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Something about walking into Liseberg feels truly magical. Of all the parks on the trip, this is the one that I legitimately can't WAIT to visit again. To me, it kind of feels like the (urban) Silver Dollar City of Europe. What it lacks in quantity, it absolutely makes up for in quality. It's collection of rides is definitely world-class.

With that being said, Helix did leave me disappointed. While the layout and setting are spectacular, the train rattled and vibrated like crazy on every one of my 6-8 rides. Also, the lapbar tightens to an uncomfortable point throughout the ride. However, like you said, this was clearly rough day maintenance-wise for Helix, so I look forward to giving it another chance. I still have it ranked 36/<500, so clearly still a great coaster.

And while Valkyria may be a middle-of-the-road B&M with annoying vest restraints, it sure does look pretty. And when you pull out on the vests and utilize The MethodTM, the drop into the mist-and-laser-filled-tunnel is pretty freakin sweet. 😜

Loki is insane and was one of the biggest unexpected surprises of the trip. My Intamin fanboy-ism may be showing, but putting (basically) lapbar-only restraints on a giant frisbee was ingenious and every swing made me feel like I was going to die. Amazing.

Also the Jukebox-Octopus-flat ride was awesome, the haunted house was scary as f#@k, and I'm glad Caroline was unhappy riding the kiddie coaster cuz it's what she gets for being the reason I didn't get to ride AtmosFear. 😏

Okay, I'm done now.

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More pics! Continuing with a loop through the park to check out some of the various flat rides. I mentioned in the TR that Dragon Wrestling Tournament was no longer. That's a shame.

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I did not know about the hill across the highway. Even though all I brought camera-wise was my phone, I would've liked to see that--if for no other reason than just to get a bit more of the flavor of the area. Then again, I'm not sure where the time or energy for me to do that would've come from, as the heat and lack of sleep from the previous day really kicked my butt that day.

I'm just not sure about Liseberg. Certainly, there's a lot to like. But a lot of its attractions didn't really hit for me--or maybe nothing was ever going to work for me that particular day. Tough to say. Guess I need to go back!

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On 2/24/2021 at 8:29 PM, DBru said:

With that being said, Helix did leave me disappointed. While the layout and setting are spectacular, the train rattled and vibrated like crazy on every one of my 6-8 rides. Also, the lapbar tightens to an uncomfortable point throughout the ride. However, like you said, this was clearly rough day maintenance-wise for Helix, so I look forward to giving it another chance. I still have it ranked 36/<500, so clearly still a great coaster.

...I'm glad Caroline was unhappy riding the kiddie coaster cuz it's what she gets for being the reason I didn't get to ride AtmosFear. 😏

Re: Helix -- Yeah, absolutely give this thing another chance sometime. I was really surprised about the rattling, since I've never gotten that on a Mack before. Helix is still my favorite coaster at the park, but no doubt Balder was having a better day.

Re: Caroline -- Holy crap them are fightin' words. @rubysparkles , what do you have to say for yourself??? :classic_tongue::classic_tongue:

23 hours ago, Electerik said:

I did not know about the hill across the highway. Even though all I brought camera-wise was my phone, I would've liked to see that--if for no other reason than just to get a bit more of the flavor of the area. Then again, I'm not sure where the time or energy for me to do that would've come from, as the heat and lack of sleep from the previous day really kicked my butt that day.

I'm just not sure about Liseberg. Certainly, there's a lot to like. But a lot of its attractions didn't really hit for me--or maybe nothing was ever going to work for me that particular day. Tough to say. Guess I need to go back!

You did get to the Universeum, though, which (from your TR) looked pretty cool. Literally since it was indoors on a hot day.

If you liked that one hill, wait until the next TR update: there will be more hills  8-)

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This next TR segment is basically three mini-reports combined into one. The first bit is from the 2019 trip, and the rest is a look back to my 2016 visit to Gothenburg. That should finish everything up from the west side of Sweden.

Friday, July 26, 2019
Day 15 Continued: Liseberg Backstage

Liseberg is a place of class, magnificence, and history. But one tradition stands above all the rest: scribbling your signature on the wooden supports of Balder.

Following that essential event, Pontus Hallsberg took a few of us on a backstage tour of three of the park's coasters: Balder, Valkyira, and Lisebergbanan.

This is some fun stuff I didn't have space for in the last TR, but it might have been the best parts of the day!

So, let's get it started with Balder.

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We'll begin at the recently re-designed entrance to Balder.

