Sledding on Germany’s Longest Toboggan Run

 toboggan run near the Tegernsee in Bavaria
As I exited the gondola, laughter and joyful screams peppered the crisp mountain air.  I was about to have the most fun I’ve had in ages, I just didn’t realize it yet.   I  sat on my wooden toboggan, dug my feet into the snow to propel myself forward.  “Dig your right foot in to turn right,” instructed J.P. my German parnter at the time.  I dug my right foot in and started turning right towards the steep cliff right off the toboggan run.  “Dig your left foot in,” J.P. instructed a little more frantically.  “HOW DO I STOP?” I wailed.  “DIG BOTH FEET IN…HARDER….HARDER,” J.P. said as I narrowly adverted crashing into the toboggan ahead of me.  Between cliffs and other tobogganers, it’s a lot to concentrate on at once!

The first collision avoided I stopped to observe the other tobogganers flying past me noting that no else seemed to need impromptu tobogganing lessons.  But then I hadn’t gone tobogganing since…well it was so long ago that I couldn’t remember.

Sledding down a groomed run near the Tegernsee, about an hour from Munich
Tobogganing into the unknown due to the fog.

After one run on the Wallberg in Rottach-Egern near the Tegernsee in the Bavarian Alps, that’s about to change.  The 6.5 km long toboggan run is the longest natural toboggan run in Germany and takes 30 minutes to descend for a total vertical distance of 825m! 

I soon joined in on the laughing and screaming as I worked my way down the steep toboggan run with pure joy running through my veins.  Five minutes in and I was already a tobogganing convert! For a unique experience I also highly recommend night sledding which you can do in Wilder Kaiser in Austria.

Me sledding at the Wallberg
Slowing down from my “top speed” for a photo opp.

Visitors have two options to ascend:  the Wallberg tram which costs €10 and takes just minutes, or the good old fashioned way – hiking to the top which takes about 2 1/2 hours.  We choose the former.  Visitors can bring their own sleds or rent one there for €5.  We rented our sleds, but waited in line for 90 minutes.  Tobogganing on the weekend is a popular activity so arrive early.  The toboggan rental and the Wallberg tram both open at 8:45.  Another option would be to go on a weekday.
Unsurprisingly, the Wallberg is a popular spot for sledding. Go early to avoid lines.The first part of the toboggan run was steep and bumpy.  I learned the hard way that when you go over a bump, you’re supposed to lift your bum up off your sled to reduce the impact.  Still, I swooped down the run at top speed, eager to add “Professional Tobogganer” to my existing self-titled “Professional Gondola Operator” designation – or perhaps not.   “Where have you been? We’ve been waiting almost 5 minutes,”  J.P. impatiently inquired, anxious to continue.  “Ummm…taking pictures, yeah that’s it, I stopped to take some pictures along the way….”  Regardless of my debatable “top speed” I had a perma-grin on my face, only letting out the occasional profanity when I forgot to lift my bum over a bump.  I unconvincing told myself  that surely German children didn’t know bad words in English.  My apologies to the German parents of those children if I was mistaken.

Stopping at a hut for schnapps to warm up.
This hut serves liquid courage (and also non-alcoholic drinks) halfway through the toboggan run.

Two huts await visitors at the top serving typical Bavarian dishes and there’s also a hut half way down the toboggan run offering Glühwein (mulled wine) and schnapps should you need a shot of liquid courage on the way down.  I was high on adrenalin and my mulled wine went down in a few gulps. I passed on the schnapps not wanting to wreck my perfect track record of zero crashes.

A nervous dog goes for a ride on a sled.
Sledding has gone to the dogs! Mmm…I wonder if monkeys like sledding?…

The second half of the toboggan run wasn’t as steep, nor as bumpy, but still fun and I purposely picked up my speed, swooshing like a pro around the turns.  Trees be damned!  This was fun! 

For more info see the Wallberg Rottach-Egern official website.

 

Disclaimer:  I received two complimentary tickets in exchange for writing about the toboggan run, but as always, all opinions expressed are my own.

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26 thoughts on “Sledding on Germany’s Longest Toboggan Run”

  1. I have no doubt that a Canadian girl was coming down that hill at “top speed”. Love the wooden toboggans! We had one like that when we were kids and you don’t see them much around here anymore – everything is plastic.

  2. @Lisa – Thank you! Speed really is a matter of perception 🙂 I love the wooden toboggans as well and had never ridden on one as I had the plastic “Crazy carpet” when I was growing up.

  3. Outstanding terrain. Nothing wrong with a crazy carpet. Easy to backpack and a spray can of Pam will bring up the speed substantially. 6.5 KM is a long run. It looks like a lot of fun and a memorable experience. Thanks for sharing.

  4. omg that looks so much fun!! (Jumps!) I would love to do that…..since I get tired easily from skiing x_X

    O_O did that dog really go sledding down the hill?

  5. @Barry – I’ve never thought about spraying a crazy carpet to go faster, I normally am trying to slow down! It was fun and as an FYI the longest toboggan run in Europe is in Switzerland and is 15km – unfortunately my hubby doesn’t want to drive the 500km to test it out.

    @Annie – Yes, it’s much easier than skiing. That dog really went down the hill with the woman also sitting on the sled holding him. Not sure how much he enjoyed it.

  6. Wow this does look like fun and reminds me of when my kids were very little. We would take them sledding tobogganing and tubing every winter. The cackles and sheer joy is a great memory! Although we didn’t have a run that was 30 minutes long.

  7. In Denmark, tobogganing is something you do with kids, and the weather right now is perfect. So, if we’d had a 6.5 km long hill and rented gear, I’m sure there would be more grown-ups around, because it is great fun.

  8. @Debbie – I felt exactly the same when I did and realize that I need to seek our more of those “sheer joy” moments.

    @Italian Notes – I agree completely! At this run there were just as many adults, if not more than there were kids. My husband says it’s the hot topic at work these days, everyone is talking about it!

  9. Wow, that looks like such good fun. We call it ‘sledging’ in the UK and I haven’t done it since I was a kid. Having said that, we used to pull each other around snowy streets, not go careering down mountains! 🙂
    Julia

  10. Laurel,

    Wow, I am jealous – this is so fun to hear about and not have to climb the hill to get to the top too. Wish I could do this

    eileen

  11. Great post. I laughed non stop when I did this, it was so much fun! There was also a little bit of fear of falling off the mountain mixed in there – totally worth it though.

  12. Hello there, myself and husband are looking to go here in March. What time of year did you go? Would you know if there will be snow in March to be able to go on the run?
    Many thanks in advance, Ann x

    • @Ann I’ve been there in January and February. Re: March it’s difficult to say until closer to the time since the weather/snow conditions change so quickly.

  13. Hi, how do we book this?
    We are currently staying in schliersee & this sounds like a blast & although my hubby & I have never done anything remotely like this (& we’ve been around for a while, if you know what I mean. No spring chickens), we would love to give it a go.
    Any advice/tips would be greatly appreciated. Cheers

    • @Anne-Marie – No reservations/bookings are needed you just show up. Having said that if it’s your first time this one is very long and fast so you may want to consider the shorter and less steep one at the Obere Firstalm at the Spitzenseesattel: https://www.firstalm.de/index.php/winter-aktivitaeten. It’s about an hour hike up, then you sled down. You can just rent your sleds there too. No advance bookings are required.

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