The FirleFranz of Bayern-Park


A lot has changed since my last visit to Bayern Park. Not only is the theme park now much more impressive with a large and beautiful entrance area, there are also three attractions that are well worth seeing. The biggest of these is of course the Voltrum freefall tower, which is over 100 metres high and is intended for the more daring. For the whole family, there is the Duell der Adler and the crazy FirleFranz family rollercoaster.

Duell der Adler

As soon as you enter the theme park, you come across the Duell der Adler. The Gerstlauer Sky Fly is a great family carousel where you can customise your own ride. By adjusting the position of the wings on the gondola, you can experience a rather calm ride or a wild ride with lots of somersaults. A counter counts these and enables a final comparison.


I like the new style at Bayern-Park, which really comes into its own on the new FirleFranz family rollercoaster. The open-ended coaster, with the train going both forwards and backwards, is an interesting feature.

The ride itself begins with a gentle friction wheel start backwards out of the station, climbing about halfway up the spiral. We accelerate forward once more, then cross the switch and enter a turn. This then takes us up a hill, which we ride a bit slowly. The big drop is followed by a Bavarian bend. Another bend leads us into the second launch area, which would serve as an additional braking zone if the switch had not been set correctly. However, we accelerate and enter a helix after a short climb. After going through the switch a second time, we travel forward through the station to the end of the spiral, which is an interesting experience, especially in the front part of the train. Now the switch is set a second time and we travel backwards a little faster through the section we have just experienced. A great feeling and my highlight of the ride.

FirleFranz is a really good family coaster with a clever layout that makes the supposedly short track seem like a much longer ride. Even though the ride forward is a bit smoother, the fast ride backwards is all the more impressive. All in all, a really great family coaster from Gerstlauer.


The large Voltrum drop tower is my favourite of the three new features. It offers a fantastic view of the area and an equally fantastic drop. The theming of the ride gives it a very special feeling, something that only Scream at Heide Park has achieved in Europe so far. It feels elaborate and not like a temporary addition like many other theme parks. In short, a really great ride.

Pictures Bayern-Park

Conclusion Bayern-Park

Bayern-Park is making really good progress. I can’t wait to see which attractions will fill the vacant areas in the park. I was also very pleased that my biggest criticism from my last visit no longer seems to apply. The staff here were very friendly, especially the nice employee who directed guests to the right ticket office in the morning. That’s great and gave me a very positive impression overall.


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A ride on Flotter Otto and Looping Alois

Flotter Otto and Looping Alois

On my Easter trip this year, I used the afternoon entrance to Skyline Park to try out last year’s additions.

The larger of the two new rides still uses the station of the former Bob Racing attraction, but not the area around it. This is now largely unused and still gives an idea of the layout of the former bobkart track. The track of the new family coaster Flotter Otto runs parallel to the station building. At both ends you take a turn in a helix and that’s it. As many park visitors have commented, the ride is not a worthy replacement. However, it is a very good starter coaster for young children.

The second addition is the Looping Alois flat ride. Theoretically, you can control your flight, i.e. whether you go up, down and sideways. Unfortunately, the ride at Skyline Park is operated in automatic mode, which means that every passenger inevitably rolls over against their will. This is not unpleasant, but not very nice either. Without interactivity, the ride is simply not attractive to many visitors.

Pictures Skyline Park

Conclusion Skyline Park

Overall, the park makes a worse impression than on my last visit. Although there are more attractions, the paint is peeling in other places. This is particularly noticeable on the façade and some of the figures on the Geisterschlange dark ride, which are now simply weathered. The fisherman on Sky Rafting is also more off-putting than inviting, as are many of the decorations around the park. This is a shame as the park has a lot of potential.


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Theme Park:Carowinds (since 2007)
Paramount Carowinds (1993 - 2006)
Carowinds (1973 - 1992)
Address:14523 Carowinds Blvd
28273 Charlotte
Operated by:Six Flags

Carowinds, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, is one of America’s great theme parks. Opened in 1973 and located on the border of North and South Carolina, the park is famous for its vast collection of shows and attractions, including some of America’s finest roller coasters.


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