In antiquity sleds were almost invariably used for the transport of goods and raw materials, for example, in ancient Egypt at the building of the pyramids.
In the beginning of 19th Century, however, people came up with the idea that the sleds can also be used in a different way, for sledging.
Sledge became more and more popular among the young and old and nowadays it stands together with ice-skating and skiing in the list of the most popular winter activities.
The sledging has become so popular that it is not only possible in the winter, but also an increasing number of summer sledging tracks are created in Germany and Austria. These are, for example, on the island's mountain in the Thuringian Forest, the water peak in Rhoen, which is in Blomberg in Bad Tolz or in the monkey forest at Malchow.
Those who, however, specifically interested in sledging in winter, should refer exclusively to southern Germany or Austria, Styria and Salzburg.
Even the offering of the sleds has changed during the times, which means that they are constantly changed and their number enlarged.
While in the early era of the sport the wooden toboggan sled was mostly used. They were highly recommended for beginners, and in modern times it was substituted with a plastic sled, which is more suited for experienced sportsman, because they definitely achieve higher speeds and sometimes require a lot more experience and a whole new tracks.