On top of exploring Hamburg’s city attractions, you are curious to experience a German theme park? There are two popular amusement parks located relatively close to Hamburg: Heide Park Resort in the south or Hansa-Park directly at the Baltic Sea.
Heide Park Resort
Heide Park Resort is the biggest theme park in Northern Germany and features more than 50 attractions and shows. You can download a map of the park here and also click through an overview of the attractions. Highlights include:
Europe’s highest wooden roller coaster (currently closed for restoration)
|Colossos starts from a height of 60 meters. The pretty steep ride partly lifts you off your seat and evokes the impression to fly.|
Germany’s unique accelerator
|Desert Race accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in only 2,4 seconds – gotta love the take off!|
|Flug der Dämonen:
Germany’s first wing coaster
|Pressed on the flying demons’ wings, you will race through seven maneuvers with nothing above or below you. Very smooth and truly awesome!|
Germany’s first dive coaster
|The Krake lets you plummet 41 meters vertically into the claws of a kraken. It’s not for the faint-hearted…|
A hanging looping coaster
|Limit is a looping coaster where the seats are underneath the tracks. It puts you through a series of head-spinning loops and twists.|
One of Germany’s largest wild water rides
|Mountain Rafting moves you through a rock landscape and passes by raging waterfalls, racing currents, and swirling whirlpools. It’s always funny how everyone tries to not get wet. 😀|
|Swiss Bob Ride:
Feels like a real bob ride
|The Swiss Bob Ride catapults you in a tilted position through sharp bends and at full speed through long straights. Very popular among all ages.|
The following video gives you an exciting impression of a possible stay in the Heide Park Resort:
In 2017, Heide Park Resort opens daily at 9 am (ride attractions: 10 am) from April 8th to October 31st. Tickets can be bought directly at the entrance or prior to your visit online, where you receive a significant discount when you book them in advance.
Hansa-Park is Germany’s only theme park by the sea that offers a unique maritime atmosphere next to twelve theme worlds, plenty of ride attractions and lots of shows. You can download a map of the park here. Highlights include:
- Crazy Mine, a zig-zag mine cart trip
- Midgard Serpent, a family coaster
- Nessie, a roller coaster with a giant loop
- The Bell, unique flying and spinning fun
- Curse of Novgorod, a coaster placed inside a dark building, accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in 1,4 seconds and featuring the steepest drop in the dark of all roller coasters in the world:
In 2017, Hansa-Park opens daily at 9 am (ride attractions: 10 am) from April 7th to October 29th. Tickets can be bought directly at the entrance or in advance online (but: German booking process). Either way, prices are the same. The only advantage of an online ticket would be that you could skip eventual lines and walk straight in.
Recommendation: Heide Park Resort or Hansa-Park?
Hansa-Park offers loads of family fun opportunities especially when you are traveling with younger children. Heide Park Resort does also have attractions for all ages, but a greater variety of breathtaking coasters for older children and grown-up thrill seekers. Hansa-Park gets a bonus point for its location at the Baltic Sea because you can combine the trip with a visit at the beach. In both cases, if you have the choice I would recommend to go there between Monday and Friday, because on weekends and especially when the weather is fine both parks tend to be so well-attended that you need to wait relatively long in front of the popular attractions.
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