Tim, Dave and I visited Hungary, Austria and Germany, meeting up with Greg (Gluten Frei) and Derek (TPR Superstar) in Germany, where we became "fünf". The cities and parks we visited included:
Salzburg--a bit of sightseeing and The Sound of Music
Bottrop--Schloß Beck and Movie Park
Munich--Oktoberfest with CoasterFriends.de!
Rammingen---Skyline Park (and back to Munich for more Oktoberfest)
Despite a few technical snafus, mostly flight related, we had an excellent time. I'll let the pictures tell the story. Tim's writing a lengthier report with all the details, so keep an eye out for that!
(I see he's already posted it--sorry if some of these photos turn out to be duplicates.)
Hungarian dude in our hotel lobby
Tim's happy to be in Hungary. Hey Tim, the Sex Shop is the other way!
I'm glad we're not driving!
Yay-new subway credit!
The trains were quite old but ran fine. The system was easy to figure out, once we decided what type of ticket to buy.
These ladies were setting up shop near the station. They had a small, interesting array of things for sale.
Church in the Castle District.
Detail of church, under scaffolding. We might've gone in, if it didn't cost us.
Fisherman's Bastion, on the Buda side of Budapest. Great views from here.
More of the same.
Hey, it looks just like Pittsburgh!
This shows Parliament, where the riots that broke out just before we left were supposed to be going on.
More from Fisherman's Bastion.
Hey, this looks like Pittsburgh, too!
Cannons and stuff.
Entrance to Vidam Park.
This one's for you, Mark.
This one too.
This is the facade for Tukorutveszto, a better than usual mirror labyrinth.
Mesecsonak; a Fairy Tale Old Mill-type boat ride. Slowest ever but still light years better than Garfield's Nightmare. You can see Hullamvasut in the background.
Closer look at the trains.
If you want the front, you may need to hop on before the train stops, like Rutschebanen at Tivoli.
This is the view from the top of Hullamvasut.
Hey, there's Tim up front!
An unfortunate haircut.
Looping Star, the Schwarzkopf formerly at Dreamland in the UK.
Kukomotiv, with a tunnel! By Daniel Pinfari, Italy!
This was a bizarre Whip. Did not look like a Mangels at all. Both the tubs and mechanism seemed different.
Check out the tubs, with London theming.
Szellemvasut (Ghost Ride). One of two dark rides with a homemade Spiderman in it!
The building that houses Korhinta, a stunningly beautiful Merry-Go-Round.
Inside the building.
The horses faced outward and rocked back and forth on these giant springs.
There were also rocking boats.
Children enjoying the ride.
Directional signs at the park. We still had to consult our map and ride list for translations for some of the names.
Nice Photo TR, with some very interesting pics. That carousel looks really unique and quite large. I've never seen any rocking horses or ships before. Im guessing that woody is a scenic railway/side friction with those type of trains with the wooden benches.
Primogen18 wrote:Nice Photo TR, with some very interesting pics. That carousel looks really unique and quite large. I've never seen any rocking horses or ships before. Im guessing that woody is a scenic railway/side friction with those type of trains with the wooden benches.
We saw a couple of carousels elsewhere on the trip with the rocking horses but none as large as those.
Yeah, Hullámvasút (Hungarian for "Riding the Waves") is a scenic railway. You can see the brakeman in the middle if you look carefully. This was probably the slowest and least interesting of all the scenic railways I've ridden (Rutschebanen, Bakken and Tivoli; Scenic Railway, Dreamland; Hochschaubahn, Prater and Vuoristorata, Linnanmäki).
viking86 wrote:Nice pictures! I loved Looping Star when I rode it last year.
Btw, Im soooo dissappointed that you didnt visit Erlebnispark Strasswalchen on the trip. Its not that far from Salzburg
Looking forward to the pictures from Prater. It really is an amazing place!
I had Prater halfway done tonight and then it all went "Poof!" and disappeared when I went to make a sandwich. I'll try again tomorrow, possibly posting in smaller installments to prevent losing everything again.
