Again I am having some internet trouble as the inroom wifi is down at the Liseberg hotel. Since our last update, we have been to Farup, TusenFryd, and an evening at Liseberg. For now I will post the Farup photos and we will do an update for the other parks later.
Day Four: Farup Sommerland or “The Knoebel’s of Europe!”
I don’t even know where to begin here….this place was incredible! Let me first say that if you’re looking for a park with 200 foot hyper coasters and nothing but thrills, Farup isn’t going be your thing, but if you want a park that is nothing but wall to wall fun, great coasters, some of the coolest non-coaster attractions we’ve ever seen in a very relaxing, family atmosphere, this is your place!
Why do we call it the “Knoebel’s of Europe?” It’s simple, if you know what makes Knoebel’s one of the best parks in America, then it’s the same things that make Farup one of the best parks we’ve visited in Europe. Let’s draw some comparisons here:
They both have:
- A good wooden out and back coaster
- Awesome pizza!
- VERY efficient operations (Falken dispatched in seconds!)
- The parking lot is PACKED when you get there, yet the lines for the rides are very light.
- Campground and picnic areas within and near the park.
- “Hassle-Free” environment.
- Lots of “play areas”
- Friendly staff
- Waterpark slides within the park.
- The park has a gorgeous setting full of trees.
- The park is in the middle of nowhere and on the entire road trip there you ask yourself “Are you SURE there is an amusement park around here?” and then when you get there, there is a million people there!
Anyway, so let’s talk about Falken for a moment. We didn’t know what to expect from this medium-sized L-shaped out and back woodie. It’s an S&S/Arrow wooden coaster with the new style 3-bench Gerstlauer trains. The ride was GREAT! It’s not the tallest, not the fastest, but it doesn’t need to be. In fact, this coaster reminded me a LOT of Timber Terror at Silverwood, and that coaster has been on my favorites list ever since it opened. There was airtime on every hill, a cool little tunnel going into the turnaround, and although there was a bit of a shuffle in the helix, that didn’t detract from an overall great coaster. And with only a 42” height restriction, it meant that families could all ride together.
The other two coasters in the parks collection was a Reverchon Crazy Mouse (which Elissa LOVED because we were able to get it to spin a A LOT!)
And a large model Vekoma Roller Skater (same model as Cedar Point and Islands of Adventure)
But the best thing about this park wasn’t the coasters and it wasn’t even the rides! It was all the ‘play areas’ which, in a US park wouldn’t exist thanks to the sue-happy American attitude.
There are trampolines everywhere! Tons of areas where you can bounce around, climb, run, and have a great time. But most of these aren’t your normal trampoline like you’d see in a backyard, this is bigger “park stuff.” You’ll have to see the photos to see what I’m talking about.
Then there is the Obstacle Course. At first glance this looked very basic, something we’d thought we’d run through in about 15 minutes. And then about 15 minutes into it, we realized this course would challenge most Survivor contestants! Everything from huge mazes to monkey bars that go over a river…the same river where the paddle boats drive through, and if you can’t make it across…YOU FALL IN!!! :o
There were tons of slides, nets, a really awesome zip line, and even two areas where you had to pull your group across a lake on a raft using a rope! It was awesome!
On top of all that the park was really awesome to us letting us get as much footage we needed, even from the top of Falken’s lift hill while the ride was cycling.
Needless to say, we had an incredible day here and we highly recommend this park if you are planning any Europe trips anytime soon.
Oh, and if not for the parks in Denmark, do it for all the hot chicks! Joey keeps saying “I swear this place breeds super models!” He should know as one of the hot chicks in the obstacle course called him “Chicken” for not doing the monkey bars over the water!
Now onto a few photos from today…