The Mieders Alpine coaster – fast like a lightning bolt

And all the other Serles mountain attractions

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 Austria.

Mieders alpine coaster speeds down mountain.
The Mieders Alpine coaster makes its way over a mountain pasture close to the start of the track.

Overview

With a difference in altitude of 640 m, the Mieders Alpine coaster is one of 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 Mieders Alpine coaster track starts at the Koppeneck mountain station of the Serlesbahnen (the cableway in Mieders in the Stubai Valley 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.

It’s natural to get butterflies in your stomach before getting into the Serlesblitz, as the coaster is officially called, for the first time. However, there is no need to worry. 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.  You can avoid that feeling by taking it slow for the first 100 m or so until you get the hang of it. And pay attention to signs next to the track warning you about steep parts and when to slam on the brakes.

Brake on Mieders Alpine coaster
Hold on to the brake handle, but use it sparingly!

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.

Fun on the Mieders Alpine Coaster.
Fun is guaranteed on the Mieders Alpine Coaster or Serlesblitz as it is known locally.

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)

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

Free water attractions

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.

Wooden water canal system next to the Mieders alpine coaster.
A wooden water canal system at the Koppeneck mountain station, with the start of the Mieders Alpine coaster at the top left.

There is a lot 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.

The Serles mountain near the Mieders Alpine coaster.
The Serles mountain, an intimidating but beautiful presence, reflects in one of the man-made lakes.

Serleswasser or Serles Water is a relatively new summer attraction of the Serlesbahnen in Mieders, Austria. 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.

Serles lake in Mieders Austria.
Crossing one of the Serles lakes on a wooden float.

Read more: A detailed review of the Stubai glacier ski resort for beginners and families

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 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.

Of course, you can also take your own picnic basket and enjoy it next to one of the lakes.

Picnic at the Mieders Alpine coaster in Austria.
A picnic next to one of the man-made lakes means more time to play for the kids.

Serles train

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.

Serles train in Mieders Austria.
The Serles train conveniently takes you to some popular mountain restaurants.

Mieders Alpine coaster must knows

  • 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.
Austrian cow
Alpine cows are generally peace-loving but never go too close, especially with a dog or calves around.
  • 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.

Read more: If you like the Mieders Alpine coaster and the Serles water play area, you will also like the Muttereralm Adventure Playpark 

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.

Best hotel

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.

Hiking backpack and poles
Hotel Serles guests even get a backpack and hiking poles to use during their stay.

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 There

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. Find the bus schedule here.
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The Wanderer

Such beautiful pictures. Looks like a fun place to visit.

Gokul Raj

This would be so much fun. I have seen the Youtube videos of this coaster and seems to be quite thrilling.

Lydia Smith

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.

Jo Amos

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!

Marcus and Mel

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!

J Harvey

Looks like a really fun region and those children seem to having a great time!

Megan Jerrard

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!

Paula

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!

Paige W

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.

Kasia

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 🙂

Best,
Kasia