The Austrian town of Meiders is where you’ll find the Mieders Alpine Coaster, also known as the Sommerrodelbahn Mieders.
A gravity-powered alpine coaster that has been operating since 2004, this is one of the top mountain attractions in the Innsbruck region and a fantastic activity for the whole family.
If you’re interested in finding out more about this ride, then you have come to the right place!
This guide features everything you need to know about riding the Mieders Alpine Coaster, including insider tips and advice, so keep reading to find out more.
Table of Contents
- How Long is the Mieders Alpine Coaster?
- How Fast is the Mieders Alpine Coaster?
- What is an Alpine Coaster?
- Mieders Alpine Coaster Video
- How Much Does the Mieders Alpine Coaster Cost?
- Where is the Mieders Alpine Coaster?
- Operating Hours
- Insider Tips and Advice
How Long is the Mieders Alpine Coaster?
Reaching a speed of up to 42km/h (26 mp/h), the Mieders Alpine Coaster is 2,800 meters (9,186 feet) long and offers riders an exhilarating ride with 640 meters (2,100 feet) of vertical descent and 40 hairpin turns.
The total downhill ride time is between 4 and 5 minutes, depending on your speed (alpine coasters have a manual brake so you’re able to control this).
How Fast is the Mieders Alpine Coaster?
The Mieders Alpine Coaster can reach a maximum speed of 42 km/h (26 mp/h).
As a safety feature, alpine coasters are fitted with an automatic braking system that prevents the carts from going over the maximum speed.
In addition, this alpine coaster is fitted with a manual brake that lets riders control the speed of their descent.
If 42 km/h (26 mp/h) is too fast for you, you can slow the ride down to a speed that feels more comfortable.
The brake lever is located between your legs, pulling it back to engage the brakes.
It doesn’t take long to get the hang of it and before you know it you’ll be cruising down the mountain.
What is an Alpine Coaster?
If you’re unfamiliar with alpine coasters (also known as mountain coasters), check out the post we wrote.
Mountain or alpine coasters are essentially gravity-powered roller coasters that use the natural contours of a mountain to provide riders with a thrilling downhill ride experience.
Alpine coasters are a great activity that the whole family can enjoy. However, given the nature of this ride, there are some age and height restrictions that apply.
In addition, alpine coasters are equipped with a manual brake, enabling riders to adjust their descent speed. This unique feature allows riders to have greater control of their experience.
If things get a bit too fast for your liking you can apply the brake, if you’re more of the daredevil type then you can leave the brake untouched for maximum speed.
And finally, no prior experience or training is necessary. You can just jump in and enjoy the ride.
Mieders Alpine Coaster Video
One of the great things about alpine coasters is that many people have filmed their experiences.
In fact, the video we’ve included below has had over 12 million views!
These videos give you an opportunity to “experience” the ride before you go on it.
The video below gives you a first-person view of what you can expect from start to finish on the Mieders Alpine Coaster.
One thing to be aware of though is that point-of-view videos can be a bit misleading.
The wide-angled lens makes the drops shallower and the ride seems way slower than it is in real life.
They provide a good idea of what the ride looks like but only real-world experience tells you how they feel. So get out there and try it for yourself.
These rides really are the perfect combination of an adrenaline rush and nature. If you happen to be in the area then this is an activity to add to your “to-do list”.
How Much Does the Mieders Alpine Coaster Cost?
The cost to ride the alpine coaster varies depending on age and the number of times you want to ride.
The latest prices (only available in German) can be found here.
At the time of writing, the costs to ride the alpine coaster (excluding cable car to get to the starting point) were as follows:
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Children under the age of 6 years old ride for free.
Guests with a Stubai guest card receive a 10% discount.
In wet or dangerous weather conditions, the alpine coaster can be closed for safety reasons. No refund is available in these situations.
Pregnant women and children under the age of 2 are not permitted on the ride.
Where Is the Mieders Alpine Coaster?
The Mieders Alpine coaster is located in the small holiday village of Mieders, Austria.
The alpine coaster starts at the Koppeneck mountain station.
The monorail track, on which the alpine coaster runs, winds its way through trees and down the mountain finishing at the station down in the valley.
To get to the start of the alpine coaster, riders can either catch a ride in the Serlesbhanen (the cable car from the Mieders Valley) or walk to the starting point.
The location of the Mieders alpine coaster can be found on the map below:
Operating hours for the alpine coaster vary depending on the time of the year.
We’ve summarised the operating hours you can expect during the peak and low seasons below:
Low Season (June + early September to end October)
Daily from 9 am to 4.30 pm (open to 5 pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays)
High Season (July to the beginning of September)
Daily from 9 am to 5 pm (open to 6 pm on Saturdays and Sundays)
We recommend checking the official website for the latest times (the only up-to-date version of the website is in German).
Insider Tips and Advice
This alpine coaster is a popular attraction and can get very busy during the peak season (July – August).
We recommend you go early to avoid long queues and congestion on the track.
One of the downsides of these alpine coasters is that your experience can be affected if the riders in front of you are slow.
We’ve also read reviews of people stopping on the track to take selfies, causing a backup of carts on the track. The area and views might be incredible but this is obviously not safe and unfair to fellow riders.
It’s best to avoid these situations by going when the ride is less popular.
Weather can also be temperamental in mountainous areas. To ensure riders’ safety this ride does not operate in the rain.
Before You Go
If you’re looking for another alpine coaster ride in Austria then make sure you check out the Imst Alpine Coaster.
With a total length of 3,535 m (11,598 ft) and a ride time of about 6 minutes, this is a ride you don’t want to miss!