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Hello, I recently had a couple of weeks holiday from work, and went off around

Denmark and a bit of Germany (like you do). Just before that I had a day at my

local park, just to get me in the mood.

 

This is what went on then (its gonna be a LONG post);

 

(and apologies if you've seen this TR elsewhere, I'm non-exclusive and I thought TPR

could have a looksee too!)

 

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Summer is here, booked a couple of weeks off work and had totally failed to get

myself sufficiently organised / motivated to do anything "long haul" I found

myself sitting at home with the said 2 weeks stretching out in front of me...

 

So a quick trip to Alton Towers to get me in the mood, then I book some flights,

hotels, hire cars and hot foot it off to the continent.

 

Alton doesn't really count as the "trip", but I'll dump some pics here just to

get us going... (click through the pics to get to larger ones)

 

Day -3 : Tuesday 24th May

 

Nip down to Alton, spend the morning on the rides (needed to get the Th13teen

credit), and the afternoon with the camera.

 

So in no particular order;

 

Nemesis

 

Loop-de-loop

 

Ritablur

 

Towers Chapel

 

Staircase

 

Towers HDR

 

Don't Look Down

 

The Gardens at Alton

 

Corkscrew - Rust In Peace

 

Nemesis

 

AIr

 

Toadstool

 

Hex

 

Up on the Roof

 

Inside a Tower

 

XSector

 

Ruined

 

On The Edge

 

Obilviblur

 

EnterObilvion

 

Ghost of the Sea

 

He Made The Desert Smile

 

Note that picture quality will vary as to whether I have my proper camera with me

(as above, or when I'm not wandering around a park) or just my compact (as with most

of the parks to come)

 

 

Day 1 : Friday 27th May

 

Easyjet from Manchester to Copenhagen, train from airport to the city, turns out

I can actually see Tivoli from my hotel window (that was not exactly planned), so

seeing that Friday nights are meant to be popular at the place off I trot to see

why.

 

Nice place - like a lot of the places in Denmark it seems to have evolved from

somewhere that people just used to go to to chill out / picnic / have a meal into

something a but more organised. Most of the people there were just there to be

there (if that makes sense) and the rides and stuff was incidental to all that.

 

The people there were there for the restaurants, the beer, the evening concert

show thing (which was seemingly confused when the main band didn't turn up and

the support band got promoted to the 10pm headline slot)

 

Anyway, the rides;

 

I'd be happy to say I just didn't fancy this (I didn't!) but there was a stupid

long queue and a capacity of peeps every 5 minutes (only running one side) was

enough to put me off anyway! It looked bonkers though - I've read the reviews

but I'm still sure it would have messed my brain up!

 

Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen - Vertigo

 

Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen

 

Star Flyers should scare me, they do a bit still. Didn't help by it starting to

rain when I was up there!

 

Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen - Star Flyer

 

Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen

 

Really liked the old wooden "roller coaster" (great name).

 

Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen - Rutschebanen

 

And I thought that the mini-B&M floorless was good enough, impressively squeezed

into the park's limited space.

 

Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen - Daemonen

 

Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen - Daemonen

 

As it got dark, the place got all lit up nicely.

 

Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen

 

Day 2 : Saturday 28th May

 

No parks today - culture credit trip around Copenhagen!

 

Quite a pleasant city I thought. Mermaid statue is a real anti-climax (but I knew

this before I wandered up there).

 

Mermaid

 

Really liked the old Rundetårn in the city.

 

Rundetårn

 

Dumped myself in an Irish bar for the football match in the evening, loud cheers

when Barca scored (yay!), but in fairness much louder from the Irish expats when

Rooney equalised (boo). As an aside I saw a lot of Barca shirts around Denmark as a

whole - a fair few Utd and Liverpool ones as well, but mostly the kids were wearing

Barca.

 

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Day 3 : Sunday 29th May

 

Done Copenhagen then (nice), Barca having successfully negotiated the football

to my satisfaction, light hangover caused by the former fading away I hit the

train and head up the coast a little bit;

 

To here.

