Kolbensattel Alpine Coaster
Kreislainenweg, 82487 Oberammergau, Germany
Get an Alpine Adrenaline RushZipping down the foothills of the German Alps in an alpine coaster, I screamed out of fear and fun. And my husband, Shawn, quickly learned a new German word: Bremsen (brakes)! Seeking an Alpine adrenaline rush in Oberammergau, a tiny town situated in Upper Bavaria, we’d come to the right place – the Kolbensattel Alpine Coaster, a summer luge course of sorts. Earlier that afternoon, a scenic walk from my parents’ home through the dollhouse-like village led us to the chair lift station at the foot of the Kolben Mountain. From there, we hopped onto a chair lift, riding high above Mother Nature’s carpet of ferns, evergreen trees, and slopes bearing grass and wildflowers. As the lift propelled us higher up the mountain, we could see the terra-cotta rooftops of Oberammergau, as well as the distinctive mountains that cradle the village. There was not a cloud in the robin’s-egg-blue-sky, and the landscape was saturated with vibrant color. Below our dangling feet, we glimpsed a preview of the day’s main event: the 2.6 km. (1.6 mile) alpine coaster course. Some riders whizzed by on the orange coasters with the determined look of a race car driver, while others let out yelps of excitement as they rushed through the track’s plethora of curves.