The Oberhof luge and bobsleigh track, which has been known as the LOTTO Thüringen EISARENA since 2020, was inaugurated in 1971 as the second artificial ice track in the world. Due to its demanding and selective curve profile, the facility is considered one of the most difficult tracks in international comparison. The thrilling World Cup races attract thousands of winter sports fans, spectators and visitors to Oberhof every year. In 2023, Thuringia's winter sports stronghold will host the World Cup for the fourth time. At the foot of the track there is also a start house (built in 2001), which is used for training and competitions for luge, skeleton and bobsleigh. Combined summer and winter use is possible. In the summer of 2013, the entire start house was enclosed in an energy-efficient manner so that optimal training and competition conditions are possible in any weather.


Technical data

  • Total length (15 curves): 1354.50 m
  • Competition length men's start: 1069,70 m (luge men, skeleton men, bobsleigh)
  • Competition length women's start: 945,60 m (luge women + doubles, skeleton women)
  • Average gradient: 9,2%
  • Maximum speed: 120 km/h
  • Maximum centrifugal forces: 6-7 g (curve 13)
  • Icing season: October - February (training operation at outdoor temperature up to 18°C)

Sporting highlights

  • World Championships: 1973, 1985, 2008, (2023)
  • European Championships: 1979, 1998, 2004, 2013, 2019
  • World Cups: annually since 1983 (except the years of EM/WM)