[Updated August 2022]
The Mieders Alpine coaster or summer toboggan run is one of the top mountain attractions in the Innsbruck region. You will understand why once you’ve blitzed down the 2,8 km track for the first time. Which is why I’m starting with a tip: Never buy only one ticket and end up paying double if you want to go again! Read all about the pricing structure and the other (free) mountain attractions of the Serlesbahnen in Mieders Austria.
- Fast Facts
- Reasons to Ride the Mieders Alpine Coaster
- Can Children Ride the Mieders Alpine Coaster?
- Mieders Alpine Coaster Price: Different Options
- What Are the Serlesbahnen Opening Times?
- More (Free) Attractions and Activities
- Hiking, Eating and Drinking
- The Serles Train
- Practical Tips for Riding the Mieders Alpine Coaster
- Where to Stay in Mieders
- Getting to Mieders
|Price for one ride||€7,70 (kids) to €11 (adults)|
|Price for one ride with cable car to start||€7,70 to €17,00|
|Cable car opening times||09:00 to 17:00|
|Starting point||Serlesbahnen Mieders|
Reasons to Ride the Mieders Alpine Coaster
- With a difference in altitude of 640 m from the top to the bottom, the Mieders Alpine coaster is one of the steepest of its kind in the world. You can reach speeds of up to 42 km/h while navigating your way around 40 bends.
- You’ll get to ride in a gondola with views over the Stubai valley. This popular Alpine coaster in Austria starts at the Koppeneck mountain station of the Serlesbahnen (the cableway in Mieders near Innsbruck) and ends at the valley station. The track winds its way through the trees and over the cableway clearing. To get to the top, you must either walk or take the cable car. Naturally, most people opt for the quicker, easier way.
- The coaster cars are easy to handle. All you must do is hold on to the brake lever between your legs and pull it back to avoid feeling like you’re on a runaway train.
Can Children Ride the Mieders Alpine Coaster?
Children riding on their own sit on a special cushion to make them more secure if they are small in stature. Small kids ride in the same car with an adult. You can also ask for two cars to be joined, with the more experienced driver sitting in front. And of course, everyone must buckle up.
The worst thing that can happen to you on the Alpine coaster? To have a slow coach in front of you when you want to go fast. For this reason, leave enough room between you and the next person when you start.
Not close to Innsbruck during your summer holiday in Austria? Don’t worry, there will be an Alpine coaster near you. Like the Keltenblitz Alpine slide near Salzburg which is a great half-day trip from the city of Mozart.
Mieders Alpine Coaster Price: Different Options
The more you ride the Alpine coaster in Mieders, the cheaper it gets. The fee structure looks complicated at first, with different discounts applying for families and the holders of the Freizeitticket Tirol and the Stubai Card. Children are divided into 4 different age groups, with those under 6 riding for free.
Here are a few basic prices (without discounts) to give you an idea what to expect:
|No of Rides (Up + Down)||Adults||Kids (6-10)|
What Are the Serlesbahnen Opening Times?
The Serlesbahnen runs from 09:00 to 17:00 from Monday to Friday, and till 18:00 over weekends during the peak season from the end of June to the beginning of September. More details and dates are available here. (Unfortunately, the only up-to-date link is in German).
More (Free) Attractions and Activities
If you think the ride up and down the mountain is a bit pricey, the good news is that the Mieders Alpine coaster isn’t the only attraction of the Serlesbahnen cable car.
There is a lot more value for your money at the Koppeneck mountain station in the form of the Serlesseen and Serles Park. The first are man-made lakes with a variety of water play features. While the kids try out all the fun activities, the adults can enjoy some quiet moments on a picnic blanket or stroll around the bigger lake in the shadow of the Serles mountain.
Serles Park includes a wooden water canal system, a giant sandpit with jungle gym, and a wooden float that can be pulled across one of the lakes. The attractions are free to enjoy by all, but take heed of the general rules and regulations posted at the gates. For example, swimming isn’t allowed even if it is a water attraction and most children get partly or thoroughly wet.
Hiking, Eating and Drinking
The Koppeneck mountain station is a good starting point for a few short and easy hikes. Those to traditional mountain huts or restaurants are especially popular.
- Almgasthof Hochserles – Right next to the Koppeneck mountain station above the Serlesseen. There is a nice outside seating area overlooking a playpark with swings and slides for the kids.
- Ochsenhütte – A traditional mountain hut restaurant, only a short walk (about 30 minutes) to the left of the Koppeneck mountain station. It also has a children’s play area.
- Maria Waldrast – The one-hour hike to Europe’s highest functioning monastery, Kloster Maria Waldrast, is perhaps the most popular. It is also possible to sleep here.
- Alpengasthof Sonnenstein – This mountain restaurant is a 45-minute downhill walk from the Koppeneck mountain station.
