In 2011 the European Coaster Club's big trip was a circular tour of Germany starting and finishing in Munich with one day dipping into France.
In total we would visit over 20 parks in 2 weeks and ride a stupid number of rollercoasters along the way. I had done some of the parks in 2004 on a previous trip but there was still plenty of new parks to make this worthwhile, and it would be good to see how the parks I had been to before had changed in those 7 years.
Not wanting to just do theme parks I also tried to squeeze in some city exploration, which I've also covered here.
As ever here's the disclaimer. No offence is meant to anyone, some of this report is factual, most of it is the witterings of a mad man so take it with a pinch of salt. If you want an image please ask and I'll send you it.
I'll also mention that this took me 7 months to write up due to other commitments and major writers block so apologies for that...but as ever, I hope you enjoy it.
Sunday, 31 July 2011
The first park, a little over an hour away from Munich Airport was Bayern Park, a mid-sized family run park. The main reason for visiting this park was for their new coaster Freischutz, a new custom Maurer-Sohne launched ride.
More carbonite kiddies.
At the end of the day we were given an hour riding on the caterpillar ride, which went down well, although I think the consensus amongst the group was that the toboggan ride was much better. The park is very pleasant and a nice gentle way to start the trip. We knew bigger and better parks were coming and whilst it was a shame that the signature ride wasn't running I think we all still had a good time.
Subsequent to the trip I've heard that the Freischutz coaster is terrible and no-one who's ridden it has had anything good to say about it...A shame.
First of the city crawls was on day 2 as we had a few hours to explore the city of Nuremburg; I say a few hours, that's true only if you're happy in getting up at 5am to do so! So up at 5 was exactly what I did and here're the photos of the city.
Opposite the opera house is a little statue commemorating Richard Wagner, one of Germany's famous composers although he was born in Leipzig not Nuremburg. His most famous piece of music was probably flight of the Valkyries...and now you know why I made the vomit reference earlier on.