Tyrolean Alps was a massive nine-acre scaled reproduction of the alpine region in Germany. It was given a grand location and was the most expensive Pike attraction at the Fair (three-quarters of a million dollars). The formidable attraction included 21 buildings and gigantic naturally-painted mountains of staff.
Originated by Mr Adolphus Busch, the re-creation of Alpine scenery and village centered on a snow-capped mountain tram-car ride through alpine valleys. Riders passed real cattle and goats as they ascended the peak. The ride stopped at an Alpine village of cottages and a chapel cut into the rocks. Visitors could visit a reproduction of Mozart's birthplace, where needlework, hats and other souvenir could be purchased. Tyrolean dancers and musicians entertained the crowds. Groups of peasants garbed in native dress as well as chorus groups performed concerts.
Patrons could also attend a performance of the Oberammergau Passion Play and enjoy coffee, tea
and strudel at the cafe.
The Luchow-Faust Cafe had seating for 2,500 people and was catered by Tony Faust from St. Louis and August Luchow from New York City.
It was billed as the largest German restaurant in the world.
For an extra fee, the tram could continue up the mountain to a reproduction of the Royal Castle. An elevator carried visitors to the mountain top where they could view a waterfall tumbling onto a lake.
Adolphus Busch purchased the attraction with an idea of using it as a summer attraction for theatre, but this was never completed.
The admission price was: 25 cents adult admission
15 cents children admission
additional adult 10 cents for Magic Grotto
additional child 5 cents for Magic Grotto
additional adult 10 cents for Royal Castle
additional child 5 cents for Royal Castle
additional adult 25 cents for Passion Play
(extra 10 cents for reserved seat)
additional child 5 cents for Passion Play (extra 10 cents for reserved seat)
25 cents adult admission,
15 cents children admission for Rail Excursion.