Riding on alpine or mountain (as you wish) coasters is a nice “side” activity when you want to motivate the kids with a reward after a hike. And they love it! So once again I thought I would ask my readers and followers to contribute to a new post “from you to you” and send me tips on the best mountain coasters in Switzerland. I’ve added the ones we’ve tried, plus a map so you can see them all in one place. If you have tips for others, feel free to send them to me (with a photo if possible 🙂 ).
Alpine coaster/Mountain coaster/Toboggan run or just Rodelbahn
In German, you can find alpine coasters or toboggan runs under the name Rodelbahn or Sommerrodelbahn. There are basically two types of coasters: a coaster with rail-guided tracks and a free-sliding toboggan. On a rail-guided coaster, the bottom of the seat is attached to the rail, so the seats, which usually have a backrest and seatbelt, cannot leave the coaster spontaneously. On the second type, the seats move freely on a metal half-pipe slide and are not attached to anything. Forget the seat belt.
As Petra writes: “We ride mainly on the ones on rails, the sliding ones are really dangerous, so we avoid those.” I share Petra’s opinion.
Either way, both types are equipped with a handbrake to control your speed. The brake is either one stick between your feet or two bars on either side.
Riding with kids
Each mountain coaster has its own rules regarding the minimum height and age of kids. Usually, children over 3 years old can ride with an adult (or an accompanying person over 8 or 12 years old). Kids aged 8 and over can usually ride on their own. On some rides, you pay for each person even if you both fit on one seat, on some rides you only pay for the ride (or only the adult/accompanying person pays).
Each track also has visibly displayed rules of the ride and instructions on how to behave during the ride. There are usually signs on the track warning you to slow down in sharp turns. In most cases, it is forbidden to take photos or videos during the ride for safety reasons. Please be smart and follow the rules 😉