An Olympic champion from Blaubeuren

The Swabian Jura and the Blautal are the home of Dieter Baumann, one of the most successful long-distance runners in German sports history. He was born in the neighboring town of Blaustein in 1965 and grew up in Blaubeuren. Here on the sports field he spent a lot of time playing football, here he discovered his passion for athletics and trained at the LG Alb-Donau. In 1988, the 21-year-old won a silver medal in the 5,000-meter run at the Olympic Games in Seoul, and four years later he won gold in this discipline in Barcelona. In 1988, Dieter Baumann was voted athlete of the year and sportsman of the year. In his further career he became European champion over 5000 meters in Helsinki in 1994, won the World Cup over 3000 meters in Cape Town in 1998 and took second place at the European Championships in Budapest.
In 1999, Baumann involuntarily found himself in the headlines with the so-called toothpaste affair: Baumann tested positive for nandrolone. A week later, the raw material norandrostenedione was found in a manipulated toothpaste tube. Countless trials followed, a national acquittal, and an international ban during the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. In 2002 he was allowed to take part in competitions again and won silver again in the 10,000 meters at the European Championships in Munich.

Dieter Baumann sports hall

In August 1992, the city of Blaubeuren named the sports hall, which was built in 1984, after the likeable athlete who is still strongly associated with Blaubeuren today. He motivates local pupils to run at the Dieter Baumann Race, and he is active as chairman of the pro urmu support group for the Prehistoric Museum. For several years now, Dieter Baumann has discovered his talent for cabaret and keeps his fans on their toes as a blogger and cabaret artist.
This hall offers space for school and club sports and is also suitable for tournaments with an extendable grandstand. The indoor swimming pool adjacent to the south was built in 1977 and completely renovated in 2015. The five-lane swimming pool is 25 meters long. In the non-swimmer pool, a three-meter-long slide ensures plenty of fun for the children.
The outdoor pool beyond the Blau is one of the most beautiful pools in the Alb-Donau district with many attractions. Built in 1935 and modernized in recent years, it is located in one of the sunniest places in our city.

UNESCO Global Geopark Swabian Alb

Ach and Blau nestle picturesquely in the valley loop of the ancient Danube. With its karst springs, caves, rocks, quarries, dry valleys and other geological features, the region is a highlight in the UNESCO Geopark. This is recognized as a UNESCO Global Geopark because of its outstanding geological, archaeological, ecological and cultural-historical heritage.

Pure nature around Blaubeuren

With its varied landscape, the Swabian Alb is a first-class hiking paradise. Anyone who hikes on the signposted “Ice Age trails” in the Alb-Donau district will wander through curved river valleys, rustic beech forests, look down into the valley from scenic rocks and castles and discover turquoise springs and important Ice Age caves. The circular trails are ideal for day and half-day hikes.

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