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Sports and Activities

Recreation at TU Ilmenau

The University Sports Center University Sports Center (contents in German) offers a wide range of different sport activities for all members of the Technical University of Ilmenau who seek to maintain a healthy active lifestyle alongside their studies.   The sports center has many facilities including a gym and a rock climbing wall.

A list of sports groups and clubs can be found on the TU Ilmenau Website for prospective students.

Ilmenau and the Thuringian Forest

There are also several gyms in Ilmenau where you can have a membership.  Other recreational facilities include the bowling alley, summer and winter toboggan run as well as an indoor swimming pool. Ilmenau also has many beautiful cycling and hiking trails.  Other than the Kickelhahn the observation tower at the peak of the “Schneekopf” is a highlight.  For those who are not so keen of heights the Thuringian forest also hosts many quad bike tours, among other outdoor activities.

Activities in..



The unique natural environment around Ilmenau makes Summer a busy time with many different outdoor sports and activities.

Outdoor Pool

Lake Heyda

Mountain Biking

Cycle Paths



Summer Tobogganing


In and around Ilmenau there is an especially wide range of winter sports and activities.

Iceskating rink

Cross-country skiing

Nordic Winter Walking

Oberhof Ski Resort

Toboggan Run

Sled Dog Rides

Indoor Swimming Pool

Attractions in Thuringia

There are many destinations in the surrounds of Ilmenau and greater Thuringia to make for a day-trip.

High ropes course  

Hainich National Park - Tree Top Walk


Thuringian Forest


Canoe tour - Jena to Camburg

Silbersattel in Steinach bike park

Sporting events in Thuringia

The state of Thuringia offers numerous events for all sports enthusiasts. There is always something for everyone,  Summer or Winter.

  • Sled dog race in the Frauenwald (January)
  • Biathlon World Cup in Oberhof (January)
  • FIS - Continental - CUP Ski jumps Brotterode (February)
  • Trans Thuringia - Dog Sled Races Rennsteig (February)
  • Rennsteiglauf marathon (May)
  • Jena Kernberglauf marathon (October)