Ninja training in Legoland


What do you do if you are a fan of the Sky Fly rides of the manufacturer Gerstlauer and completely disregard the opening hours of the Holiday Park in advance but are already in Darmstadt? Certainly not the way back of 500 km to Hamburg, when you can also have a way back of about 1000 km, but with one or the other ride. Surely you shouldn’t make this decision at 10 o’clock in the morning, so that you don’t reach Legoland Deutschland until the afternoon due to the rather modest condition of the south German motorways. At the entrance to the parking lot we found out that the rides close already one hour before the actual closing time of the park, so we only had about 90 minutes left for the park and Flying Ninjago.

Legoland Deutschland

Tempel X-Pedition

In 2013, a good three years after Legoland Billund, the dark ride Tempel X-Pedition opened at Legoland Deutschland, where you can go on an interactive treasure hunt through the Egyptian temple armed with pistols in search of the tomb treasure of the pharaohs. The ride is handsome and original, but a little too short. Although the rides in Billund and Günzburg are the same, the outdoor area here is much more convincing.

Flying Ninjago

In the same year in which the prototype of the Sky Fly rides was presented to the public in Nigloland, France, Flying Ninjago, the second ride of this type, was opened. Since then, the prototype, which was designed after the quite popular in-house animation series Ninjago, has been putting its more or less daring passengers upside down or not, but unfortunately without The Weekend Whip, the title music of the series, as soundtrack. Instead, you accumulate your rollovers under shallow Asian-sounding music, which can be numerous even without much practice. Unfortunately, the ride was operated without the last two rows for most of the time, so that there was some waiting time in the otherwise empty park.

Halloween in Legoland

Interestingly enough, Halloween was already taking place at the time of our visit, which is why the medieval area was significantly redesigned and the Feuerdrache (fire dragon) was therefore shown in a different guise. Nearly all figures were transformed into ghosts with sheets and the soundtracks were deactivated or changed, but this limited the sense of the dark ride before the actual roller coaster part a bit. For the more courageous children there was also a little Maze, which was indeed operated during the week, despite the small crowd.

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The acclimatisation garden

Jardin d’Acclimatation

Acclimatisation means the adaptation of living beings to changing climatic conditions. In order to research the subject, the Jardin Zoologique d’Acclimatation was founded on the edge of the Bois de Boulogne, the city’ s famous forest. Opened by Emperor Napoleon III in 1860, the zoological garden soon became more popular, so that even after major losses due to the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71, visitors quickly flocked back to the park. With the opening of a small narrow-gauge railway, which still today connects the station Porte Maillot with the park, and other attractions, the Jardin d’Acclimatation developed into one of the city’s cultural centres. This direction was encouraged by renewed losses, starting with the First World War, and by general competition.

Today, the Jardin d’Acclimatation offers a beautiful garden, the Village aux Manèges, numerous playgrounds, various sports facilities, a puppet theatre, as well as animal enclosures. Apart from a large aviary and an interesting fallow deer enclosure, the Petite Ferme Normande is largely based on domestic breeds of farm animals, which is of great educational value, especially with regard to the city.

Tacot Express

The Village aux Manèges has two roller coasters as well as various children’s rides, a wave swinger, a Saltamontes with shoulder restraints and a cogs ride. The Tacot Express, a powered roller coaster from Soquet, is located directly on the square with the other rides. The ride starts with a curve, then goes up and down hills. After a right turn, the ride continues with some small hills and then a left turn to reach the highlight of the ride. With absurd rabiatism, the gradient into the tunnel follows, which is similarly surprising as the first drop of the Feuerdrache from Legoland Deutschland. With the speed now clearly present, another bend takes us in the direction of the station, just before the second round follows.

The Tacot Express seems to be a small, manageable ride, but it is full of surprises. In comparison to the more well-known rides of this type, for example the Blauer Enzian by Mack Rides, it trumps all along the line due to its compact design.

Papillon d’Alice

Almost opposite, the cars of the only Reverchon Junior Spinning Coaster are spinning themselves around in the Jardin d’Acclimatation. Papillon d’Alice is the name of this unusual ride and it is as unusual in appearance.  After a small curve, you climb the lift hill and pass a go-kart track. Above a building you make a small hairpin bend before passing a small dip. Continuing at a lofty height, you now drive along parallel to the station, before the rotation of the car is released after another 90° bend. Unfortunately, this is not as pronounced as with the bigger cousins of the same manufacturer, but for a small children’s roller coaster it is quite understandable. Two more long straight lines follow, until the biggest drop of the ride takes place after a block brake. Two directly connected hairpin bends lead into another smaller dip before it comes to the final dip on the way back to the station.

Although the roller coaster doesn’t look particularly spectacular or have any other exciting attributes, this little spinning coaster is first class. For a small children’s roller coaster there are at least far more duller layouts without any twisting effect, so that Papillon d’Alice can be seen as quite a cute ride for in between.


A little bit away from the hustle and bustle, at the Jardin de Séoul, there is another roller coaster from Soquet: the Dragon. After a right turn you climb up the first friction wheel lift and another turn later the first drop of the ride takes place, at the end of which the next friction wheel lift is already waiting. Now you pass a left turn and drive through a tree, before, not surprisingly, another friction wheel lift comes up. The following drop is only used to build up the necessary speed for the next curve and therefore pushes you straight into it without paying any attention on your body. Clearly surprised you pass the station in order to make another lap.