We arrived in Vienna via train late in the evening. The next morning after breakfast, we dropped our luggage off at the train station and took public transportation to Prater Park. We didn't do any sightseeing in Vienna, but Dave and I had both been before and I was kind of unimpressed then, so I don't feel like I missed anything. For more details, see N'at Man's Ok-Coaster-Fest Trip Reports. On to the photos...
Entrance with the famous Riesenrad in the background.
Biergarten. Prater reminded me a bit of Bakken but with way more rides. It's within a larger park and there are many independently operated rides, restaurants and attractions. Unfortunately, there's no POP option.
Hey, a French Fry Dudelike the one at Mount Olympus!
Prater mascot guy.
The cabins of the Riesenrad Ferris Wheel. ("When the hungries hit, hit the Red Barn...")
Graffitti inside one of the cabins. The pristine cabins are reserved for dining and special events.
View from the Riesenrad.
Dizzy Mouse, a Reverchon spinning mouse.
Close up of the tunnel. We probably would have had to spring for another ride to get a photo of a train in the tunnel; there were very few customers when we arrived and we had to wait for several of the rides to open.
Super 8er Bahn, a Pinfari FC80 that was actually quite pleasant due to the lap bars.
Here's one for the beer thread!
One of several carousels, with one of several bumper car rides in the background.
Tim and Dave with the Prater guy, in front of Extasy.
Soriani and Moser Extasy. I was hoping this would be similar to my favorite flat ride, the Moser Extreme. Unfortunately, it wasn't--the cars didn't flip and you spent a lot of time upside-down. Not too bad though.
The operator's booth. A lot of the operators here get into providing a complete experience, choreographing music to go along with the ride and providing commentary during the ride.
A Zamperla Mr. Muscle. These were all over the place.
Amadeus, Amadeus, Rock Me Amadeus! (I like how they've removed The "-per" from both signs...)
This dog is on his way home...
...home being the Geister Schloss (Ghost Castle). This was an very good dark ride, with a simple but effective surprise at the end. For some reason, this one had a Spiderman in it too, like the ones at Vidam.
One area of the park had a lot of these interesting sculptures.
This was my favorite.
Another dark ride. This one had real old-school "sensors"--the car would hit a board that would trigger the stunt. I made a note of a "collapsing bridge" effect on this ride but don't remember it now....
Loved this ride--nothing at all like the one at Blackpool. This one went at varying speeds and also bounced up and down. The operator seemed to be challenging riders to stand.
Maurer Sohne Wilde Maus.
Glocke. Didn't ride it.
Liliputbahn--train ride. This thing went way far out. We got out maybe half way (but weren't sure) and still had to walk back a ways to the attractions.
"Kid's World". This seemed like a newer or recently redone part of the park.
This part of the park also had the best bathrooms (not free, though).
Hochschaubahn--a 1950 scenic railway. It had very charming theming, including mountains, waterfalls, plants, and water-shooting elves.
Hochschaubahn. There's the Prater guy again.
That's a bar/restaurant to the right.
This cat appeared to live at Hochschaubahn. It jumped out of the train when we arrived to ride.
The ride as seen from back, on another midway.
Toboggan. I really wanted to ride this but when we got a closer look, it looked like it had been closed for a while and could fall apart at any time.
It had a conveyor belt to get you closer to the top quickly, similar to one we saw at Oktoberfest.
Auto BergBahn. Could be counted as a credit. I just wanted to ride it because it was so adorable.
Megablitz, a Vekoma custom. Not bad.
The Boomerang was closed for painting. Darn.
We missed you, Buddy!
Hey, it's El Toro and there's no line!
The Ponykarussell. PETA would not approve.
Here's one for the beer thread.
Budweiser Budvar. Definately not Wally's Budweiser. This stuff is tasty *and* potent.
After a few beers we were ready for the Star Flyer. Kind of scary at first but ultimately very thrilling. We got a pretty long cycle, going up to the top several times.
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