Summer Rodelbahn: Why You Need to Try it if You Love High Adrenaline Activities

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A Summer Rodelbahn should be on every adrenalin junkie’s list to try  at least once in their lives.  I could have ridden it all day!   I hadn’t heard of one  until I moved to Germany.  I hadn’t actually tried a Summer Rodelbahn until a recent trip to Nassfeld in Kärnten (Carinthia in English), Austria’s most southern state.  I’m now kicking myself for waiting so long.

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Summer Rodelbahn track at the Nassfeld in Kar, Austria.

Basically a Summer Rodelbahn is a track built down the side of the mountain.  You get into a little car and Weeeee!  down the mountain you go! 2km in the case of the Rodelbahn track in the Nassfeld region located just steps from the Falkensteiner Hotel and Spa Carinzia.

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This is your ride on a Summer Rodelbahn!

When I saw just how small my ride would be, I was skeptical, would I even fit in the tiny car?  And how on earth was I going to steer it down a mountain?

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Enjoying my first Summer Rodelbahn experience in the beautiful Nassfeld region of southern Austria.

Thankfully I did!  Steering is non-existent, since the car does it by itself, but you do have the option to go faster or slower, by pulling on a lever, so you can make the ride as scary (up to 40km/hr!) or as mellow (think old lady driver) as you want it to be. Despite my promise to myself to not use the brakes, I found myself pulling back the lever to slow down, while squealing like a scared little girl on more than one occasion.  I LOVED IT!  Every turn, every dip in the track had my heart pumping with excitement!

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Photo taken while riding the Summer Rodelbahn. Check out the beautiful scenery in the Nassfeld.
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Me enjoying my ride! Photo courtesy of Marie-Therese Reretsifp

Check out the video below taken by Matthias Wieser while on the Rodelbahn – brave man, riding and filming at the same time!

One ride on the Summer Rodelbahn and I’m hooked. I could have done it all day.  The most fun I’ve had in a long time.  Every adrenalin junkie should try a Summer Rodelbahn at least once in their lives, but I’m betting that once won’t be enough!  Have you tried it? Would you try it?

Know Before You Go to the Summer Rodelbahn in the Nassfeld:

  • Stay at the Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Carinzia and receive a free +Card, meaning that you receive a free ride up the Milleniumsbahn (gondola), which is conveniently located just steps from the hotel.  The Milleniumsbahn is the only practical way to get to the Summer Rodelbahn.
  • The Summer Rodelbahn is for kids of all ages.  Small children can ride with their parents.The Summer Rodelbahn costs 7 Euros for adults and 6 Euros for kids.  A discounted rate is given if you purchase 3 rides (per person).
  • Also at the top of the Milleniumsbahn is the AquaTrail, a 1 hour family friendly trail with fun activities for kids, including a water feature where kids can cool off on a hot day and a trampoline – yes seriously a trampoline on top of a mountain – very cool!
  • After you’ve ridden the Summer Rodelbahn you may also want to try the Flying Fox (a zip line) and High Ropes Course, which are near the finish of the Rodelbahn (look for more details in an upcoming post)
  • There are also numerous hiking trails and climbing possibilities at the top of the Milleniumsbahn, which you can easily combine with the Summer Rodelbahn for an action packed day.
  • Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Carinzia  is located 50 km from Villach train station, or 8 km from Hermagor train station, (transfers can be arranged for a fee) or 1 km from Tröpolach train station, free transfers upon request.
  • Relax in the luxurious spa at the Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Carinzia to reward yourself for an action-packed day!  Check out one of their wellness packages for a great deal.


Disclosure:  I was a guest at the Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Bleibergerhof.  As always, all opinions expressed are my own.

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20 thoughts on “Summer Rodelbahn: Why You Need to Try it if You Love High Adrenaline Activities”

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  2. Wow, thanks for sharing something so fun and it is only about an hour away from where we live in Italy! We’ve actually taken ski lessons at Nassfeld and never knew this existed. We’ll definitely go check it out. Tim will be the one whooshing down at 40 km/hr while I test out old lady speed. 😉

  3. I used to love the Rodelbahn as a kid! I’ve never been to this one though, only ones in Germany. I used to wonder why they didn’t have them in the US, but now I know that would be impossible. Could you imagine the amount of paperwork you would have to fill out before taking the plunge and even with countless waivers, I would give it a week before the first lawsuits start rolling in.

  4. Thanks for your comments everyone!
    @Matthias, I’ve added the video to my post. Thanks for sharing.
    @Jen – You’re lucky to live so close to there, it’s incredibly beautiful!
    @Daniel – You’re probably right, I was wondering why I hadn’t seen them in Canada/U.S. either, but it’s too bad, all the N. Americans are missing out on so much fun!

  5. It looks like a lot of fun. No doubt a version will show up in North America soon. I am surprised it has not caught on with the ski resorts here. There are certainly plenty of slopes and lifts. One that starts at the top of Sulphur Mountain and ends in the St. James Pub would do well.

  6. Umm… yeah.. no. It looks a bit too much like a luge met a monorail. The scenery looks awesome, but I don’t think I could manage the speed aspect.

  7. That looks like so much fun!! I’d do it in a heartbeat…. and then do it again. 😉 And it looks relatively safe, which is heartening.

  8. omg, that ride,Rodelbahn, looks very ummm, free and outdoor (o_O no glass windows?) I think I been screaming my way down the hill if I get on this ride XDD

  9. Oh, what a blast! I think I would be doing that ALL DAY. (As long as I didn’t have to walk back up again.)

    I can think of one improvement though. If you splashed down in the lake at the bottom of the ride. Water is all that’s missing!

  10. This looks like fun! Reminds me a bit of our ziplining adventure in Switzerland – the scenery is similar of course and it’s a fun setting for an adrenaline rush!

  11. I love hearing everyone’s reactions. I loved it, but it was scarier (and more fun) than I had thought from looking at it. The great thing is that you can control your own speed.

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