 

Aquarium

 

I've mentioned before that I do like aquariums so when I'm somewhere random I do

try to get the aquarium-credit as well as the coaster-credits.

 

Denmark's (National) Aquarium was not much cop to be honest though, pretty small, very old looking.

 

 

 

("They" are going to build a super new "Blue Planet" aquarium in

the next couple of years down near the airport so I guess no one cares much about

this old one anymore;

 

(New aquarium pic - not mine!;

)

 

However a still had a good couple of hours there, looking at all the pretty fishes

but there wasn't anything much spectacular to report on and I am still failing

to take any devent pictures in these places

 

 

These Stone Fish are great;

 

 

not so much if you tread on one though, that'll kill you.

 

 

Flat;

 

 

PIRANAH (and awful reflections in the glass )

 

 

You are not a fish!

 

 

The big show tanks, the highlight of the place;

 

 

(not so great then)

 

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The Aquarium is actually right by the coast,

 

 

so wandered down there and had some lunch in a cafe overlooking the sea and then

headed a little further up the coast to Bakken.

 

Quite liked the place, nothing spectacular though. Was pretty busy with the

Sunday afternoon family day trippers (fair enough) and was in a great location

bang in the middle of a forest (10 mins walk from the train).

 

 

I don't apprear to have taken many pics at this park, so you'll have

to do with these...

 

The very splashy log flume (which I passed on!)

 

 

New trains on Rutschebanen

 

 

I really liked their Rutschebanen (as well as Tivolis the other day). Thought the

automatic trains worked well (but I never experienced it with the brake man so

nothing to compare against really) but they were pretty comfortable, nice enough

restraints and if you didn't know there used to be a brakeman you wouldn't have

realised it was different.

 

Rutschebanen, Bakken

 

Racing, their Flitzer, I've ridden only one other of these (at Morey's a couple of

years ago) and wasn't wowed by either.

 

 

But this I really liked;

 

 

Was totally taken aback by the launch off the top of the lift hill and then you

are thrown around (and around) something rotten.

 

 

Great stuff, if a little short but you can hardly complain about that in a compact

park this size and this old!

 

 

The mine train was pretty good too (don't seem to have any pics of that) but it

did "go down" after my ride so I only got the one go on that - BOO.

 

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Day 4 : Monday 30th May

 

Initially I thought today was going to be somewhat of a logistically complicted

day. In the end it was pretty easy.

 

Logistical step #1

 

Get to Hertz in Copenhagen, get hire car, negotiate Copenhagen traffic in car

with driving wheel on wrong side AND gear stick in the wrong place (pretty

familiar with being on the wrong side of the car/road, don't think I had done

the manual gears before though?)

 

Car

 

Logistical step #2

 

Drive to here;

 

BonBon Land

 

Wasn't quite sure what to expect from this place, looked really "tacky" to me

but it was in fact really nice. They definately have gone somewhat overboard

with the fibreglass cartoon character type things, but the whole place is like

that so it works!

 

Dog!

 

For some reason I had it in my head that the spinning coaster was just your

standard (annoying) spinning mouse, so I was quite happy to discover this was

not the case and it was much better;

 

Hankatten

 

(and I've only just realised that this is a clone of the ride at SFDK that I did

last year - clearly I'm not paying enough attention to these things. Enjoyed

this one more then!)

 

Hankatten

 

You can probably tell from the lack of peeps in these pics that the place was

empty - one ride-op I was talking to said that it was the first operating Monday

of the season and that was why.

 

So with no queues to cope with it was all a pretty leisurely experience at the

park for me. Next up was what I though was going to be a standard Zierer Tivoli

which I'd done a few of, but it was a lot more custom than that with trenches

dug into a lake and stuff like that, pretty good indeed then.

 

Viktor Vandorm

 

Onto the original Euro-fighter then;

 

Vild-Svinet

 

A bit rough I guess, but good fun anyway.

 

Vild-Svinet

 

And the final coaster is the infamous dog-fart ride. Which is just a little

kiddy ride really (albeit with a somewhat low-brow theme!)

