Another long weekend coaster trip began with four of the most unapologetic credit whores in the business travelling to a fairly obscure park in south eastern Germany. Our combined coaster count was just shy of five thousand credits, and given that one might have expected that at least one of us would have been armed with a printed ride list from the database to ensure that we couldn't miss anything. Unfortunately we all failed in this regard, and due to an accident of park geography we ended up failing to ride (or see!) the Froschbahn. Oops.
Germany has more small freizeitparks per head of population than anywhere else in the world, and I've yet to visit one that hasn't impressed me. Bright colours and impeccable landscaping are the hallmarks of the genre, and thus it was here, with a park spanning a deep valley. Each side features an open tube alpine slide which takes full advantage of the terrain to thrill riders. Though the layouts are different the two attractions feel much the same, with the only obvious change being the cars; the one at the back of the park features high seat backs, while the one at the front has none at all.
The major coaster in the park is the Achterbahn (#1331), one of a few installations of a ride that is referred to variously as the Tivoli New or the Tivoli Max. The design is an oversized member of the common Tivoli range, albeit far less common than the usual three models. It is distinctive chiefly for its ridiculously long train which can seat forty people in two across carriages. While I only had the opportunity to ride once towards the back it was still obvious that the experience at the other end of the train would be quite different; the front car made it all the way to the bottom of the main drop before any noticeable acceleration took place.
The park is currently constructing an indoor arena for bad weather, and one of the attractions due to be installed is a Heege Freizeittechnik Butterfly. This will be in addition to the existing outdoor Butterfly (#1332), an oddity which will no doubt cause endless debates among the coaster counting fraternity. Rather than pour petrol on what is fundamentally a very silly debate I'll note that an indoor facility will be the icing on the cake for what is already a top notch family park. Highly recommended.