The Serles Train
The good news for those with small children, elderly parents or who are simply pressed for time, is that a “train” now runs between Koppeneck and Maria Waldrast. The Serleszug is pulled by a tractor and departs on its scenic route 6 x daily between July and September. It also stops at the Ochsenhütte.
Find the time schedule and up-to-date prices here.
Practical Tips for Riding the Mieders Alpine Coaster
- To save money, you can also walk to the Koppeneck mountain station but allow enough time for it.
- On your first ride, take it slow for the first 100 m or so until you get the hang of it. And always pay attention to signs next to the track that warn you about steep parts and when to slam on the brakes.
- The German word for an Alpine coaster is Sommerrodelbahn. Officially, the Mieders Alpine coaster is called the Serlesblitz (Serles lightning bolt).
- If you like the idea of cows and the sound of their bells in an Alpine pasture, this is the place to find them. They were all around the Serlesseen on the day of our last visit. You’re not allowed to take pictures while riding the Mieders alpine coaster. An action camera tied around your stomach or head is the best solution to film your ride.
- The Alpine coaster shuts down if there is the slightest chance of rain. The kids were very disappointed when they missed their third turn because of a looming shower. They had to take the cable car down but were given a complimentary ticket each.
- The above information only applies to the summer months, roughly from May to October. In winter, the area around the Mieders Alpine coaster is a ski resort. Please double check the opening status, especially in May and October, on the official websites of the different attractions and restaurants.
Where to Stay in Mieders
With so much happening on the Serles mountain and in the Stubai Valley in general, you can easily spend 3 or more days here. It’s even a good base for exploring Innsbruck, which is only a 15-minute drive away. In summer, guests staying in the Stubai valley get a Stubai Super Card which gives them free access to many services and attractions.
Staying within walking distance from the Mieders Alpine coaster is possible with the following options.
Hotel Serles – The Hotel Serles is just down the road from the Serlesbahnen valley station. We stayed here to go skiing on the Stubai glacier in winter and can thoroughly recommend it. The location is great, the food is excellent, and guests can opt to go on organised outdoor activities in summer as well as winter.
Read my full review of Hotel Serles here or click here to book your room now.
Best Self-Catering Accommodation
Milcherhof – The Milcherhof is an absolutely stunning apartment only 500 m from the Mieders Alpine coaster valley station. It sleeps up to 6 people and has every amenity you can think of. Naturally, it is very popular with regular guests returning year after year. Click here to check availability and to book apartment Milcherhof now.
Best budget accommodation
Ferienwohnung Driendl – A bit more basic and some say it could do with a facelift, but the Ferienwohnung (holiday apartment) Driendl is in the center of the village with everything you need nearby. If you are going to be out and about exploring all day, you won’t need more than this to come back to in the late afternoon or evening. Click here to book the Ferienwohnung Driendl.
Getting to Mieders
By car – Take the A13 Brenner Motorway from Innsbruck. After crossing the Europa Bridge, take the Schönberg exit into the Stubai Valley. A toll fee of €3 is charged at a toll gate just after the exit. You can pay cash or by credit card. Parking at the cable car station is free.
By bus – Take Bus 590 from the Innsbruck main train station and get off at Mieders Serlesbahnen. The journey takes around 23 minutes.
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Such beautiful pictures. Looks like a fun place to visit.
This would be so much fun. I have seen the Youtube videos of this coaster and seems to be quite thrilling.
Kid will be so happy when I bring him along to this place. He had always wanted to be my traveling guardian but his age makes me worried when it comes to traveling because I don’t want him bored. With the fun promised by Mieders Alpine Coaster, I’d try this place out with him on my 10-days Austria visit.
That alpine coaster looks like serious fun. And what a landscape – I’d love to walk around there. It must be full of incredible wildlife!
We love Austria and have been in the summer and winter. This looks really good fun, will have to be the 3 rides for us!
Looks like a really fun region and those children seem to having a great time!
What an awesome place to visit for a family trip, your kids look like they’re having so much fun! The Innsbruck region is one of those on my bucketlist for the incredible natural scenery, though I’m a kid at heart so would love to jump on the alpine coaster while there – thanks for sharing your tips!
Cool toboggan! I have never been to Innsbruck but is surely on my bucket list. And I would probably get down and just want to go again as you said… 🙂 Thanks!
The alpine coaster seems like a lot of fun! A town near us has a couple of them, but they’re quite expensive! This looks like a great place to take with kids. I would’ve loved the wooden float as a kiddo.
There is a something like that in Zakopane, Poland that I have tried fewyeas ago. I only remember being so scared how fast it can go. I mean the views were amazing so I forget about being scared but still
It reminds me all the time of my favorite movie “Cool Runnings” 🙂
This is definitely a place where you can take your family to spend a nice time 🙂
Hello, the bus schedule link to Mieders is broken. Perhaps you can advise the latest link? Thanks!