German Gymnastics Federation

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German Gymnastics Federation
Founded 1848
Place of foundation Hanau
president Alfons Hölzl
societies 18,794
Members 4,996,077
Association headquarters Frankfurt am Main
Simple logo
Simple logo of the DTB ( Turnerkreuz )

The German Gymnastics Federation V. (DTB) is the umbrella organization of gymnastics associations and clubs.


Memorial plaque for the re-establishment in 1950 at the Tübingen town hall
The DTB emblem on a stamp from 1968 for the German Gymnastics Festival in Berlin

The DTB was founded in 1848 on the 1st German Gymnastics Day in Hanau . A first German gymnastics festival was held in Coburg in 1860 . In 1868 the DTB was part of the Deutsche Turnerschaft (DT) . Parallel to the DT, the Social Democrat-oriented Workers 'Gymnastics Association (ATB) was founded in 1893, which has been called the Workers' Gymnastics and Sports Association (ATSB) since 1919 and was banned by the National Socialists in 1933. In 1933 the DT tried to introduce itself as a further pillar in the NSDAP alongside the SA , but this failed because the dominance of an association that was hostile to competitive sports at the time would have hindered the NSDAP's claim to dominate the best men through sport. In 1935 the self-dissolution of the DT took place in the course of the synchronization in the time of National Socialism . After the Second World War, the German Gymnastics Working Committee (DAT) was founded during the first unofficial German Artistic Gymnastics Championship in Northeim on September 13, 1947 , the pioneer of the DTB, which was re-established in Tübingen in 1950 . In 1952 it had 900,000 members in over 6,100 clubs. In 1953 there was the first German Gymnastics Festival in the Federal Republic, the venue was Hamburg .

In 2005 the first International German Gymnastics Festival (IDTF) took place in Berlin . The next followed in 2009 in Frankfurt am Main and the third was held in May 2013 in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region. In 2017 the International German Gymnastics Festival was held again in Berlin under the motto "How colorful is that".

Pauline Schäfer on the balance beam. On this device, she won the first gold medal at world championships for the German Gymnastics Federation in 2017.

The DTB already hosted the Trampoline World Championships in Hanover in 2003 (October 16-19) and in 2007 the EnBW Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart (September 1-9, 2007). In 2010, the DTB hosted the European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships (April 15th to 18th) in Bremen and a year later the European Gymnastics Championships (April 4th to 10th) in Berlin. The 2015 World Championships in rhythmic gymnastics in Stuttgart was the next big event that the DTB hosted. Pauline Schäfer won the first world title for the German Gymnastics Federation at the 2017 World Championships in Montréal . She is the second German gymnast after Dörte Thümmler who has achieved this success on the balance beam .


The German Gymnastics Federation is organized as a registered association (e.V.). He is headed by a multi-member presidium, whose president has been Alfons Hölzl since 2016 . Its predecessor was Rainer Brechtken . The DTB office is located in Frankfurt am Main .

Regionally, it is divided into 22 member associations, 20 of which are regional gymnastics associations (there is more than one association in North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria): Badischer Turner-Bund , Bayerischer Turnverband , Berlin Gymnastics and Recreational Sports Association , Bremer Turnverband, Hessischer Turnverband , Landesturnverband Sachsen-Anhalt, Märkischer TurnerBund Brandenburg, Niedersächsischer Turner-Bund, Pfälzer Turnerbund , Rheinhessischer Turnerbund, Rheinischer Turnerbund, Saarländischer Turnerbund, Sächsischer Turn-Verband, Schleswig-Holsteinischer Turnverband, Schwäbischer Turnerbund , Thuringian Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Middle Rhine Gymnastics Association, Association for Gymnastics and Leisure Time Organization Hamburg , Westphalian Gymnastics Association.

In addition, the Academic Gymnastics Federation (ATB) and the Bavarian Gymnastics Association are viewed as special members.

Regionally, it is divided into Turngaue, Turnkreise and Turnbezirke.

Internationally, the German Gymnastics Federation is a member of the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG) and, since March 1982, a founding member of the Union Européenne de Gymnastique (UEG).

