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Heide-Park is a theme park in Soltau, Lower Saxony, Germany

August 22nd, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

Heide-Park is a theme park in Soltau, Lower Saxony. With an overall area of over 850,000 m², it is one of the biggest German Amusement Parks and the biggest in Northern Germany. The theme park is part of the British-based Merlin Entertainments. The current manager of the park is Hannes W. Mairinger.

The area on which Heide-Park was built originally did not belong to the game reserve Heidenhof. In 1978 Hans-Jürgen Tiemann gave away the area under the condition that who ever took it would keep the Heidenhof-Kapelle (Year of Construction: 1349) and save the animals living in the park. At its opening on 19 August 1978 about 200,000 people visited and enjoyed the (then) six rides. You can get into Heide park with the Merlin Annual pass.

Heide Park currently has about 40 rides which are mainly aimed at families but its thrill rides are also very popular. One of the main attractions is Colossos, a wooden roller coaster, which until the opening of Balder, on 4 December 2003 in the Swedish amusement park Liseberg, was the steepest wooden roller coaster in the world. The latest attraction is the Gyro-Drop-Tower "Scream". With its total height of 103 meters and a 71 meter drop it is the world's largest of its kind. The ride speeds up to about 98 km/h.

[Source: Wikipedia]

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