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Through a gate, we headed into the ride's infield turnaround.

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Some nice views of Balder in action from the inside.

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This is what we came for -- to add our names to those who have signed before us.

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Pontus explains the tradition...

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...and behold, the marker of doom!

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So we all split up and found some wood.

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Meanwhile, Balder kept on rumbling above us.

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I have done my part.

So did the rest of the group, with a selection of their signatures shared here.

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Daniel wants it in a box!

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David!

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Ryan is the first of us who was smart enough to put the full date!

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Barry!

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Brad points it out.

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AJ (who is actually one of our many Andrews) has added his name.

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John!! :)

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Caroline!

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Signatures from years past -- Elissa in 2014, and perhaps also 2011?

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KT loves ocean sunfish.

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Oh, this one might be my favorite. ;)

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The backstage tour started in the ride op booth at Balder. We got a nice view from behind the glass of their very quick operations.

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Control panel shot!

I never worked at a theme park (or even wanted to) but I bet this will interest one or two people who have.

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A view of the blue train out the window.

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The red train takes off.

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Can't do a backstage tour without getting a ride! Pontus and Robb look ready for some airtime. I jumped on the next cycle.

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What lies beyond this gate?

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The entrance to a haunt, for one.

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They even themed the escape route map. I love it!

What else is behind the gate?

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The old Lisebergbanan trains!

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Fare thee well, old trains.

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Meanwhile, Valkyria cycles overhead.

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Some views from the Valkyria infield you can't normally get.

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Hey, you're upside down.

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Valkyria was also pumping out the trains, which made it easy to try some different photo angles.

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I like this view because you can see every row on the vehicle.

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Dropping down.

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Curving around.

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Hairtime is the best.

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An infinite spiral.

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Overbanked.

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Running out of caption ideas, but yeah, this is a great place to watch Valkyria from.

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Always some fun rider reactions, too.

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There's a decent view of the top of Balder's lift from over here, too.

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Balder takes a dive.

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From there, we headed into Valkyria's maintenance bay.

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If I wasn't writing this TR almost two years after the visit, I'd probably remember what more of this stuff is.

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We got a winch thing on the ceiling!

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A place to put the trains.

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You'll always need wheels.

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You also need tools.

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Wrenches of exceptional size.

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They didn't invent the wheel -- they just diagrammed it.

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More dummies than your average TPR trip.

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Very important!

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Also important: the sword of Valkyria.

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A strange view up at the station.

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A view from the loading platform.

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A rather steep lift hill.

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The anticipation is building.

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Checking in from the Valkyria control booth.

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A careful eye before the dispatch.

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End result: happy people.

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Across the way, there's Helix and some other stuff.

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We'll head over there and through Lisebergbanan's vacant extended queue.

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Way up the hill -- Helix and Uppswinget.

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A speedy Lisebergbanan passes.

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I spy a clearance envelope!

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There are some interesting views of Helix from way back here.

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Thankfully, Helix was behaving enough that we got a few pictures.

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Up and down the hills.

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This is some pretty good airtime.

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Helix only has two real airtime hills, but they're both quite strong.

But this isn't a backstage tour of Helix, so...

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...here's the Lisebergbanan maintenance bay.

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Under-the-track shot.

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More wrenches!

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I have no idea what this is, but it looks interesting.

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Another shot of the maintenance track.

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Pretty cool to get to see parts of a theme park you don't normally get to see.

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In case someone needs a hose-down.

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Orange wheels.

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Blue wheels.

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Varied wheels.

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Shiny silver wheels.

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Some stats for those of you who enjoy stats. And also know Swedish.

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Ah, yes -- the Zierer / Schwarzkopf combination.

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A map of the ride!

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And a view of the park from the way up to the control booth.

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One random shot of Balder from way over here, just because.

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Behind the glass at Lisebergbanan.

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They're collecting some awards.

And cats.

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Balder and Valkyria were cycling quickly, but Lisebergbanan moves even faster.

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So many buttons, so little time.

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More buttons and lights.

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This is my favorite part of the control panel.

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It's a light-up schematic of the progress of the trains on the circuit.

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With that, we'll depart Liseberg C on one of the ride's new trains, bringing an end to the backstage tour.

One more round of applause for Pontus for everything!

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Monday, July 4, 2016
Liseberg: The Kanonen Era

Jumping back in time a few years...