 

Hundeprutte-rutsjebanen

 

The place had a lot of other rides too, a pretty good rapids;

 

Beaver Rafting

 

(how can you resist a ride called that!)

 

This is the entrance to their "new for 2011" attraction which was a "5D" shooter

which just means that you are watching a 3D movie, sat on a little saddle thing

that moves around (+1D) and trying to shoot stuff in the movie (+1D). Was OK,

nothing earth shattering - but the ride-op very nicely (since I was the only one

on the ride) ran it with the English soundtrack instead of Danish (or at least I

assume he did that rather than it only having an English soundtrack!)

 

Hestorado

 

The ride is western themed and located in their cowboy town, which was really

living up to the ghost town theme today.

 

Ghost Town

 

Have I mentioned the gaudy characters everywhere?

 

Fibreglass stuff

 

Job lot of firbeglass somewhere;

 

Fibreglass stuff

 

Turtle themed wave swinger - great stuff!

 

Turtle wave swinger

 

And a giant albatross disk-o - you just can't make this up!

 

Albatossen

 

Wacky themed (giant fish!) pirate ship thingy;

 

Themed pirate ship

 

More fibreglass stuff

 

And they also have one of those monster Huss frisbees which ran a few times

that day;

 

Svend Singram

 

But not for me since when I tried after seeing it running, I sat there

talking to the ride-op for about 20 minutes waiting for more punters to turn up

(they will only run it with 10 passengers) and no-one came, so I went off for

some food instead.

 

Logistical step #3

 

Drive off the the end of the country onto a ferry.

 

Leaving Denmark

 

Logistical step #4

 

Negotiate stupid German traffic jams for a while and find silly little hotel in

the middle of noweheresville, Germany.

 

All logistical problems now sorted (with the exception of where to eat that night

which just ended up being some stuff I bought from the local supermarket!)

 

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It turned out that noweheresville, Germany was quite a pleasant seaside

area with a nice beach and stuff;

 

Haffkrug beach

 

So I entertain myself for a while wandering the beach, taking some snaps

 

Haffkrug Huts

 

and admiring the view...

 

Haffkrug/Hansa

 

Closer up on that view...

 

Hansa from a distance

 

Haffkrug Pier

 

(No prizes for working out where I am tomorrow then)

 

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Day 5 : Tuesday 31st May

 

So as expected I nip up the coast the couple of miles to Hansa Park.

 

Got there at park opening (9am) not realising they just open the park and don't

run anything 'till 10am - d'oh.

 

Hansa Park

 

(Like the fact all the maintenance workers were dressed as super Mario!)

 

REALLY liked the place - it was much bigger than I had imagined, although it does

seem to have a really well defined "park shape" and then suddenly there is this

expansion area creeping off seemingly at random in the adjacent field - quirky!

 

Headed up to the main ride first up then, past the scary queue line

 

Scared crow?

 

and off on the launched Eurofighter

 

Fluch von Novgorod

 

Which I really liked

 

Fluch von Novgorod

 

Enclosed lift hill is 2/3rds way round the ride and has lots of creepy stuff

going on inside

 

Fluch von Novgorod

 

Overview (from the sky tower)

 

Hansa Park, Fluch von Novgorod

 

So yeah, liked this - I hadn't really read up on it much apart from the general

impression that people thought it was good, so the way the elements worked

together all took me a bit by suprise and that was good!

 

The exit from the ride throws you out randomly in Mexico (very odd) next to this

ride (which the park seems to count as a coaster, when its clearly not, silly

people) but its fun anyway.

 

El Paso Express

 

A couple of the older coasters are at the front of the park, all entwined.

 

Nessie Superrollercoaster

 

I really liked the Nessie superrollercoaster (what!) which was a great old

Schwarzkopf that actually dives into the mouth of the monster it is named after;

 

Nessie Gets Eaten

 

(unlike Krake manages to do tomorrow!)

 

The other coaster in that lucky aerial shot above (lucky since both trains are in

shot) is Rasender Roland which I couldn't get out of my mind calling Roland Rat

all day in my head - it was a bit shaky to be honest but fun enough.

