This coming up spring, I'm going to Germany (Hannover) as an exchange student. Our schools planned it out so that we could be over there while both countries are on spring break. Therefore, the possibilities open for visiting some German parks...my question is: Which Ones? They all look great! :)
"Enjoy your record-breaking ride on Millennium Force"
Europa Park for Silver Star definitely. Have a fun time
Edit: I was looking on rcdb.com at Europa Park. IT is scary they have six coasters built by Mack GmbH & Co.
*** This post was edited by SFgadvMAN on 11/3/2002. ***
Ive heard some mixed reviews on Silver Star.. But for best park overall, I would definately choose Europa Park. It has incredible themeing, is beautiful and has some great rides! Although I cant deny that Expedition Geforce looks absolutely phenomenal at Holiday Park.....
Also Sean, the reason they have so many coasters built by Mack is because Mack owns the park! They often use their park to showcase new rides.
If you stay at Hanover, HEIDE PARK will be the nearest destination. Its just an hour by car/bus. COLOSSOS is definitely a much, much better experience than Silver Star. All in all Europa Park is the better park.
I don´t know how you will be able to travel. Europa Park is about a six/seven hour drive. If you are able to take your time and get some overnight stops, I would recommend to do a stop over in Cologne. Its about 3 hours from Hanover. The Cathedral in Cologne is definitely spectacular. PHANTASIALAND is located outside of the City. It features over-the-top-theming and some unique rides such as the indoor, duelling, spinning coasters with loads of tilting sections and sections of DROPPING TRACK! Theres as well a unique indoor bungee drop by Intamin (that shoots you up a dark shaft on the inside of the walls, before it accelerates to the bottom in pitchblack darkness. Theres as well a new rafting ride, with one of its kind features such as a 70 ft. elevator lift, steep drops and a freefall-element.
From there you could drive down south to Holiday Park. It should take about 2,5 hours. EGF is indeed a brilliant ride, but sadly the park has not too much else to offer, apart from germanies first Intamin drop tower, germanies first rapid river and (for trivia) the FIRST VEKOMA COASTER EVER (!) a corkscrew with additional helix.
Further south (about 90 mins. from Holiday Park) you´ll find Europa Park. Be prepared that this park can be CROWDED! As you said, you will be there during holidays (easter holidays?) the park will be filled to capcity because Switzerland and France are just around the corner. If you have time I would definitely spend two days at Europa Park. (Check the Internet for accomodation). And make sure to check the darkrides! I am NOT a big fan of darkrides, but the ghost train and the pirate boats are the closest you will get to Disney!
If you dont have the chance to travel so far, enjoy a trip to Heide Park and maybe a day trip to Hamburg. Its just around an hour north of Heide Park. Hamburg is one of germanies nicest cities and your chances are good that the huge spring fair is happening during your stay. Its got a fair amount of thrillrides and is just next to the world famous Reeperbahn (a must do by night).
Hannover, by the way is one of the most boring towns in germany. There is really not much happening there. Berlin is about three hours away from Hannover. You will definitely go there, but there are no parks nearby.
Enjoy your trip.
If you got more questions, don´t hesitate to ask.
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