“Germany’s most surprising theme park and the home of two incredible Gerstlauer coasters”
Last minute decisions are often the best decisions. We spent the day at Heide Park yesterday, but we left quite disappointed. It’s a thrill destination, but the atmosphere used to be a lot nicer before Merlin started to run te park. That’s why we decided that we didn’t need a second day at Heide Park, even tough it was included in our package. Instead, Nick suggests to visit Hansa-Park. And I liked that idea… a lot.
Although it isn’t exactly close to Heide Park (the drive takes approximately 2 hours), there is a good reason for our trip: Der Schwur des Kärnan. This Gerstlauer Infinity Coaster is world-famous because of its bizarre layout, the lift hill, the crazy first descent and the unusual boarding procedure. And believe me… everything you heard about Kärnan is true. This is an insanely fast roller coaster with some very intense transitions. Just like most Gerstlauer creations, the ride isn’t 100% smooth. However, thanks to the restraint system (Kärnan uses regular lap bars instead of over-the-shoulder restraints) it’s actually tolerable. Unfortunately, Der Schwur des Kärnan had no theming at all during the opening year, but Hansa-Park promised that this will change over the following seasons. By the way: soundtrack lovers are spoilt with one of IMAscore’s best musical scores ever.
What’s better than one insane Gerstlauer coaster? Right: two insane Gerstlauer coasters! Hansa-Park is also home to Fluch Von Novgorod, which opened in 2009. This ride is at least as thrilling as Kärnan: it features a 100 km/h launch, an inline twist, a vertical lift hill and a beyond-vertical drop. The big difference with Kärnan is the fact that this ride’s decoration is already completed. Novgorod has a creepy, dark theme which perfectly matches with the coaster itself. I wouldn’t call it Disney level, but this is without a doubt one of the best themed German roller coasters. It would be pretty awesome if Kärnan received a similar treatment.
These two great Gerstlauer machines aren’t the only coasters at Hansa-Park. In fact, the park offers a total of seven coasters and these are all pretty nice. The assortment includes an old-fashioned looping coaster by Schwarzkopf, a Wild Mouse and a few family coasters with decent theming.
Apart from the coasters, Hansa-Park offers some excellent water attractions, lots of nicely decorated flat rides and there’s even a rope course in the centre of the park. Theming plays an important role in this park and that’s awesome. The different lands all look quite convincing and the ride selection has something for every age group. Besides, Hansa-Park is working hard to improve the overall park experience. The park is refurbishing areas and attractions year after year, so I’m very excited about the future of this park.
WORTH A VISIT?
Thanks to its extensive variety of rides, nice landscaping and a good atmosphere, I consider Hansa-Park as one of Europe’s finest family parks. The park has a rather Scandinavian flair and somehow reminds me of Djurs Sommerland. If you’re familiar with Djurs Somerland, you’ll definitely know that this is a huge compliment. So congratulations, Hansa-Park… you just received Glenn’s seal of approval.
Photo Gallery 2015
Do you agree that Hansa-Park looks like a Scandinavian amusement park? Do you think that Kärnan is one of the strangest looking roller coasters in the world? And would you like to ride this truly unique ride? Share your opinion in the comments section at the bottom of this page.