zottewoef81 wrote:@ Swimace: If you have a car, you can also go to the Annakirmes in Düren, it's only a 1h15m drive from the Cranger Kirmes. That way, you can do both OL and AB!
Great suggestion! We are heading to Cranger Kirmes from Phantasialand so that could work out pretty easily.
How does it work with getting on rides at these fairs? Do you buy individual tickets for the rides? Also, is it pretty much a cash-only sort of setup?
Any advice in general for Americans who are going to a German fair for the first time?
If I were you, I would first go to the Annakirmes. It's only a half hour drive from PHL. It's also the swallest fair of the 2, so you'll get around quicker here.
Then after a couple of hours, go to the Crangerkirmes. That's what I did 2 years ago, it works just fine!
General advice: there are several (small) parking lots nearby each fair. Normally, if you get off the highway, there will be signs to these. If you want to save a couple of euro's, you can always try to find a parking space somewhere in the streets, but that's a long shot.
As far as getting on the rides, yes, you buy individual tickets for each ride. As far as I know, it's cash only. Maybe some of the bigger rides, like OL and AB, have a card terminal, but I doubt that.
However, there are ATM machines at the fairs. 2 years ago, these machines stood inside one of the beergardens (Crangerkirmes). Signs around the fair will guide you to them. Keep in mind you will spend around 50€ on both fairs (depending on what you want to ride, eat and drink off course).
Some other advice:
- On Olympia Looping, be sure that you keep your back straight in the first loop. If you don't do this, then there's a good chance the shoulder restraints will come down even more (because of the high g-forces), causing you to sit quite uncomfortable for the rest of the ride. That's the only, somewhat bad thing about this ride tough, the rest is pure awesomeness!
Also, you must do OL at least once in the dark, it's even more kick ass then!
- Don't be alarmed by a big line on one of the big rides (OL, AB, Spinning Racer,...), these work at full speed/capacity and you'll be amazed on how fast the line goes. Sometimes you barely have the time to get in your seat properly.
- Try out every beergarden there is and stay there during shows for the great atmosphere. The food stands are also very good and not that expensive.
- At some rides (like a break dance) there are a lot of people standing around the ride, waiting to get on it. Be fast and determined or you won't get on it for another couple of rides.
- just enjoy and have a lot of fun!
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