|Theme Park:||Heide Park (since 1978)|
|Part of the Resort Heide Park Resort|
|Address:||Heide Park 1|
|Operated by:||Merlin Entertainments Group|
Heide Park in the middle of the Lüneburg Heath near Soltau, Lower Saxony is the largest theme park in Northern Germany. Driven by the success of the Europa Park amusement park near Rust, the showman Hans-Jürgen Tiemann built the amusement park on the site of the former Heidenhof wildlife park in 1978. The park was already a great success in its first season. As time went on, more and more attractions came to the park and by the opening of Europe’s highest roller coaster, the Big Loop, in 1983 at the latest, the Heide Park was on everyone’s lips.
The time under the Tiemann family was always associated with superlatives. They always built the fastest, longest or highest attraction of its kind. The peak of this was the wooden roller coaster Colossos, Europe’s highest wooden roller coaster. At the same time the park was sold to the Tussauds Group, which later became Merlin Entertainments. Scream, the highest gyro drop tower in the world, followed, before the park focused on German premieres with Desert Race, Krake and the Flug der Dämonen. For some years now, the company has also been increasingly relying on well-known licenses, such as How to Train Your Dragon, Peppa Pig and the Ghostbusters.
Fun Fact #1: Heide Park is closely connected with the history of Europa Park. Originally, Hans-Jürgen Tiemann’s father Otto Tiemann was supposed to run the park in Rust. Even today you can discover many similarities between the two parks.
Fun Fact #2: For years Heide Park was world famous for its pile-dwelling competition in the Dutch part of the park. The Guinness World Record, which is still valid today, was also set in Heide Park in 2002.
Fun Fact #3: Germany’s biggest and most professional independent frightening group, the Boo Crew, have been shaping events such as the Hamburg Dom or the Zeit der Schattenwesen in Hansa Park as live frighteners for years, but they started in Heide Park, whose Halloween event they have been shaping since 2004.
Highlights of the Theme Park
The longest of its kind
One of the best drop towers