I admit I am not too well versed in city/states of Germany, where I need to be and when for the World Cup. My home base city will be Heidelberg, with matches in Gelsenkirchen, Kaiserslautern, and Nuremberg. Was hoping one of ya'll might be able to tell me if there were anything of interest to an enthusiast in the area of any of these places.
If you look at the most recent construction pics, you will see that its still a long way to go before the ride will snake through africa. Trackwork is long been done, but the surroundings area is far from being finished. I hope it will be open by suck.., er..soccer-time. They would be stupid if they won´t make it.
Specs on Black Mamba are not available apart from "hopefully awesome". Its a custom design, about the size of a Batman Clone with 4 1/2 inversions (the Immelman is not exactly inverting). Its going to be buried in the ground like no other Inverter before.
Now for your other locations: From Heidelberg its just 50 Kilometers to Holiday Park and from Nürnberg you will have easy access to Europa Park. (about 150 Kilometers)
So you have chosen your bases wisely.
If you don´t travel by car, check the website of the german railway www.bahn.de its very easy to use and it will even give you complete travel itineraries from door to park.
Good to know I've got more options as well. Looking at Google Earth, I'm definately going to try for Black Mamba, Silver Star looks attractive as well (Nitro-esque) but Europapark is the most out of the way, Holiday Park is so close to home base the Intamin Mega probably will not get passed up. Staying in Heidelberg (free place to stay) seems to be located fairly well for getting to those parks and also the US matches.
As much as I'd like to hit the Autobahn I find traveling by car an extra hassle, especially in a city will an easily accessible rail system. Thanks for the link
BTW.. was "suck... er" a shot at the name we use for football or at football itself? ;)
It is on tv 24/7. Total moron-millionaires (the players) pollute the airwaves and billboards and are treated as heroes.
And now with the world games its going to be all that only much much worse. Anyway: I love the expression "soccer mom". Its so spot on!
But there is hope: Birdflu has arrived in europe and the first voices are heard that the games could be cancelled if the situation would get out of control. Hurry up, birds! ;)
Was it easy for you to get tickets? For germans it is easier to get a greencard for the USA than getting (affordable) tickets.
Back to the parks: Holiday Park has not too much to offer apart from Ge Force. Its a small park with one good coaster.
Europapark on the other hand is a much better and larger park which takes at least two days to explore. It is usually packed and they don´t need your money as urgently as Holiday Park.
so if you still want to go after my rant ;) enjoy your trip.
As for tickets, in the past our federation's allotment has been able to meet demand but the increase in the sports' popularity here and the Cup being in Germany, a desirable place for Americans to travel, changed all of that. I got lucky but many others were not.
As for your rant, didn't come close to dissuading me, I've heard way worse from the anti-football crowd here in the USA. Wouldn't miss for the world the days of drinking, standing behind the net to sing, swear, harass the opponent and support my country with a few thousand of my closest friends at the world's biggest sporting event. ;)
But back again to coasters. Based only on the quality of coasters, not quantity, what do you suggest? *** Edited 2/27/2006 4:19:04 PM UTC by SnakeEyes***
I did just one park, Europa Park, and one fair in Munich.
I highly recommend Europa Park. It has a great selection of rides and some really unique coasters. Beautiful theming and atmosphere worthy of Disney (thats a serious compliment!). You can get there by train and a 10 minute bus ride.
Let me add another plug for www.bahn.de Its an excellent site that will make travel in Germany easy, even for an American like myself!
If you have any other questions about Europa Park or travel in Germany, I'd be happy to help!
If you're just looking at coasterage, I would say Holiday Park is a must do while Europa is a nice add on.
<- Never been to either
Silver Star - Europapark - Rust, near Freiburg in the SW corner
Expedition GeForce - Holiday Park - West of Heidelberg
Black Mamba - Phantasialand - near Cologne
Colossus - Heidepark - Soltau, northern Germany
(There are some more, smaller Schwarzkopfs and Vekoma loopers and SLCs as well as Mice of different sorts)
And there are 3 travelling coasters that are kind of interesting as well:
Eurostar - travelling invert
Alpina Bahn - non-inverting family Schwarzkopf
(Unfortunately I couldn't find any info on the web where they will be in 2006 http://www.oscar-bruch.de/start.html)
Olympia Looping - travelling 5-inversion Schwarzkopf Looper - this is doubtlessly the queen of travelling coasters globally (Eurostar is bigger, but Olympia Looping has a better ride :)
Where it will be installed in 2006 can be seen here:
Also, during the course of my stay Olympia Looping will be in Aschaffenburg, about 45 miles from Heidelberg.
I find it always a little ironic, we have a lot of the world heroes of coaster production around and in Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands, but the vast majority of the really interesting ones are all installed overseas... or in Japan...
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