Summer is fun. Winter is fun. Roller coasters are fun. Put all of them together and you will get the most fun activity you can have (in a ski resort) all year round. In contrast to traditional roller coasters, mountain coasters are driven by gravity, plus the rider can control their own speed. Here are our top 10 of the best alpine coasters and alpine slides for both families and adrenaline junkies, which we awarded Top Attractions.
Alpine Coaster Imst
The Imst Alpine Coaster at the ski resort of Imst is the world’s longest alpine roller coaster. Its impressive 3.5km coasters starts at an altitude of 1,500m, before winding its way down 500m on a ride that takes about 9 minutes. Pure excitement and endless fun await those who dare to hop on and speed down the valley. All its bumps, steep turns, jumps, and unexpected twists make for a breathtaking adventure.
Alpine Coaster Mieders
Mieders' Summer Toboggan Run at Serlesbahnen in the Stubai Valley, Tyrol is the world’s steepest alpine coaster, with a monorail type track at a length of 2.8km. Featuring a difference in altitude of 640m and a maximum speed of up to 42kph, the mountain coaster definitely makes for a fast-paced experience. Not for the faint-hearted!
Alpsee Coaster Immenstadt
Operating all year round, the Alpsee Coaster Immenstadt is Germany’s longest year-round toboggan run, featuring 68 curves, 23 waves, 7 jumps, and 4 bridges, which guarantee maximum fun. While the speed can be regulated individually by each and every toboggan rider, the maximum speed is 40kph, making the descent last between 5 and 10 minutes.
Alpine Coaster Osttirodler Lienz
The alpine coaster Osttirodler in Lienz makes for thrilling rides and breathtaking experiences on one of the most spectacular and longest mountain coasters worldwide. Open from May to October, as well as from Christmas to mid-March, you may want to hop on to enjoy the ride at a length of 2.7km, winding its way down into the valley. While the bobs are designed to carry two riders, they can easily be handled by one person alone. Moreover, riders are free to regulate their own speed.
Alpine Coaster Lucky Flitzer Flachau
The Lucky Flitzer in Flachau offers a toboggan run, featuring a track length of 1.1km. It is open in winter and in summer, and you can travel alone or with a friend. Plenty of features, such as jumps, curves, and waves, make for a breathtaking experience and descent down into the valley. Moreover, the Lucky Flitzer is the only alpine coaster operating after sunset.
Alpine Coaster Klausberg Flitzer Steinhaus
The alpine coaster Klausberg Flitzer in Steinhaus is Italy’s longest and most spectacular mountain coaster. Located at the Klausberg summit, it hurtles down for 1.8km, and reaches speeds of 40kph, which will definitely get your adrenaline flowing. Featuring numerous jumps, curves, and loops, you are free to enjoy the toboggan run all year round. As an added bonus to the general fun, you get a free ride included on the Klausberg lift pass!
Alpine Slide Alpspitzbahn Nesselwang
The Alpspitzbahn in Nesselwang is the longest summer toboggan run in the Allgäu, Bavaria and boasts a track of 1km. Featuring 13 curves, 2 jumps, and even a tunnel, the alpine slide makes for a thrilling experience and caters the needs for some quality family time.
Mountain Coaster Pradaschier Churwalden
The mountain coaster at Pradaschier is definitely one of the most entertaining ways to get from Pradaschier down to Churwalden: Sitting in a sled, hurtling down on two rails in about seven minutes, the alpine coaster makes for a fast-paced descent into the valley. At a length of more than 3km, the toboggan run Pradaschier is the longest track-guided railway in Europe. Featuring 31 bends, a difference in altitude of 480 meters and being a high-speed ride itself, it is open in both summer and winter.
Alpine Slide Fräkigaudi Hergiswil
South of Luzern, at a length of 1,3km, the alpine slide Fräkigaudi at Pilatus in Hergiswil is Switzerland’s longest summer toboggan run. Making its way down the valley through plenty of tunnels, the alpine slide also features numerous blends and jumps; thus, making for an unforgettable experience and breathtaking views of the Alps.
Arena Coaster Zillertal Valley
To finish, we give you the Arena Coaster at Zillertal Valley. At a length of 1,4km, the Arena Coaster, a mountain coaster, fascinates people of all ages with its waves, steep curves, jumps, and loops, which will be getting your adrenaline flowing. The descent lasts about 6 to 7 minutes with the highest point being 9m above the ground - endless tobogganing fun guaranteed.
Our Top 10 Coasters at a Glance*
|Alpine Coaster Imst||Imst||3.535m|
|Summer Tobogganing Run Mieders||Mieders||2.800m|
|Alpine Coaster Lucky Flitzer||Flachau||1.100m|
|Mountain Coaster Pradaschier||Churwalden||3.100m|
|Fräkigaudi at Pilatus||Hergiswil||1.350m|
|Arena Coaster||Zell am Ziller||1.450m|
* Top 10 are listed in random order