Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Amusement Park in Germany

Last weekend my family finally visited our first amusement park in Germany.  We went to Holiday Park.  We had a great time.  There were several rides that my almost 2 year old could ride and plenty of rides for older children and grown-ups.  It was like a mini Disney World for Germany.  They had German cartoon characters dressed up to meet the children and get pictures with them.  They had a log ride and a few bigger roller coasters for children 8 and up.  There was an indoor playroom with a slide and soft mats for younger kids to play if the weather was good.  It was for kids 0-5.  There were also some playgrounds within the park.  

We ate lunch at one of the restaurants and the food was pretty good.  Thankfully you can bring your own food in so we brought some snacks and water bottles with us.  There are a lot of amusement parks and theme parks in Germany and we hope to try another one soon.  

The only thing I did not like about Holiday Park was one ride which I thought was going to be a boat ride.  My husband and I were thinking of the ride at Disney World in Orlando where they play "It's a Small World."  Well, this was not a boat ride but a haunted seat ride.  It went through the dungeons of castles, providing us a visual history of various ways of torturing and killing people, think of a "live" torture museum.  There were also robotic people dressed up as prostitutes, drunks, etc.  We had no idea that it would be like this.  It was truly a very different cultural experience.  It was quite scary and I kept trying to cover my young son's eyes because the ride and sites were quite scary and even freaked me out.  Needless to say, we will not be going in the dungeon again if we go back.  My husband and I both felt horrible for taking our son on that ride.  Thankfully, he made it out and didn't seem to be too scared. If you visit a theme park in another country be aware that not every ride will be what you expect.  

Other than that it was a nice park to spend the day.  Very stroller friendly and plenty of families and young people were there enjoying the rides.

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