Liseberg was the last park I visited on my first European trip in 2016. It wasn't officially a part of the TPR trip, which ended in Stockholm, but several people made the journey over to Gothenburg after the trip had ended. A few went on Sunday the 3rd, but I went on the 4th, meeting up with Joe S for some late-night rides on Helix to close out the park.

As I mentioned in the main TR for the 2019 visit, the park's two premier coasters were running quite differently on both of my visits. While Balder was kind of slow in 2016, it was much more fun in 2019. And while Helix was having a bad day in 2019, it was running like dynamite in 2016, quickly becoming one of my very favorite coasters.

This isn't a full TR of my 2016 visit, but I wanted to share some pictures of things I didn't really cover before. That includes more views of Helix, which wasn't running consistently enough for me to get very many pictures in 2019. Oh, and there's the whole Kanonen angle, too -- the moved-to-Iowa Intamin launcher that was replaced by Valkyria.

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Liseberg! It's shiny!

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AtmosFear ran for more than one cycle in 2016. And it was good!

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AeroSpin in action -- a ride I failed to photograph in 2019.

I did ride it on both trips, and was quite dizzy when I was done.

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I did not ride the big wheel in 2019, but I did in 2016, so here are a few pictures from up high. This one is looking roughly north toward central Gothenburg, with the Lorensberg district in the foreground.

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Liseberg's main entrance.

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A view of the park, through slightly-difficult glass.

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Oh, Kanonen isn't the only ride that was removed between 2016 and 2019. Say a fond goodbye to Sagoslottet, the park's old fairy tale castle dark ride.

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Sagoslottet had some Peter Pan-esque ride vehicles.

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The pot-bellied emperor with no clothes is pretty much all anyone remembers from this ride, so that's all I'm gonna post of it.

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Here's the Lisebergbanan station pre-renovation.

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I never made it over to the far eastern section of the park in 2019, but there are some cool buildings, and one very nice boat.

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There's also a dance hall!

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Oh, and a departed Intamin launcher. Hello, Kanonen.

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Am I going to be drawn and quartered if I say that I liked Kanonen, but didn't love Kanonen?

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It's a really fun ride, it's just rather short as far as Intamin launchers go.

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With that said, it'll surely be the best roller coaster in Iowa!

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Airtime on the top hat!

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A Kanonen inversion, with a nice background of Balder supports.

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In 2019, I got to see the musician Hurula perform at Liseberg's main stage.

In 2016, they were doing their normal Monday evening show Lotta på Liseberg -- starring Swedish entertainer Lotta Engberg.

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That's Lotta on the microphone in the middle. This was from the afternoon rehearsal.

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Liseberg's rapids ride is called Kållerado.

I found that it was making rainbows.

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It's very colorful.

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Some views from the top of the hill -- here's Lisebergbanan with the old trains, and Balder running behind.

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Balder and Kanonen, together once upon a time.

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A Kanonen loop, and Balder sneaks in.

This view is very, very different now.

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As promised, some Helix photos, since I had so few in the 2019 TR.

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Helix drops out of the station. You'll get some air if you're near the back of the train.

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A view from below of Helix's first drop.

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The Gothia Towers make a nice backdrop for Helix.

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Another example of the same. It's almost free advertising.

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So much excitement and upside-down-ness.

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Reactions on the launch track.

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Soarin' over Gothenburg.

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Another view from the top of the hill.

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Say hi to Lotta!

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So many inversions, and I can't remember which one this is.

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Flipping back around.

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Diving into the next element.

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Airtime on the return leg.

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With the right lighting, you can make a ton out of the scenery from the top of the Liseberg hill.

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Dramatic cloud picture!

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Going up?

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Over the highway.

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Train #2 gives me a near-perfect shot of an awesome ride.

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It should be obvious from several of these pictures, but, it was kind of a chilly day in 2016.

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Spiraling into the brake run.

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Well, that's a reaction.

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Almost had a Fabio moment here.

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Hitting the brakes at the end of the ride.

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Lisabanana makes an appearance over there.

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Great view of the wheel from the Helix brake run!

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Didn't post much from Mechanica last time so here's the ride sign.

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This is a strange-looking ride.

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It's also a strange-looking ride experience.

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Balder: 2016 edition.

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Lots of hairtime on those first couple hills, even in the cooler weather in 2016.

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Blue train!

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Red train!

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It took me a very long time to get this picture but it was worth it because now it's impossible to ever get again.

Balder and Kanonen, at their highest points.

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That evening, Lotta på Liseberg drew a packed house.

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That's a lot of daisies.

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Helix is so good at night -- even the queue is awesome.