 

So off in the seemingly random expansion area is a bunch of other rides, pretty

worthy ones too. We have a spinny raft thing (which looked a lot better than this

years effort from Thorpe?)

 

Rio Dorado

 

and the bizarre (stupid low capacity) but fun Bell ride;

 

Die Glocke

 

A nice Star Flyer (getting used to these things now)

 

Star Flyer

 

and tucked in a corner a pretty highly themed wild mouse, I do prefer these things

to their spinning relatives and this one had a load of themey stuff going on

 

Crazy Mine

 

Also in this area is this years new ride "Die Schlange von Midgard" (Snake of

Midgard), which isn't much more than a kiddy coaster over a little lake;

 

Die Schlange von Midgard

 

which they had not finished fitting out yet (queue line was incomplete, gift shop

was still being built) and it appeared there was a tunnel to be built mid-ride

which wasn't there yet;

 

Die Schlange von Midgard

 

but if you think I'm being critical about all of that, entirely the opposite is

true - despite still working on the themeing the fact they had the ride open I

was well impressed with! Heres the train in close up;

 

New trains

 

So yeah, really liked the place, suprisingly large and really nice.

 

Nessie

 

After saying goodbye to Hansa, headed down the motorway for a bit, got stuck in

many traffic jams circumnavigating Hamburg in the pouring rain, but ended up at

the hotel for the next 2 nights at Heide Park.

 

Port Royal

 

Which was nice.

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Day 6 : Wednesday 1st June

 

Right then, deliberately planned to be a no-travel day so I could spend all day

in the park (last time I was here in 2006 I had left a bit earlier than I wanted

to in order to get somewhere else in the evening).

 

Anyway, same MO as Hansa; the park opens at 9am but they don't run the rides until

10am - except this time I realise that and wander into the park about 10to10 and

join the Krake queue (Krake being just about the first big thing you hit when

going into the park from the hotel).

 

Theres a fair few peeps ahead of me in the queue filling up the midway, but once

it starts testing and they open the queue proper its only 10 minutes or so until

I'm on.

 

About to Krake

 

Loading Krake

 

Quick second trip around and you can tell the queue is "light"

 

Krake Queue

 

They have a manned "bag storage" bit on the queue where you deposit your cr@p and

pick it up on the way out - nice, but you'd think Merlin would have got some pay-

lockers in on that deal pretty sharpish?

 

OK the ride; I liked it.

 

I've never really been an Oblivion fan-boy - its OK, one trick (its a good trick)

but after that good start... it just stops. I've been on Sheikra as well and that

was better, but felt a bit "lumbering" to me (if that makes sense) - Krake is

kinda halfway between the 2. The cars feel lighter, more agile than either

Oblivion or Sheikra (and they hold more than Oblivion).

 

So Krake does its "one big trick" too - great view from the front down into the

seas below (but not into the rather abandoned mouth of the Krake off to the side;

hmmmm) and then you drop, splash (only you don't see any of that splash on ride

until you hit the immelman and loop back over it when the water cloud is vanishing

away above you. Nice. Then you hit an airtime hill with plenty of airtime and

you are done. So short and sweet (much longer than Oblivion tho' ) but

really good. I approve.

 

(more pics later, only had the little camera with me in the morning)

 

Since my last visit Heide had very kindly built 3 new coasters, 1 down 2 to get.

 

Indy-Blitz

 

Nothing to write home about here, but is this whole (tiny) western section "new"

as well, I could not picture what was here before?

 

There was a huge queue for the last +1 for me Desert Race, so I went off to play

on one of my favourite coasters instead;

 

Colossos lift hill

 

Which had a 30 minute advertised wait - turned out to be a bit longer than that as

they only had 1 train running (which was starting to wind me up a bit) but then

added the second train and then the queue moved more swiftly (1 train opes were

the problem with Desert Race too, but they added the second train to that as well

about the same time... so why not start the day with 2 trains?)

 

Love this ride - sure I've taken this same picture before as well;

 

Colossos drop

 

Not so sure about the veracity of this though (its not just PBB that is liberal

with the interpretation of these things then!) - 6th steepest maybe?

