At the edge of the village of Gingst on the island of Rügen is the Rügen Park, a miniature park of decent size, which has grown into a small leisure park through its expansion. Typical for a small park in Germany you can find half of the Heege product range here, which is not bad for classics like the Butterfly, Luna Loop or the Nautic Jets.
Interestingly, the Rügen Park does not share a characteristic of other parks of this size, because the audience that moves through the park behaves rather badly. The crowd is pushing without end and this with the permission of the spoiled parents, who all came from areas of Germany at the time of the visit, who either never had contact with such a park or are generally just not very bright. With the quite high, but fair and reasonable entrance fee one actually does not expect such a crowd.
Fortunately, there is an area of the park where one rather rarely meets other park visitors, which is a pity, as it is also the case of the Tier- und Freizeitpark Thüle. The showpiece area and at the same time the root of the park offers miniatures from all over the world, but also regional buildings in small format. The level of detail is quite high, but the small gimmicks on the edge are missing, which is for example the Miniatur Wunderland in the Hamburg Speicherstadt.
The main attraction of the park is the Chance Park Railway, with the classic C.P. Huntington train. But there is also a second train in this park. This one has a funny grimace and belongs to the Zamperla children’s roller coaster, which luckily doesn’t try to kill you right away, like the Vagones Locos from the Parque de Atracciones de Madrid do. The ride with wide open hangers on the right seat without co-driver was quite adventurous, but for the children, where the hangers were mostly closed, the ride was a lot of fun.
The Rügen Park is, if you are ever on Rügen, worth a visit. It is best to visit this park in the high season of the island, because then you can be sure to do everything without annoying conversations. Both the park railway and the roller coaster don’t really run very often, so it is advisable to wait a few minutes in front of the ride rather than postpone your visit to the back of the park and thus not enjoy the ride. Roller coaster counter are warned that the Heege Butterfly is hard to get going without a second man at the gate.
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