No Oktoberfest attraction attracts more viewers than the Toboggan. Each day, it challenges the balance of hundreds and amuses thousands who watch.
Apparently, Munichers have a special relationship to malicious pleasures. Like another classic Oktoberfest-amusement, the Teufelsrad, the Toboggan depends largely on the joy of the audience watching the clumsiness of the brave riders. In one word, you would describe the Toboggan as a slide, but that would only be half the story. After all, a major element is the conveyor belt, which is supposed to, let’s say “help” riders to climb the slide’s tower. Many had to learn painfully that this poses a remarkable challenge to balance and coordination.
Although, you use sliding mats on the Toboggan, its name is derived from the wooden sledges of the Algonquin, a native people of Ontario and Québec. The Toboggan type of ride was established around 1900 and became so popular, that there were three of them at the Oktoberfest by 1908. The only incarnation, which still exists today, was built in 1920 and has been part of Oktoberfest since 1933.