 

ORLY?

 

Couple of goes on Colossos and the Desert Race queue moving much better now means

I can get my !Rita credit - not much to say about that ride, possibly a bit more

sensible a ride than Rita (which is just such an odd thing to have put into Alton

IMHO) but still a bit of a filler-ride to me.

 

Work my way around the rest of the park, skipped the SLC which inexplicably had

a large queue whilst Krake was about 10 minutes

 

Scream?

 

Drop tower is fun, their bobsleigh coaster is possibly one of the best of that

type, and you gotta think that Big Loop's days are numbered?

 

The Splash Battle is a bit rubbish too;

 

Not Splash Battle

 

(OK I don't actually come across the real Splash Battle until the end of the day!)

 

So half the day done, I nip back to the hotel and get the proper camera out for

some fun.

 

This is the entrance way from the hotel to the park (under a windmill)

 

Under the windmill

 

Krake's nicely done station building;

 

Krake (Station)

 

and Krake itself

 

Krake (4)

 

from various angles;

 

Krake (3)

 

and activities;

 

Krake (2)

 

from a distance (+zoom)

 

Krake, drop

 

this shot is probably the best though (and the first one I processed!)

 

Krake

 

Big Loop (corksrew bit thereof)

 

Big Loop

 

The big beauty that looms over the park in wide angle

 

Colossos wideangle

 

and closeup

 

Colossos drop

 

Colossos inbound

 

Airtime!

 

Colossos Hill

 

Heide is all around a big lake if you don't realise;

 

Heide Lake

 

Didn't ride these rapids (they didn;'t have an amusing name like BonBon Land's)

 

Rapids at Heide

 

Good timed shot with Krake and Big Loop both doing something (and there are 5

coasters in this shot)

 

Coaster Count

 

if only the bob had timed it right too, like in this one

 

Schweizer Bobbahn

 

Finish up with a few shots of the hotel, which wasn't a great hotel I though, it

was good but not as good as I expected.

 

The bar, where I may have spent a while in the evening - they did put on a show

and stuff so thats a good effort considering the hotel was quite quiet.

 

Bar

 

Port Royal

 

Stairway to

 

So really nice day I thought. Great park, couple of great rides, nicely chilled

out by the all-you-can-eat (and drink) buffet; ate some German bean sprouts (which

in hindsight may not have been the wisest move).

 

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Day 7 : Thursday 2nd June

 

So after yesterday's "no travel" day, today was a "just travel" day. Drove

up from Heide Park to Aalborg at the top of Denmark.

 

Odd place; I got to Aalborg mid afternoon, so thought I'd have a wander around

the town centre (hotel was just on the edge of the centre by the river) so

I wandered up - and it was shut. Seriously, everything was shut. Mid afternoon

on a weekday, shut. We used to have 1/2 day closing in the UK, but that went

many years ago and our shops are open as much as they can be, but no, not in

Aalborg it seems. Shut.

 

Turns out the day before (the 1st) was some sort of late-night opening in the

city, and today is in fact a national holiday of some religious significance

I was unaware of (40 days after Easter) - (but I've only just worked that out

3 weeks later!)

 

Anyway Aaloborg city was quite pleasant, few nice old buildings such as this

one from 1624;

 

Jens Bang's House

 

In keeping with the "shut" theme with Aalborg, their town centre amusement

park shut at the end of last season, but I have a wander around the outside

of it to seem what I can see; which amounts to not much more than a boomer's

lift hill. Quite sad.

 

--

 

The boomerang's lift is still standing...

 

 

but the rest of it is in bits on the floor;

 

 

Rather sad;

 

 

Bits of another coaster ("Looping" I guess);

 

 

NO WAY IN here;

 

 

 

Day 8 : Friday 3rd June

 

OK clearly I'm only in Aalborg so I can come here;

 

Fårup

 

What a nice day - nice park, nice weather, nice rides. Really nice.

