Alpengeist is a Bolliger & Mabillard inverted roller coaster at Busch Gardens Williamsburg and has an Alpine mountain region theme. The name “Alpengeist” is German for “Ghost of the Alps” or “Alps Spirit” and the ride is themed to a runaway ski lift. Since it opened in 1997, Alpengeist has been the world’s tallest complete circuit inverted coaster.

Ride experience

Upon exiting the station, the floor drops beneath the riders feet and the train climbs the 195-foot-tall chain lift after hearing the send-off recording “Thank you and enjoy your avalanche of adventure on Alpengeist!” The train drops to the right down a 170-foot drop, going past The Land of The Dragons, hitting 67 miles per hour. Following the drop, the train rises through an Immelmann loop, followed by a 106-foot vertical loop. The train then races through a wooden tunnel, which until recent years, had cameras for an on-ride photo (it has since been removed due to the two inside seats not being clear in the photos).

This is followed by a cobra roll over the Rhine River, adjacent to the Loch Ness Monster and Griffon. The train goes around a gradually rising turn, then hits the midcourse brake run. Off the midcourse brakes, the train drops and goes through a zero g roll alongside the Le Scoot log flume. There is a short section of straight track close to ground level before the train goes through a corkscrew. After a counterclockwise helix, the train hits the final brake run and returns to the station.


  • Location North America / United States of America / Virginia
  • Status Operating
  • Classification Roller Coaster
  • Type Steel
  • Design Inverted
  • Make Bolliger & Mabillard
  • Speed 107,8
  • Height 59,4
  • Drop 51.8
  • Inversions 6
  • Length 1166.8
  • Duration 3:10
  • G-Force 3.7
  • Amusement Park Busch Gardens Williamsburg
  • Capacity 1820
  • Elements Chain Lift Hill, Cobra Roll, Corkscrew, Immelmann, Loop, Zero-G Roll