Mission statement

In 2004, the German Turntag in Berlin adopted a model that outlines the core tasks of the association:

  • Strengthening the basic sports of apparatus gymnastics and gymnastics
  • Positioning of children's gymnastics as a brand of gymnastics movement
  • Securing needs-based offers for young people in the sporting and non-sporting area.
  • Securing market leadership in fitness and health sports through needs-based offers for young adults as well as for middle adulthood, especially for girls and women
  • Promotion of top Olympic sport with the aim of international success
  • Development of contemporary offers in his sports and specialist areas

Based on these statements, an attempt is made to operationalize the extensive association work and to achieve a stronger focus on the core tasks. One result of this operationalization are the brands Kinderturnen, Gymwelt and Turnen !.

DTB organizations

Association of German Gymnastics Festivals V.

One of the main tasks of the German Gymnastics Federation is the organization of the gymnastics festivals. With up to 100,000 participants, the German Gymnastics Festival, which has had the addition of "International" since 2005, is the largest competitive and popular sports event in the world. To organize it, the German Gymnastics Federation founded the Verein Deutsche Turnfeste e. V., who takes on this task.

The last International German Gymnastics Festival was in Berlin from June 3rd to 10th, 2017.

The next International German Gymnastics Festival will take place in Leipzig in 2021.

German gymnastics youth

The Deutsche Turnerjugend (DTJ) is the youth organization of the German Gymnastics Federation and with over 2 million members one of the largest children's and youth organizations in Germany.

The focus of the work of the German Gymnastics Youth is:

  • the content-related conceptual work in children's gymnastics, youth gymnastics and general youth work as well as conveying the latest impulses in leisure and health sports through numerous further training offers for multipliers
  • the youth-oriented and trend-oriented competition design, z. B. in the show competition Tuju-Stars, gymnastics youth group championship and competition (TGM / TGW)
  • Participation in the German Gymnastics Festival, EUROGYM and the World Gymnaestrada as well as the organization of gymnastics youth group meetings, federal youth meetings, international youth camps and other leisure activities with attractive offers for young people and young adults that emphasize the group experience and community feeling
  • dealing with current sport, youth and socio-political issues and representing the interests of your children and young people in the committees of the German Gymnastics Federation and in the German Sports Youth

DTB companies

DTB Service GmbH

In addition to the marketing and sales of all DTB activities and services, the employees oversee various DTB events such as conventions & congresses and championships. In addition, those responsible are promoting brand building within the DTB brands Kinderturnen, TURNEN! and GYMWELT, design the range of the DTB shop and are responsible for marketing the Gymcard.

Gymcard GmbH

The Gymcard with the additional function of a German sports card is a membership card issued by the German Gymnastics Federation for voluntary employees in clubs and regional gymnastics associations, as well as a membership card for members of gymnastics clubs, departments and groups.

The Gymcard currently provides around 300,000 Gymcard holders with around 800 special conditions for selected products and services from national partners. Regional partners expand the range with offers in the personal environment, especially in the leisure area.

DTB Shop GmbH

The DTB Shop ( has existed for more than 20 years. The range of offers for clubs, trainers and sports enthusiasts ranges from CDs and DVDs to literature to training clothing and small appliances. All products offered are tested for content, quality and possible applications by the DTB speakers or the specialist departments before they are included in the range.

seal of quality

The quality seal Pluspunkt Gesundheit.DTB is an award of the DTB, which was launched in 1994 to honor high-quality health sports offers. Certain requirements must be met.

Web links

Commons : Deutscher Turner-Bund  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b inventory survey 2019. (PDF) German Olympic Sports Confederation, accessed on May 25, 2020 .
  2. Harald Braun: The founding of the German Gymnastics Federation in Hanau . In: Stadtzeit (1998). History magazine on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the revolution and gymnastics movement Hanau 1848–1998, pp. 113–116.
  3. Arnd Krüger : "Today is Germany and tomorrow ..."? The struggle for the sense of conformity in sport in the first half of 1933. In: Wolfgang Buss , Arnd Krüger (Hrsg.): Sportgeschichte. Maintaining tradition and changing values. Festschrift for the 75th birthday of Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Henze. (= Series of publications by the Lower Saxony Institute for Sports History , Volume 2), Mecke, Duderstadt 1985, ISBN 3-923453-03-5 , pp. 175–196.
  4. ^ Reppin, Dietmar: Northeim 1947 as the cradle of the German Gymnastics Federation , in: Northeim in the 20th century.
  5. ^ Website Pluspunkt Gesundheit.DTB .