 

Started out with a few trips on their nice launched Gerstlauer Lynet (Lightning)

which I really liked. (Nice touch with a construction video going on in the

queue line, staifying the geeky enthusiast interest while you wait!)

 

Heres the station;

 

Lynet Station

 

and heres the ride;

 

Lynet

 

Lynet, looping

 

Lynet

 

Lynet

 

Lynet launching

 

Good ride then, very similar to the eurofighters, but the train is smaller and

more comfortable I think.

 

The other coasters here are a nice (but unspectacular) wooden one that appeared

to have been built to celebrate the park's 50th anniversary (which must have

worked since a couple of years later they can put in Lynet - well done you!)

 

Falken way in

 

Falken Hill

 

(not may great places to photograph it from though)

 

Falken

 

They also have one of the ubiquitous spinning wild mice (of which more later)

 

Bat?

 

Which appears to be called "Bat" (Danish "Flagermusen"),

 

Flying Mouse

 

and their oldest (1992) coaster is a junior Vekoma minetrain deep in the trees,

which I seem to have failed to take any pics of. Nevermind.

 

The park itself is really nice (I think I mentioned that before), set amongst

lots of trees and its very pretty.

 

Boats

 

Falken

 

Pretty popular too, loads of folks out with their picnics;

 

People at Fårup

 

but the place did seem to have something of a trampoline obsession! Every spare

bit of space seemed to have a trampoline dumped it in, health&safety nightmare!

 

Trampolineworld

 

On a Fårup train

 

Fårup Swinger

 

Fårup Splash

 

So after my very nice time at the nice Farup, I say goodbye to Lynet (from the

car park) and head south again.

 

Lynet

 

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A little later then (and a bit further south).

 

Check into my hotel in downtown Århus and take the 25 or so minutes stroll out

of town to the local park, where lives Tivoli Friheden.

 

Tivoli Friheden

 

Home of one of those SCAD towers

 

Sky Tower

 

(which I did not ride, I blame a long queue, but I might well not have even if

it was walk on)

 

Sky Tower

 

They made the punters wear all manner of protection (to save breaking peoples

back I assume?)

 

Sky Tower Safety Gear

 

New for this season was a fairly standard big wheel, from where I ca take a few

snaps

 

Orkanens Øje

 

All the rides are enclosed in these HUGE sound shields, to protact the locals

from the sounds of people enjoying themselves no doubt. Perhaps Alton could

invest in some?

 

Eye of the Hurricane

 

The main coaster is Cobra, a Sartori invert which has got to be a first for me.

 

This is a panoramic shot (3 shots stiched together)

 

Cobra at Tivoli Friheden

 

Really slow ops, >3 minutes to cycle a train meant and the busy Friday night

crowd meant that it was something like 40 minutes queue for this - not great

then

 

Cobra (Drop)

 

Cobra (Roll)

 

Unspectacular ride, not as painful as I anticipated but not very elegant

 

Nicely done trains though.

 

Cobra Flypast

 

Next door to this is ANOTHER (thats 2 for the day) annoying spinning mouse,

 

Tyfonen

 

this time its a Zamperla rather than Farup's Reverchon. Not that that makes it

any better of course.

 

Tyfonen

 

Much better is the old Pinfari looper Orkanens Øje seen in the shots from the

wheel above. At least this had some character about it.

 

There is also a kiddie credit. I may have been on this, but you can't prove

that.

 

Dragen

 

And a big evil looking spin and puke job (which I passed on!)

 

Pegasus

 

The park was really busy, mainly for a concert going on (much like Tivoli in

Copenhagen the week before), but that made for a nice enough atmosphere to

chill out with a few beers and some food.

 

Busy day then (nice though, although far too many spinning mice)

 

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Day 9 : Saturday 4th June

 

After yesterdays Sommerland fun, its off to the other one near Aarhus. That is

Djurs Sommerland about 30 minutes drive away.

 

Get there bang on opening and I'm not ashamed to say I was quite excited about

the first ride of the day and I positvely rushed to get onto this thing straight

away.

 

Piraten

 

And its very good indeed - we'll come back to this later I think!

