Fasten your seatbelt: Theme parks in Germany are open for the season. Here’s what’s new for 2014.

Roller coaster fans, rejoice. Holiday Park in Hassloch, Germany, has kicked off its summer season with a new ride you’re going to love.

The “Sky Scream” catapults thrill-seekers almost vertically upward, allows them to roll backward and shoots them up once again along a nearly 165-foot-high track offering an inverted twist, an almost-straight downward plunge, a loop and yet more twists. Reaching speeds of 60 miles per hour, it’s all over in less than a minute, but what a minute it is.

The across-the-board verdict of riders on the day of our recent visit? Fantastic.


Other theme parks in Germany are open for the season. Here’s what’s new for 2014 at some of the country’s other parks:

• Europa Park in Rust plans a spring opening for its biggest indoor attraction to date, “ARTHUR — at the Minimoys Kingdom.” The ride will take visitors on a journey through seven kingdoms in search of the Minimoys treasure. “Arthur,” a 4-D movie based on the same theme, is playing at the park’s Magic Cinema. Learn more at

Freizeit-Land in Geiselwind hopes to give visitors a good scare with its “Black Hole,” a roller coaster ride through the darkness of a dragon’s cave. See it at

• Legoland Deutschland in Günzburg has a supersized new attraction: the world’s biggest LEGO model, made out of 5 million bricks. The LEGO Star Wars X-Wing is a 1:1 scale model display weighing 45,980 pounds, standing 11 feet tall and stretching 43 feet. It will be on display through Nov. 2. Take a look at

• Movie Park Germany in Bottrop plans to launch a family attraction taking visitors to a long-ago era filled with dinosaurs, prehistoric animals, temples and more on a date soon to be announced. Get more info at

• Phantasialand in Brühl has opened what it bills as the world’s most modern water coaster. “Ciapas” is a six-minute ride that features a plunge down a 53-degree slope, the steepest water descent for any log flume-style ride. Learn more at

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