The summer season in Germany's theme parks is here, and a whole host of new attractions are waiting to be discovered.
Many of Germany's theme parks have been busy over the winter months creating new themed areas and rides. So if you're in the mood for some serious fun, grab the family and get ready for an adventure. Germany's largest theme park, Europa-Park in the south-west of the country near the border with France, has refurbished its legendary rollercoaster, Eurosat, where you enjoy the ride in complete darkness inside a 45 metre high dome. From summer 2018 onwards, Eurosat Coastiality promises a mesmerising virtual reality experience, and in the English-themed area Paddington is already welcoming younger visitors – the famous bear is the main character in an ice-skating show.
At Legoland in Bavaria, the first virtual reality rollercoaster, The Great Lego Race, opened in 2018, and the MINILAND model display has a new feature that will have Star Wars fans jumping for joy – a themed area based on the film 'The Force Awakens'.
Flying flotsam and a real wild ride
The major new draw at Hansa-Park near the city of Lübeck, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is the Barcos del Mar. It features gondolas made of flotsam and jetsam that are spun round and around and can be lifted up and down mid-ride by the occupants. Several new shows also had their first performance at the start of the season on 29 March.
The Tailor of Ulm a pioneering German aviator, was the inspiration behind the newest visitor attraction at Tripsdrill Adventure Park in Cleebronn near Heilbronn. At the beginning of the 19th century, he built a flying machine with which he crashed into the river Danube. The Höhenflug ride based on his exploits was officially opened last year, and the entire themed area, built in the style of the old quarter of Ulm, was completed in time for the start of the season on 24 March. The Höhenflug offers you the chance to customise your ride as the individual pods can be spun on their axis at heights of up to 20 metres. Click here to discover more theme parks.