 

In the same area as the splendid Piraten is this year's new ride "Skatteøen"

(Treasure Island). This is a Mack water coaster, so like Poseidon at Europa

Park. Djurs advertise the ride as "europas-stoerste-water-coaster" which

translates as "largest" - I guess it depends on how you interpret largest, sure

this one is higher than Poseidon, but only half as long? Hmmm.

 

Anyway, being new and it being a rather warm Saturday, this has a bit of a queue

to it, so I take a few pics as I wait in line;

 

Skatteøen Boat

 

Skatteøen

 

They have done a really good job on the themeing all full of pirate boats and

giant skulls and the like

 

Skatteøen Boats

 

Skatteøen Skull

 

And it gives off a lovely big splash

 

Skatteøen from the queue

 

And despite the busy queue, it moves pretty rapidly, really good ops keeping the

line moving and they were consistanly dispatching so that one boat was hitting

the lift hill as the previous one just drops into the splash. Well done them.

 

The ride itself is good too, not as long (large) as Poseidon which it closely

resembles, this one just drops down after the lift hill in a big circle then

back up before the final drop into the splash zone. Short and sweet then, but

pretty effective. Don't get much wet on the splash which does soak the

bystanders though.

 

Skatteøen (Splash)

 

Right then, what else does this park hold... turns out it has a rather splendid

mouse-like Gerstlauer bobsled (another type new to me). So off to Thor's Hammer I

go with its rather ropey themeing (not ropey/bad, ropey/cheesy perhaps)?

 

Thor looks rather hammered to me?

 

Thor is hammered

 

Hmmmm

 

Scraggy goat!

 

so I wasn't sure what to expect from this, but it was really good.

 

Thors Hammer

 

Thors Hammer

 

Thors Hammer

 

So thats 3 good coasters in the place then. Great stuff!

 

I wander around the rest of the park for a while, and its all really nice too.

Lots of greenery, nice healthy trampoline obsession too (not quite as many as

at Farup, but still...)

 

I get to their topple tower "Ornen" and watch that for a while, never seen one

of these before so its a novelty.

 

Ornen

 

Looks fun?

 

Ornen

 

Wierd sensation riding it, rather like you are continually falling backwards as

it spins around and rocks back and forth. Quite cool then.

 

Added wetness - and they do move the ride into the fountains, didn't catch it

on camera but they soaked the next cycle.

 

Topple Tower Wet

 

Next to the topple tower was the flume, but didn't ride that (silly queue)

 

Splash

 

Had some lunch and eventually found myself in the wild-west area where they have

a wave swinger. I like wave swingers and usually have a go, but as I watch this

one it does 2 things I have never seen on a wave swinger... first up it has a

bunch of fountains that they use to soak the riders (and they do get soaked),

then it stops and cycles in reverse. I brave the soaking just for the sake of

the reverse experience and I don't think I've laughed as much on one of these

before!

 

Wet Wave Swinger

 

Their rapids ride had been down all day, but I notice it had just opened, so I

have a quick bash on that (and it must have literally only just opened since I

walked straight through the queue yet as I exit the queue line is completly full;

good timing there!)

 

OK so I've "done" the park (didn't lower myself to te kiddie coaster this time)

so I re-ride Skatteøen which prompty breaks down as my boat finishes the circuit.

 

Skatteøen broken

 

So after sitting on the exit ramp for a while, they evac the boats and I can

escape from this treasure island!

 

Skatteøen evac

 

Onto serious business now and I just reride Praten again and again for a while.

Interesting this too breaks down a couple of times so sometimes I have to wait

while they fix it (never quite sure what was broken but they had to manually

release people from a train a couple of times), otherwise its just a 5 minute

queue between rides. Nice. Very nice in fact.

 

Probably longest queue for it I saw, even this is only 10 minutes with no break

downs.

 

Piraten lift

 

Take a final shot up its lift hill after my last ride;

 

View up Piraten lift

 

and then I spend a while taking some pics of the nice toys.

 

Piraten Skulls

 

Piraten drop

 

Skatteøen

 

Skatteøen dropping

 

Skatteøen about to hit the water

 

Skatteøen (Splash closeup)

 

I leave you with a nice image of the rather brilliant pirate ride then.

