If you’re heading to Austria this year then one thing you need to put on your list is an alpine coaster.
Alpine coasters are a fantastic family activity offering riders the opportunity to descend down the mountain on a track just a few meters above the ground.
These rides are very popular during the summer season and some even continue to operate during winter.
The key difference between mountain coasters and roller coasters is that mountain coasters are fitted with a manual brake allowing riders to control the speed of their descent.
But don’t think that these rides are too tame for you! They can reach a speed of up to 45 km per hour and with their multiple twists, turns and 360-degree loops you’re in for a thrilling ride.
In this article, we look at the best alpine coasters in Austria. We’ll leave it up to you to decide which one is your favourite.
Best Alpine Coasters in Austria
While not an exhaustive list (we’ll keep adding), below are some of the best alpine coasters you’ll find in Austria:
Map of Best Alpine Coasters in Austria
If you’re wondering where to find the best alpine coasters in Austria then we’ve got you covered.
The following map shows the location of every alpine coaster mentioned in this article:
1. Imst Alpine Coaster
First on our list of the best Austrian alpine coasters is the Imst Alpine Coaster.
This exciting alpine coaster takes riders on a thrilling ride that lasts over 3,535 m and reaches speeds of up to 40 km/h.
With a total vertical descent of 500 m and a ride time of approximately 6 minutes, this is one of the longest alpine coasters you can ride.
The alpine coaster is only a 50-minute drive from Innsbruck and is located in the village of Mieders in Austria.
The alpine coaster operates during the summer months (the end of April to the start of November).
Opening times from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm (hours are extended during high season – July to September).
If you’re looking for more information then check out our complete guide to the Imst Alpine Coaster.
2. Mieders Alpine Coaster
Next on our list is the Mieders Alpine Coaster, also known as the Sommerrodelbahn Mieders.
The steepest alpine coaster in Austria with a vertical descent of 640 m and a route length of 2,800 meters, this is a ride not to be missed!
The alpine coaster is only a 20-minute drive from Innsbruck and is located in the small holiday village of Mieders in Austria.
The alpine coaster operates during the summer months (May – September) with opening times from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm (hours are extended during high season – July to September).
Tip: This ride is popular – we recommend going early in the day to avoid crowds.
If you’re looking for more information then check out our complete guide to the Mieders Alpine Coaster.
The final alpine coaster on our list is the Alpine-Coaster-Golm.
This exhilarating alpine coaster can reach a speed of up to 40 km/h and covers a distance of 2,600 meters.
The alpine coaster has 44 exciting jumps, a spectacular 360° circle and 15 wild 180° hairpin bends. All of this takes place at an incline of up to 40° and up to 6 m above the ground!
The Alpine-Coaster-Golm is a 1-hour 40-minute drive from Innsbruck and is located in the village of Vandans in Austria.
The coaster operates in both summer and winter, although in winter, the operating hours are limited to the weekend.
The alpine coaster starts at Latschua and finishes in Vandans. The best way to access the alpine coaster is by catching the Golmerbahn up to Latschua.
From there you take the coaster back down the mountain – it ends right next to the Golmerbahn Valley station.
As far as alpine coasters go this is one of our favourites. A fantastic ride for the whole family in almost any weather.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Longest Alpine Coaster in Austria?
The longest alpine coaster in Austria is the Imst Alpine Coaster with a total downhill length of 3,535 meters.
In fact, this is one of the longest alpine coasters in the world.
You can expect a total downhill ride time of about 6 minutes depending on your speed.