Walkable Coaster Opens in Germany

Travel News — By christinegarvin on December 19, 2011 at 7:32 am

Though we used to love roller coasters as kids, we have to admit that as adults, our stomachs just can’t take them.

Thanks goodness a couple of German designers have crafted a walkable coaster.

Yes, it may be hard to believe, but you can now take a walk around the curves and loops of a full-fledged ride. Though, from the picture, we’re not quite sure how you get around the loop (see below).

At 69 feet high, this “sculpture” was developed by Heike Mutter and Ulrich Genth, and is located at Tiger and Turtle Magic Mountain in Duisburg, Germany. It also provides a fantastic view of the Rhine from above.

Image: Mutter/Genth

According to Mutter and Genth:

Visitors happen to briefly meet with oncoming visitors on the steep and about 1m wide corridors.

Good to know that at least you’re not alone.

Apparently, the handrails contain LED lights, so you can “ride” the coaster at night. This way you can also work off a day of eating cotton-candy and caramel-apples.

If you’d rather take a bike around a roller coaster, it’s time to hop onto a flight to Okayama, Japan, where they have a foot powered, very scary-looking ride. This may provide more thrills than being strapped into a regular coaster, and you can build up your calves at the same time.

We might just wait for the walking monorail first.




Tags: biking, Germany, Japan, Rhine, roller coasters, walking roller coaster

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