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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 2,8km 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.
With a difference in altitude of 640m, the Mieders Alpine coaster is probably the steepest of its kind in the world. No wonder you can reach speeds of up to 42km/h while navigating your way around 40 bends.
The Serlesblitz, as it is also called, starts at the Koppeneck mountain station of the Serlesbahnen (the cableway in Mieders in the Stubai Valley) 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 when it feels like you’re on a runaway train. There are also a few signs urging you to brake next to steep parts.
Children riding on their own (Mattheus did his first solo ride at 7) 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 keeping you up when you are pretending you have no brakes. For this reason, leave enough room between you and the next person when you start.
Prices and Opening Times
The more you ride, 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.
1 x cable car + Alpine coaster = €14,30 per adult and €5,80 per child (6-9 years)
3 x cable car + Alpine coaster = €34,40 per adult and €21,20 per child (10-14 years)
Find the complete list of prices here.
Opening times – 09:00 to 17:00 from Monday to Friday, and till 18:00 over weekends during the peak season. More details and dates are available here.
Read more: Our top 4 things to do in Stubai in summer
If you think the ride up and down the mountain is a bit pricey, there is more value for your money at the Koppeneck mountain station in the form of the Serlesseen and Serleswasser. These are some 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.
Serleswasser is a relatively new summer attraction of the Serlesbahnen. It 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, proper 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 mountain huts or restaurants are very popular.
Almgasthof Hochserles – Right next to the Koppeneck mountain station. 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.
You can also take your own picnic basket and enjoy it next to one of the lakes.
The good news for those with small children or elderly parents 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.
Short Facts About the Mieders Alpine Coaster
- The German word for 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 are 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 Serlesbahnen 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.