High above the town of Imst, Austria you will find just the world’s longest alpine coaster - it is 3.5 kilometers (just over 2 miles) of awesome! This has been on our European bucket list for a while and it did not disappoint. We can't recommend it enough!
- Ride with a partner. You will weigh more and thus be able to go faster. Also, with two people, it is easier to hold the accelerator down, whereas otherwise, the cart automatically defaults to the upward braking position. Even as adults we struggled to keep the accelerator down and we watched many kids come to a halting stop every few minutes because they couldn’t quite reach and hold it down.
- If you can, strategically wait to hop on until you know there is a big enough gap between you and the person in front of you. Otherwise you will have to stop to wait for them to get far enough ahead of you. Our goal: no brakes!
- One ride is not enough! We recommend purchasing the “3 rides with lift” package. You can choose to hike up, though it may take you quite a while. Riding the coaster and lift three times took us about an hour and a half.
- Backpacks and cameras are not allowed on the coaster. If you bring one up with you, they will send it down on the chairlift and it will be waiting for you once you’re finished. Save yourself some time and leave backpacks at bottom to begin with.
This gem is open all year long, but be sure to check the hours before you come as it varies by season.
If you have some time to spare, be sure to check out the town of Imst. We enjoyed a leisurely stroll through along the river and through old town. We enjoyed the stunning Tyrol landscape which surrounds the town and quaint architecture.
Know Before You Go!
If you can, try to find a privately-owned guesthouse. These are much cheaper than their competitors, allowing you to spend more money on delicious eats and what not. We stayed at Gästehaus Hoffher for a fraction of the cost of what other hotels were asking. There was an added charge for wi-fi and refrigerator use, but we didn’t mind as we didn’t need those amenities. Breakfast wasn't included, but we thought: "who needs breakfast when you can treat yourself to a tyrol bäckerei"?! Funny thing was, in the morning, we had no luck. Bakeries are everywhere, until you want one and then you won't be able to find one...