The 10 best toboggan runs for sledding

Sledding is great fun for the whole family! But where is tobogganing the most fun? For toboggan fans and those who want to become one, Snowplaza has found the best, most beautiful, longest and highest toboggan runs in Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland. Most of these toboggan runs are also close to ski areas so that fun on the slopes can start during the day and toboggan and hut snacks in the evening. If you are still unsure on the sledge, you will also learn what you should consider when tobogganing in order to safely descend the mountain.

Davos-Klosters: Top toboggan run on the Schatzalp

Even Thomas Mann sled down the slope in Davos and immortalized his memories in his novel "The Magic Mountain". A nearly three-kilometer toboggan run leads from the Schatzalp through a wonderful mountain and forest backdrop to Davos-Platz. The Davos-Klosters ski area also has a lot to offer for skiers. More than 300 kilometers of slopes and ski routes are available for skiing.

Tobogganing in Davos Klosters (Photo: © Davos Klosters, Christian Egelmair)

Rottach-Egern: Longest toboggan run in Germany

With 825 meters of altitude and 6.5 kilometers in length, the toboggan run on Wallberg near Rottach-Egern is probably the longest in Germany. A fantastic panorama of Lake Tegernsee and the Alps quickly let you forget everyday stress. The Wallbergbahn takes you comfortably to the top. In addition to tobogganing action, there is also a great ski route on the Wallberg, which is only reserved for experienced off-piste skiers.

Bergün: sleigh rides in fairytale land

Less than 30 minutes away from glamorous St. Moritz is one of the most picturesque toboggan runs in Switzerland. From Preda you take the Rhaetian Railway via viaducts and a fantastic backdrop to the starting point of the Bergün toboggan run. If you want, you can go sledding until late at night on the 6 km long track. The route is illuminated until 11:30 p.m. The Engadin St. Moritz ski area has around 350 kilometers of slopes.

Rosskopf: The longest toboggan run in South Tyrol

At 10 kilometers, the Rosskopf toboggan run in Sterzing is not only the longest toboggan run in Italy, but also fully snow-covered and illuminated throughout. From 1,860 meters, it goes back through serpentines and 17 hairpin bends with a view of the picturesque city center of Italy’s northernmost city, almost 900 meters in altitude back into the valley. The Rosskopf-Sterzing ski area in the Wipptal is rather manageable with its 14 kilometers of slopes.

Stubai Valley: night tobogganing in the torchlight

The Elfer Panoramabahn opens up the 2,505 meter high Elferspitze. Two toboggan runs then lead back into the valley – the 8-kilometer Elferrodelbahn and the 8-kilometer Pinnisrodelbahn. A special experience is a night drive in the flickering light of kerosene lamps, which serve as a guide. A total of a dozen toboggan runs and four ski areas are available in the Stubai Valley.

Night tobogganing in the Stubai Valley (photo: © TVB Stubai Tirol, Andre Schoenherr)

Sesto Dolomites: tobogganing with the most beautiful scenery

One of the most beautiful natural experiences in the Alps awaits you on the Rotwand toboggan run in Sesto at 2,000 meters. The Sesto Dolomites tower all around with their jagged peaks far away from the 3,000-meter mark in the sky. The 5.5-kilometer toboggan run winds its way through the idyllic landscape. For skiers, the Alta Pusteria and the 3 Zinnen Dolomites offer around 100 kilometers of slopes.

Val Thorens: the highest toboggan run in the world

One of the highest toboggan runs is waiting in Val Thorens of the world. From the mountain station of the Péclet cable car at an altitude of around 3,000 meters, the toboggan run leads back to the village over 6 kilometers and 700 meters in altitude using the finest natural powder. The Val Thorens ski area in France, however, is much better suited for skiing and offers snow-sure skiing pleasure on around 600 kilometers of slopes.

Big Pintenfritz: The longest toboggan run in the Alps

With 15 kilometers and 1,600 meters of altitude, the Big Pintenfritz is the longest toboggan run in the Alps. If you want to fully enjoy the route, you have to take another two and a half hour walk from the First mountain station to the Faulhorn summit (2,681 m). The view of the Jungfrau Region ski area with more than 200 km of slopes, with the mountain giants Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, makes up for this.

Tobogganing in the Jungfrau Region (Photo: © Jungfrau Railways 2019)

Wildkogel: The longest illuminated toboggan run in the world

14 kilometers in length, 1,300 meters in altitude and fully illuminated – the Bramberg toboggan run in the Wildkogel-Arena ski area is one of the top routes in the toboggan scene. The gondola takes you comfortably to the Bramberg mountain station. Then a ride of around 40 minutes awaits at speeds of up to 50 km / h. There are more toboggan runs and more than 60 kilometers of slopes for skiing in the Wildkogel ski area.

Hirscheckblitz: The number 1 toboggan run in Germany

With a gradient of 14 to 22 percent, speeds of more than 50 km / h can be reached on the 2.3-kilometer toboggan run on Hochschwarzeck near Ramsau. Nevertheless, the toboggan run is well secured. Even toboggan legend Georg Hackl was involved in the route planning. In addition, more than 30 kilometers of slopes are available for skiing in the ski areas in Berchtesgadener Land.

Practical tips for sledding and sledding

Tobogganing is the archetype of all winter sports. And even today sledding has lost none of its charms. Everyone can get tobogganing and with a few simple tricks they can quickly become good at it. These are the most important tips for sledding >

  • Don’t overestimate, your foot is quickly cracked and your skiing holiday is over
  • Take a look at the 10 tobogganing recommendations of the Tyrolean Toboggan Association
  • Use a stable sled with flexible handlebars and steering rope
  • The tobogganing equipment also includes ski helmets, ski goggles and sturdy shoes
  • Before cornering, practice cornering and braking

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