“Great rides and a unique German flair”
If you ever want a taste of the real Germany, there are several options. You could book a bed & breakfast in a quiet village on the countryside, you could attend the world-famous Oktoberfest in Munich or… you could go to Erlebnispark Tripsdrill. This is without any doubt the most German theme park you’ll ever find. It’s full of cute German houses, cheap animatronics, odd-looking rides and it even has a German wine museum. Sorry, did you say wine? Yes, absolutely: Tripsdrill is surrounded by vineyards and the park gives the opportunity to taste some of the region’s best wines. Unfortunately, the wine museum was closed during my most recent visit because of the coronavirus. The year 2020 brought two other good reasons to visit Tripsdrill, though. Thank you very much, Vekoma.
We’re definitely not the only coaster enthusiasts who planned a visit to Tripsdrill in 2020. And there was a good reason to put the park on this year’s agenda: Volldampf and Hals-über-Kopf. These intertwining Vekoma coasters have been built in a new area of the park and they’re stunning to look at. Admittedly… theming is still nonexistent. Tripsdrill has the habit of building its major rides in two stages. The park often opens a ride in the first year and then adds theming in the second year. I can perfectly understand this strategy from a financial point of view and the rides are awesome without decoration anyway. Especially Hals-über-Kopf is a fantastic roller coaster. This is Vekoma’s modern take on its Suspended Looping Coaster and it’s incredibly good. The ride is super smooth, they integrated some intense curves and the near misses with Volldampf are great. By the way: Volldampf is a Family Boomerang and it’s more than okay. I’m usually not that fond of Family Boomerangs, but it’s guaranteed to become a crowd pleaser in this family-oriented park.
The park’s other coasters are called Rasender Tausendfüßler (Zierer Tivoli Large), G’Sengte Sau (this was the first ever Bobsled Coaster built by Gerstlauer), Mammut (a medium-sized wooden coaster) and Karacho. Karacho was the park’s largest thrill until this year. It’s a Gerstlauer Infinity Coaster and believe it or not… I like it a lot. It’s smoother than most other Gerstlauer inversion coasters and it’s got a very surprising layout. Tripsdrill added a beautiful station building including… a vomiting audio-animatronic. Yes, you did read that right!
This park has an abundance of unusual rides and crazy theming ideas. They have a carousel themed to slippers, a waltzer themed to cake pans and a kiddie log flume themed to burlap sacks. The park’s two major water rides deserve some positive attention as well. The rapid river is themed to laundry and the log flume’s boats are shaped as bathtubs. This so-called Badewannenfahrt zum Jungbrunnen is themed to the fountain of eternal youth and it even traverses a bathhouse full of naked women. Log flume, the adults-only edition.
One of the park’s craziest rides is Donnerbalken. This free fall tower was themed to a tree house. It looks cute and it’s meant as a family-friendly attraction. Therefore, you’d expect it to be tame or even boring. However, I literally experience Donnerbalken as a major thrill. I don’t want to spoil everything, but you really shouldn’t miss this attraction. Tripsdrill at its best.
WORTH A VISIT?
Yes! Yes! YES! Tripsdrill is an amazing theme park that should be on everyone’s bucket list. That isn’t only due to the wine museum or Hals-über-Kopf’s coaster perfection. No, this park is just awesome in every possible way. They’ve got some great rides, theming is splendid and most staff are very friendly. If you have plenty of time, be sure to check out Tripsdrill’s Wildlife Park and definitely consider staying in one of the park’s tree houses. And no, I’m not talking about Donnerbalken.
Photo Gallery 2015 & 2020
Is Donnerbalken the most frightening free fall tower ever created? Does Hals-über-Kopf live up to the hype? And what’s the weirdest ride at the park? Share your opinion in the comments section at the bottom of this page.