Tucked away in the wine country town of Cleebronn, Germany, is truly one of the great hidden gems of the theme park world: Erlebnispark Tripsdrill. Obscured by rolling hills of grapevines, Tripsdrill is an uncannily large park considering its off-the-beaten-path location about 35km north of Stuttgart.
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Erlebnispark Tripsdrill is a sprawling, elegant park full of mature trees and flourishing gardens. The central area of the park is densely landscaped and features an numerous tracked family rides; guests can undulate through different gardens in their choice of a soup tureen, a wine bucket, an antique car, and many more. Many endearing animatronic scenes pepper the park, giving it a sort of golden-era Disneyland feel.
Tripsdrill’s oldest coaster (and for 12 years, only coaster), is Rasender Tausenfüßler (Raging Millipede): a double figure-8 Zierer Tivoli.
To the right of Tripsdrill’s center is a large field area with a big loop of midway and several marquee rides. In the center is a beautifully situated rapids ride.
The other major water ride at Tripsdrill is their iconic bathtub flume ride, whose theme seems to be inspired by the nearby womens’ bathhouse. The flume is easily among the best in Europe and features great interaction with the G’sengte Sau roller coaster – the first ride in the field expansion, which opened in 1998.
Also from Gerstlauer is Mammut, a family-friendly wood coaster made with prefabricated track similar to that of Intamin’s wood coasters.
The biggest star of the field area of Tripsdrill would have to be Karacho, a superb Gerstlauer Infinity Coaster.
Last but not least is Tripsdrill’s newest area, immediately to the left of the rest of the park. Here we find the marvelous Vekoma duo, Volldampf and Hals-über-Kopf. The Family Boomerang coaster and prototype “Suspended Thrill Coaster” are interwoven and share a superstructure, and both feature various thematic and terrain-based elements. Volldampf treats riders to its journey both forward and backward, while Hals-über-Kopf has four inversions and some stellar forces.
We had a marvelous day at Erlebnispark Tripsdrill. This park is one of the most beautiful, polished, and eclectic in the world and we’re amazed by its growing and enviable ride roster – and of course the storks have our hearts. Until next time!
Make sure to check out the park in even more detail in our Erlebnispark Tripsdrill Vlog!