 

Piraten

 

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Day 9 : Sunday 5th June

 

Ok all coasters done now (but confusingly one more "theme park" to come).

 

I had decided that I liked Arhus quite a lot so I'd spend my last full day

in the city and have a looksee around.

 

Thats where I was staying...

 

Arhus, hotel

 

And next door was the rather pash town hall place...

 

Arhus

 

There were a couple of things I fancied seeing in the city, so off I went first

to the modern art museum place;

 

ARoS

 

ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum http://www.aros.dk/

 

Which I rather enjoyed. I do like a bit of modern art, and this place had rather

a lot of the stuff since it was pretty big.

 

ARoS Inside

 

I particularily liked the "Get Lost" exhibition of Fredrik Raddum's stuff

 

Neon

 

Bag Head Boy

 

Bag Head Boy

 

http://www.fredrikraddum.no/

 

The museum has a couple of 'signature exhibits', firstly this Boy by Ron Mueck

(which wikipedia tells me was originally exhibited at the Millenium Dome)

 

Boy

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Mueck

 

and up on the roof of the place is a panoramic walkway that gives you views out

over the city all through various filtered coloured glass. Plays havoc with the

cameras white balance though!

 

Your Rainbow Panorama (Purple/Red)

 

Tried a bit of HDR in there, ughhhhh

 

Your Rainbow Panorama (Yellow/Green)

 

But panoramas worked;

 

Your Rainbow Panorama

 

Inside Your Rainbow Panorama Panorama

 

Its called Your Rainbow Panaorama and its by Olafur Eliasson.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olafur_Eliasson

http://www.olafureliasson.net/

 

So I really liked ARoS - good work Arhus.

 

ARoS

 

 

Right then, this other "theme park" to which I referred earlier is called

Den Gamle By (The Old Town) and is a bit of one of the local park's set aside to

house all these (genuine) olde-worlde Deanish builings. The place itself is 100

odd years old (and some of the buildings a few hundred more) - they regularily

move buildings from all over Denmark to here to retain that history. Cool!

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Den_Gamle_By

 

Anyway was a pleasant place to stroll around for a few hours looking at the

various buildings and failing to understans anything that the costumed characters

that populated the place were going on about.

 

Den Gamle By (1 of 9)

 

Den Gamle By (2 of 9)

 

Den Gamle By (3 of 9)

 

Den Gamle By (4 of 9)

 

Den Gamle By (5 of 9)

 

Den Gamle By (6 of 9)

 

Den Gamle By (7 of 9)

 

Den Gamle By (8 of 9)

 

Den Gamle By (9 of 9)

 

 

Day 10 : Monday 6th June

 

Nothing to see here. Drive back from Arhus to Copenhagen airport via the rather

spectacular Storebælt bridge (http://www.storebaelt.dk/english) with its rather

spectacularly steep toll charge 220 DKK = £26 ; ouch!

 

(Clearly since I was driving I don't have any pictures of this and when I stopped

on the far side there was not anywhere I could immediately see to get a good view

of the thing)

 

So thats it. Denmark (and a bit of Germany) done.

 

Back to the daily grind for a while.

 

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^^ most of the Alton pics are HDR (thru Photomatix), basically if a pic looks processed it'll be HDR! And I love my wide angle lens.

 

^ Main camera is a Canon450D, pocket camera is an old OlympusC70 Zoom. Some of the processed HDR shots are from the Olympus, the main ones are from the Canon.

 

(The only park pics from the Canon are @Alton and @Heide, rest are from the Olympus)

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Great Photo TR!

 

On Colossos = I've never seen them using the second train. I've never been to Heide-Park during the holidays - but my friends also have only seen one train running.

 

On Topple Tower = I'd love to ride on of that soon....

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Hey, great photos! Both with the proper camera and the other one

 

I'm not gonna lie, the first few pictures distinctly reminded me of the watermark thread....THANK YOU for not adding watermarks to your pictures!!!!!

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