Although the dragon is by far not as ingeniously absurd as the vintage car express in the front part of the Jardin d’Acclimatation, this ride is also quite convincing. The curve, which has been reworked after the construction, is just as strange as the very compact layout with the tree and its three lift hills.

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Conclusion Jardin d’Acclimatation

The Jardin d’Acclimatation is a great little leisure park in the most metaphorical sense, because no place seems to care as much about leisure as the garden does. Although there are some rides, these generally do not define the park and only make up a small part of the time spent here. The cultural offer of the park is relatively large and can entertain a family with children in connection with the animal enclosures and playgrounds throughout the year in a good and inexpensive way, because apart from the low entrance fee, you only pay a small price for every ride. Moreover, the prices of the gastronomy are also much more appropriate than generally in Paris, although you are not so far away from the actual tourist destinations.


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A few hours in the great miniature world

Legoland Deutschland

If you leave the motorway in the direction of Legoland Deutschland in the Bavarian town of Günzburg, you are immediately confronted with Lego on a large scale. Here you don’t spill, but rather make bricks and blocks, and that in the most figurative sense of all. Legoland Deutschland, which opened in 2002, is already the second Legoland on German soil, after Legoland Sierksdorf, today’s Hansa Park, was not necessarily blessed with success in the mid-1970s due to its proximity to the original Legoland in Billund.

Power Builder

Located directly in the entrance area, the Lego City, a special experience awaits the visitors on the Power Builder. Several robots from the Augsburg company Kuka, equipped with a passenger carrier, are standing around in a hall. The ride is more or less exciting depending on the intensity level (level 1 – 5) and can be either roll-over or non-roll-over depending on the age of the passengers. There is also a possibility to program the ride, but I doubt if the extrapolated sum of the different possibilities is true.


Shaken, you can now continue your tour in the direction of the local knights’ area. In the central castle lives a dragon, which now and then strays into the kitchen to eat something. The partly funny, but very simply knitted story belongs to the Feuerdrache (fire dragon), a big Force Coaster from Zierer with a nice dark ride section, which has a rather nasty drop at the end, especially in the back rows. The actual roller coaster part is driven through quite fast and can be a real test of courage for the little visitors.


Next door is the Drachenjagd (dragon hunt), a roller coaster from the nearby manufacturer Gerstlauer for the very young guests of the park, which has a very surprising first gradient, as the passengers are simply pulled to the right. But don’t worry, children are only allowed to sit on the left side of the train. The ride itself is small, but it’s fast and beautifully designed. Especially the little dragon on the roof, which is haunted by fire from time to time, is very well done.


Pure evil awaits you on the mountain and valley railway Raupenritt, an Old Train from the Mack company. The ride itself would be rock solid, especially since it does not only turn forwards but also backwards, in combination with design elements of the company Lego however an almost merciless torture machine is created – at least for the adults. Children enjoy even such a ride without limits.

Dschungel X-Pedition

To relax a bit I went on the log flume Dschungel X-Pedition, a Reverse Boat Ride made by Intamin. The ride is designed as an expedition and consists of two shots, the first of which is done backwards, passing dinosaurs and threatening plants. The general degree of wetness is quite manageable, so that a ride for somewhat larger children is certainly as much fun as for the water-shy parents.

Captain Nick’s Piratenschlacht

Almost next door is the pirate area of Legoland Deutschland, where young pirates can go to the Piratenschule (pirate school) on a Rockin’ Tug and then compete in Captain Nick’s Piratenschlacht. This is the prototype of the popular Splash Battle by Mack, which has a layout that is too far stretched in some places, which is why you unfortunately don’t meet your opponents that often and the degree of wetness is accordingly limited.

Sea Life Atlantis

Relatively new at the time of the visit was the Sea Life Atlantis, an aquarium with design elements of the sunken city of Atlantis. After watching a well animated Lego short film in German and English the gates to the lost city open. Unfortunately you are out as fast as you came in, which is typical for all Sea Life aquariums of the Merlin Entertainments Group.

Project X – Teststrecke

Close to the 4D cinema, where a larger selection of worth seeing Lego style animation films is shown, you will find the two water rondel Wellenreiter, the somewhat odd-looking cup ride with the inventive name Techno Schleuder, and the Wild Mouse roller coaster Project X – Teststrecke. Like the Matterhornblitz at Europa Park, this one has a slightly different layout, with the emphasis on the shots rather than the hairpin bends.


The other attractions of the park, which are mostly suitable for children, have all been wonderfully staged, but the highlight of every Legoland is, as is well known, the Miniland, which is beautifully laid out in the middle of Legoland Germany. It is quite big and can show a lot of European motives besides numerous German buildings.

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Conclusion Legoland Deutschland

Legoland Deutschland is an extremely harmonious amusement park, which is well worth a visit, especially with younger children. Although adult visitors also get their money’s worth, one would have to ask oneself if the high prices still justify a visit. In connection with one or the other offer, one can visit the park without having to worry.


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