Sommerrodelbahn: Summer alpine family fun

Sommerrodelbahn: Summer alpine family fun

by Melissa Shock
Stripes Europe

Spins, curves, jumps and bumps — all while speeding down a mountain! Ever wonder what they do with ski slopes once the snow melts? They turn them into Sommerrodelbahns, translation: summer toboggan runs. There are many destinations for the spine-tingling ride of a toboggan run or alpine coaster across Austria, Switzerland and Germany.


Toboggan Run: You control a wheeled sled in a stainless steel or concrete luge (typically only open during the summer).

Alpine Coaster: You control a wheeled car on a rail system (typically open year round).

Most toboggan runs and alpine coasters are open from May to October, but check individual websites for details on additional leisure activities, exact opening days and times, and prices. You can ride solo, or double up on a twoseater (not recommended for children under 3).


Austria features the longest and steepest Sommerrodelbahns in the world!

Serlesbahnen - Mieders, Austria: This is the steepest alpine coaster in the world! With an altitude change of 640 meters, it’s a thrilling ride at 42 kilometers per hour with 40 sharp turns. The resort also offers a hidden paradise in the surrounding Stubai Alps with their extensive hiking and mountain biking trails.

Alpine Coaster - Imst Imst, Austria: Imst has the world’s longest alpine coaster at 3,535 meters (that’s more than 2 miles long)! After a ride on the coaster, continue the adventure with mountain climbing courses or cool off in the natural bathing lake. A variety of birthday packages are available for the coaster.

Golmerbahn - Vandans, Austria: At 2,600 meters long, this coaster offers 44 jumps and a unique 360-degree loop! If that isn’t enough adrenaline, check out the Flying Fox, a zip line over the lake that reaches speeds of 70 kilometers per hour.


High above small Swiss towns, these toboggan runs and coasters offer not only exhilarating rides but also beautiful, panoramic views.

Pilatus - Lucerne, Switzerland: This toboggan features dragon dens, which speed you through tunnels along the track. Pilatus is also home to central Switzerland’s largest rope park, including a 20-meter freefall adventure.

Pfingstegg - Grindelwald, Switzerland: This toboggan run is popular for parties. You can rent the course for birthdays, weddings and company events. The resort also includes other adrenaline-pumping activities like paragliding and bungee jumping!

Feeblitz - Saas-Fee, Switzerland: One of the highest coasters in the Alps, the Feeblitz provides excellent mountain views as you go in circles down the 900-meter-long track. Still need more fun? There’s an adventure forest that offers tree-mendous fun along with river rafting and scooter bikes.

Pradaschier - Lenzerheide, Switzerland: At 3,100 meters, this is Switzerland’s longest alpine coaster and includes 31 extraordinary curves throughout the track. This peaceful resort is a breath of fresh air, literally, offering tranquil nature hikes with the occasional deer and fox spotting.

Rellerli - Gstadd, Switzerland: Set in the absolutely beautiful town of Gstadd, this resort offers both a toboggan run and alpine coaster. To relax after the double adrenaline of the rides, check out the petting zoo or campfire areas.


Head to the mountains or stay near town; Germany offers a number of different toboggan runs and coaster locations.

Alpsee Bergwelt - Immenstadt, Germany: At 2,780 meters, this is the longest toboggan run in Germany with a whopping 58 curves, seven jumps and four bridges. Plus, you can ride at night for a unique experience.

Blomberg - Bad Tölz, Germany: Offering both a toboggan run and coaster, this is the perfect spot for a Bavarian mountain getaway. Idyllic mountain scenery and lush green pastures make for postcard-worthy pictures.

Kurpfalz-Coaster - Wachenheim, Germany: Only a short drive from Kaiserslautern, this coaster is shorter than most but spins you 360 degrees with dense nature views of the Pfalz and hillside vineyards in the Kurpfalz Park.

Kolbensattel - Oberammergau, Germany: This coaster is 2,600 meters of breathtaking views and adventurous curves. The resort is also well known as a hiker’s paradise with trails for beginners to those seeking more advanced routes.

Get ready for the slide of your life as you explore the curving, jumping, spinning Sommerrodelbahns of Europe. These tobaggan runs and alpine coasters combine adventure and nature that guarantee a fun, action-packed summer!

Check out for a list of Sommerrodelbahns around the world!

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