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It's very green.

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One more Helix shot -- with some sunset shadows on the brake run.

That's two fun visits to Liseberg, and hopefully more to come some day in the future.

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Sunday, July 3, 2016
Gothenburg: Shelter Where Available

The third and final segment in this post covers my adventures around the city of Gothenburg! Or, if you'd prefer, Göteborg.

In 2016, Stockholm was the end-point of the TPR trip. I decided to travel from there to Gothenburg by train. Definitely an efficient and interesting way to travel. Not the easiest thing if you're lugging a full-size suitcase because packing light isn't in your vocabulary.

I arrived in Gothenburg early in the afternoon on Sunday, July 3. Most of these pictures are from a very long walk around the city for the entire rest of the day. There are a couple from July 4th while I was on my way to Liseberg, and one or two from the July 5th as I was preparing to head to the airport to fly back home to the US.

With our Schiphol-induced travel difficulties in 2019, we didn't get any time to explore Gothenburg during the most recent trip. I'm glad I got to see the city in 2016, and I definitely wanted to share it here -- it's a pretty nice place! I'll tell the story of the journey in the captions, but we'll start at my hotel.

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I stayed at the Hotel Royal in Gothenburg. Just a couple blocks from the central rail station.

Great price, great breakfast, very nice hotel overall. Tiny rooms, so probably better for a solo traveler, but I'll stay there again for sure if I return.

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One interesting thing is that the keys are all attached to heavy weights -- and you aren't allowed to take them out of the hotel. You return them to the front desk and pick them back up when you get back in. I've never seen that anywhere else.

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Starting my walking trip along the waterfront. This is the Barken Viking, a four-masted ship built in 1906. Its sailing days are over -- it's now moored on the Göta älv (Göta River) as a hotel. I almost chose to stay here, actually, but the Hotel Royal was a little more centrally located.

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Heading north across the river is the Götaälvbron (Göta älv bridge). I decided to walk across it.

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This little corner of Gothenburg (as seen from the bridge) is called Lilla Bommen, named for the red and white building of the same name. Lilla Bommen is also called The Lipstick, for obvious reasons. The very top is an observation deck, but it was closed on the day of my visit, unfortunately.

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A view over the river, and yet another post with an old church. That's the Masthuggskyrkan (Masthugg Church) way up on a hill.

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A familiar theme park was also visible off in the distance.

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The real reason I was heading north across the river was to head up there. Those cliffs are part of a hill called Ramberget.

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I got north of the river, made a stop in a grocery store for some refreshments, then walked west. Here's a view over the Hjalmar Brantingsgatan for a northern Gothenburg street scene.

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Soon, I was in the woods -- climbing a trail in Keillers Park.

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As I got near the top of the park, the views opened up, but the skies began to darken.

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Off to the west, I saw a downpour heading in. Based on what I could tell, it was heading straight into the city.

I got out the zoom lens, and saw something interesting.

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That's a funnel cloud way off in the distance!

Of course, I'm in Sweden, so I have no clue who I'm supposed to report this to.

Well, the funnel cloud didn't look like much of a threat, and it dissipated within a few minutes. But the rain was still headed in, and I was in a park with no buildings and no shelters and had no vehicle.

I needed a place to wait out the downpour, but where?

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Yeah.

Look, it was better than getting soaked, OK? Solid decision.

When the rain ended, the weather was perfect.

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Now, I had some time to check out the views from Gothenburg's most scenic spot.

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Here's a look southwest over the Göta älv. The suspension bridge to the right is the Älvsborgsbron (Älvsborg Bridge).

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Such an interesting variety of architecture and topography. Sweden is awesome.

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A view south over the rocky cliffs.

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Liseberg's gonna show up in a lot of these!

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Here's a picture that gives an idea of what the main cliff edge looks like at Keillers Park. There are lots of different viewpoints, and once the rain ended, the locals came out to enjoy it.

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Another view south over the city. Central Gothenburg is just across the water.

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Lilla Bommen and the Barken Viking.

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AtmosFear, Lisebergbanan, and AeroSpin are all running!

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It's a busy port area, so it's easy to get a crane in the way of your shot.

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I finally made it to the main destination -- the orienteringsbord at the summit of Ramberget.

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The marker at the top! It roughly translates to: See the great view. Height 100 meters above sea level.

Another source lists the height at about 86 meters / 285 feet, but close enough.

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I was not the only one enjoying the view.

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I suspect I was the only one taking this many pictures of Liseberg, however.

