Germany’s first theme park, is in the countryside just outside Stuttgart. Erlebnispark Tripsdrill opened back in 1929. Today, there are 100 attractions for all ages, includingthe new catapult roller coaster “Karacho” which accelerates its vehicles to 100 km/h in a mere 1.6 second.
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Over time, the park was extended to link up more and more with nature, for this is the major appeal of Tripsdrill. Thus today, more than 100 original attractions are laid out over 77 hectares – including the roller coaster “Mammut”, one of the few in Germany of wooden construction, with a height of 30 metres, and the new catapult roller coaster “Karacho” which accelerates its vehicles to 100 km/h in a mere 1.6 seconds. Yet little ones also obtain good value for money in Tripsdrill, as many of the attractions are specially conceived with the younger visitor in mind, for example the new indoor playground “Gaudi-Viertel” in the Village Street. The theme park’s slogan is “Schwaben [Swabia] anno 1880”. All the attractions are centred on this theme and evoke Swabia’s tradition and history. In this respect, Tripsdrill’s approach is generally tongue-in-cheek rather than serious – but not without valuable snippets of information for anyone interested: about wine-making – “from the vine to the glass”, the Swabian housewife – “1850 wash-house”, handicraft and many other curiosities. And, since Tripsdrill’s origins lie in gastronomy, a great deal of attention is paid to the quality of the meals. The “Gasthaus zur Altweibermühle” waiter-service restaurant on site is reputed for its excellent regional cuisine and game specialties – entirely home-made to grand-mother’s original recipe.
In the neighbouring wildlife park (Wildparadies), Arctic wolves, bears and numerous wild animals native to Europe await visitors. It is possible to see them up close on a feeding tour with the game warden. Bald eagles, vultures and owls also feature among the residents of the wildlife park. The falconry proposes a walking tour or a flight demonstration in the afternoon. In open-air enclosures, visitors can approach several species of deer and even feed them. For those seeking to experience nature with all their senses, there are the forest adventure path (Walderlebnis-Pfad), barefoot path (Barfuß-Pfad) and adventure playground (Abenteuerspielplatz) to have a good romp.
With its original accommodation facilities, Tripsdrill enables to extend this adventure amidst pure nature. In the nature resort, located in front of the wildlife park, there are comfortable shepherds’ wagons, and tree houses hidden in the forest. The shepherds’ wagons can accommodate up to five people. Each one offers a small sitting area with flat-screen TV, a refrigerator, washing facilities and heating. Showers and WCs are available in a modern central sanitation block. The tree-houses for 2-4 and 5-6 people are comfortably equipped, each with its own sanitation, a sink, a refrigerator and a coffee machine, as well as a living room with TV. From the veranda, it is possible to hear the wolves howling in the evening – an exhilarating experience!