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5 Extremely Cool Switzerland Alpine Roller Coasters

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Europe's highest toboggan run in the Swiss mountains

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5 Extremely Cool Switzerland Alpine Roller Coasters

Get ready to question everything you ever knew about summer adventures in Switzerland. Yeah, you can ski the Matterhorn Glacier and hike the Swiss Alps. You can take an idyllic train ride from one chocolate factory to another. You can swim in one of many high-altitude lakes.

You can race down a mountainside at alarmingly fast speeds on a track made of shiny stainless steel. They’re called “tin toboggans” or “alpine roller coasters” and you need to try one…as soon as possible!

Ready for an adrenaline rush that’ll last you all summer long? Check out Switzerland’s six best alpine roller coasters.

Rodelbahn Rischli, Sörenberg

Meandering through the high mountain meadows of Sörenberg, Rodelbahn Rischli will take you more than 2,900 feet in it’s entirety. The starting line is conveniently located directly on the main road of Hauptstrasse next to Hotel Rischli at the main entrance of Sörenberg. A comfortable lift takes tobogganers to the start of the course, where the fun truly begins. With twelve death-defying twists and turns, Rodelbahn Rischli is a thriller you’ll remember for a lifetime.

Oeschinensee Gondola Rail, Kandersteg

Cruise past the attractive mountain lake of Oeschinensee on your way down the valley’s favorite summer alpine coaster. Tucked under the gaze of the Doldenhorn, this tin toboggan is accessed by the Oeschinensee Gondola Rail system. The Bernese Oberland mountains are full of splendor during the summer months, so why not speed right through them again and again! And the best part? after you’ve scared yourself on the alpine coaster, you can take a dip or go for a row on the waters of Oeschinensee—perfect relaxation method.

Summer Toboggan Run, Fräkmüntegg, Pilatus

Switzerland’s longest alpine roller coaster comes in at 4,429 feet in length and has many other exciting features to boast as well. Fräkmüntegg Toboggan’s speedy curves, built-in “dragon caves” (tunnels), and a few jumps will give you the adrenaline rush you’ve been seeking ever since the snows of winter melted away. Rail through the turns, take in the outstanding views of Fräkmüntegg, and enjoy!

Schatzalp Summer Toboggan Run, Davos Platz

If you’re looking for a thrill on the eastern side of Switzerland, check out Davos Platz’s Schatzalp Summer Toboggan Run. The 1.5 mile course will take you through the beautiful meadows of the Rhaetian Alps, which run from the border of Austria to Italy. The entrance is a simple five minute walk from the Schatzalpbahn valley train station, which is super convenient to tourists and local Swiss adventurers alike.

Wirzweli Tin Toboggan, Dallenwil

What’s perhaps the most family-friendly alpine coaster on the list, Dallenwil’s Wirzweli Tin Toboggan runs through an adorable high-altitude adventure playground called Wirzweli Zauberland. Definitely bring the kids along for this one because half of the fun is egging on riders as they cruise the twists and turns. There’s also a petting zoo that the youngsters won’t want to miss, including dwarf bunnies, goats, and Shetland Ponies.

The Pfingstegg Toboggan Run, Grindelwald

Racing through the beautiful mountains above Interlaken, the Pfingstegg Toboggan Run in Grindelwald offers unbeatable valley views. For over 2,000 feet, the alpine coaster takes you on a speedy ride that gets up to speeds of 25 miles per hour. The best part about the Pfingstegg Toboggan Run is that groups can rent the attraction for evening enjoyment. But make sure to call well in advance—these bookings fill up quickly!

Mandy Burkholder is a travel, adventure, and outdoor writer who honed her craft in the foothills of the La Plata Mountains of Southwest Colorado. After a stint in the Swiss Alps, she now resides in Tennessee. Follow her on twitter — @mandyburkhold3r