After a while, I climbed down from Ramberget, exiting Keillers Park and heading south.

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My next stop was Lindholmen, a mixed-use district on the north side of the Älv, directly across from central Gothenburg.

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I needed a way to get back to the other side of the river. I already walked across the bridge once, so why not take a ferry this time?

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From the ferry, here's a view back up at Ramberget and Keillers Park.

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Some photogenic clouds on a beautiful evening in Gothenburg.

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Coming back into the central part of the city.

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The rest of my tour was focused around the central part of Gothenburg. Here's the Göteborgs stadsmuseum (Gothenburg City Museum), with the clock tower from the Tyska kyrkan (German Church) behind it.

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Gothenburg is built on several canals -- this is one of them.

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Just behind this canal is Gustav Adolfs Torg, the city's central square. It's named for King Gustav II Adolf. The building nearest to the center of this picture is Gothenburg's Rådhuset (City Hall).

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On the south end of the downtown area is the Feskekörka -- an interestingly-shaped fish market.

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Gothenburg is a city that was originally very heavily fortified, many centuries ago. Today, most of the fortifications have been removed, although you can still imply their locations by the shape of the canals along the edge of downtown.

This picture is from the top of the only remaining fortification -- the Carolus Rex XI bastion.

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As it turns out, you can see Liseberg from pretty much anywhere.

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Rush fans might get the theme of this restaurant, where I stopped for dinner. I had a very good, though insanely expensive burger. While the owners of this place might be fans of Rush and rock music in general, Gothenburg's chief export in the world of rock is death metal / alt metal band In Flames.

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A nice view over one of Gothenburg's canals as night begins to fall.

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Gothenburg Central Station (Göteborgs Centralstation) -- where I arrived by train earlier that day.

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Swedish reflections to end a long day.

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The next couple pictures are from the next morning, while I was on my way to Liseberg.

This is a fountain on theh Kungsportsavenyen road in the Lorensberg neighborhood. Behind the fountain is the Göteborgs Konstmuseum (Gothenburg Museum of Art).

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A statue of Poseidon, and a view northwest into the city -- with Gothenburg's white and blue streetcars making their way.

Liseberg was next, and I already covered that bit earlier.

So, here's the final few shots from later that night.

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A walk back to the hotel through the quiet streets of Gothenburg.

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Heading north along a canal, at the end of my last full day in Sweden for 2016.

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One more moody shot to mark the end of the 2016 trip. But there's still a whole lot more to come from Sweden.

Hope you've enjoyed your quick tour of Gothenburg, and an overload of stuff from Liseberg. Kolmården is up next!

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9 hours ago, The Great Zo said:

One interesting thing is that the keys are all attached to heavy weights -- and you aren't allowed to take them out of the hotel. You return them to the front desk and pick them back up when you get back in. I've never seen that anywhere else.

My hotel in Tokyo did the same thing, I had to return the key to the desk whenever I went out out every day.

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While the owners of this place might be fans of Rush and rock music in general, Gothenburg's chief export in the world of rock is death metal / alt metal band In Flames.

In fact, the owners of said place are the members of In Flames.

So there you go.

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The idea of you waiting out a tornado in a porta-potty makes me really, really happy.

Also, Balder in a Box would be the best roller coaster in the world. Just sayin'.

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On 3/30/2021 at 5:16 PM, Electerik said:

In fact, the owners of said place are the members of In Flames.

So there you go.

This makes the whole thing make a lot more sense and I feel like it is something I should have known in advance. 🤣

On 3/30/2021 at 8:48 PM, DBru said:

Also, Balder in a Box would be the best roller coaster in the world. Just sayin'.

That would require an excessively large box...

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I loved getting lost in this report and pictures, as always. I'm guessing that once the two year lag time had passed from your 2016 trip, you were already planning the 2019 visit and just figured you'd save the pictures until now, nearly five years after they were taken! ;)

Happy to see those who included the date with their signature formatted it the right way! I would probably forget.

I like the nicely padded chair for the operators - do other European parks do that?

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On 4/1/2021 at 3:35 PM, CenturyFlyer said:

I loved getting lost in this report and pictures, as always. I'm guessing that once the two year lag time had passed from your 2016 trip, you were already planning the 2019 visit and just figured you'd save the pictures until now, nearly five years after they were taken! ;)

Thanks for reading! I wish I was that well organized ... more like I was putting this one together and just said "eh, I have some 2016 stuff I can throw in too..." ;)

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