters in Thuringia. In Oberhof alone, lovers of Nordic sports can expect over 100 kilometres of groomed cross-country trails and prepared winter hiking paths. More than 20 different routes, including Nordic Active trails certified by the German Ski Association, are available to holidaymakers and residents of the Thuringian Forest. In Oberhof, you can hire cross-country skiing equipment directly on site, take cross-country skiing courses and enjoy the wonderful winter days.
Unique in Germany is the indoor cross-country skiing hall. In the LOTTO-Thüringen-Skisport-HALLE you have a winter holiday 365 days a year. At -4°C, there is a 1.2-kilometre cross-country skiing track with uphill and downhill runs, cross-country tracks and skating tracks. Top athletes from all over the world train here, and guests can watch them at any time from the visitor's balcony. During the times for recreational athletes, everyone can take advantage of the perfect cross-country skiing conditions and follow in the footsteps of the Langlaus stars. Ski clothing and equipment can also be rented in the ski hall all year round, even in summer when it's 30°C in the shade.
Guest bobsleigh in Oberhof
Conquer the 15 curves of the Oberhof world championship toboggan run yourself. You can do this in the original four-man bobsleigh, ice tubing or ice rafting in an inflatable boat. Race down the 1,354.5-metre-long ice channel with a gradient of 9.2% at breathtaking speed. - A fast-paced adventure and another reason for a holiday in Thuringia.
Thuringia's longest natural toboggan run
Thuringia's longest natural toboggan run also awaits you in the holiday resort of Oberhof. Here you can experience pure tobogganing fun over a distance of 2 km with a gradient of 10 %. The run starts at the Oberhof roundabout. On the toboggan run, 2 sharp curves are waiting to be mastered by you before you can ride to the finish at Oberhof station. From here a shuttle will take you back to the start.
Romantic horse-drawn sleigh rides in the Thuringian Forest
Do you prefer things a little quieter? The Oberhof holiday region also offers you a reason for a holiday in Thuringia. Discover the green heart of Germany in its winter garb in a completely new way. - Take a romantic horse-drawn sleigh ride through the snow-covered Thuringian Forest. These take place several times a day from Oberhof, snow conditions permitting. Your two-hour sleigh ride takes you along the wintry Rennsteig trail to the Grenzadler. A short break awaits you there before you make your way back. The last horse-drawn sleigh ride of the day has something very special in store for you. When dusk falls over the Thuringian Forest, the coachman lights the torches he carries for the torchlight ride.
With the "Rodelblitz" through the winter forest
All railway fans also have a good reason to spend their winter holiday in Thuringia. Every year around the winter holidays, the steam locomotive 41 1144-9 of the IGE "Werrabahn Eisenach" once again pulls the "Rodelblitz" through the snowy Thuringian Forest. The starting station is Eisenach. From here it goes via Oberhof to Arnstadt. In Oberhof, a bus service runs from the station forecourt to the town centre. The transfer is, of course, included in the fare. If you are a real railway fan and take the Rodelblitz all the way to Arnstadt, you can experience something very special. Here, the historic railway depot with railway vehicles of different eras and types awaits you for a tour.
Snow Report Oberhof
The snow report for Oberhof is published daily between 07:00 and 08:00 during the winter months. This contains all the relevant information about your winter holiday. You will find out which lifts are open, how many kilometres of cross-country trails are prepared and of course which ones, whether the toboggan runs are open and which winter hiking trails are passable. Of course, we also provide information about the snow conditions, from the depth of the snow to the temperatures and the amount of fresh snow that has fallen. You can reach the Oberhof snow and service telephone with the same information every day on +49 (0) 36842 / 269 21. Here you can find out more about the current snow conditions and the opening times of the winter sports facilities.