Tiger & Turtle - Magic Mountain is a walkable sculpture now open in Duisburg, Germany. Photo by Heike Mutter and Ulrich Genth.

Maybe I’m just a big scaredy cat but the thought of getting on a rollercoaster – especially a rickety, old, wooden one or anything boasting a vertical loop – sends me into a cold sweat.

So it’s perhaps with people like me in mind that German designers have come up with a rollercoaster that is less “roller” and more “coaster”.

Meet the Tiger and Turtle – Magic Mountain, a massive sculpture of elaborately twisted steel that sits atop a former hill of mining waste in Duisburg, Germany. While it might look like your typical theme park ride, there are no tracks or cars here – only steps, and lots of them (249 to be exact). LED lights illuminate the winding path, so you can get your thrills day or night at a pace that supports getting your camera out for a snap of the view.

The only problem?

No one has quite figured out how to make it through the loop yet.


Photo by Heike Mutter and Ulrich Genth.


Photo by Werner Hannapel.