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Ride Profile Rittersturz Wild water ride debuts

A small park in the west of Germany is making a big splash this season with the addition of the country’s steepest and fastest water ride courtesy of ABC Rides

Legend of

Laubachtal Zum Rittersturz’s name translates as “to Knight’s Fall”, inspired by the local legend of a knight who tripped on a rock in the Middle Ages in nearby Laubach. The ride also provides a nod to the Rittersturzbahn, a funicular railway that operated in the area from 1928 to 1960. In keeping with this history, the new ride at Wild-und-Freizeitpark Klotten has been given a medieval theme. Eventually the Hennes family plans to disguise the concrete tower building that supports the lifthill of both this ride and Heisse Fahrt by theming it as a giant castle.


ocated in the small town of Klotten near Koblenz, Wild-und-Freizeitpark is an animal and attraction park founded by the Hennes family in 1996. A massive investment followed in 2004 with the addition a Gerstlauer Bobsled Coaster and now, eight years on, managers Josef and Hubert Hennes have dug deep once again with the introduction of Zum Rittersturz. The attraction’s signature features are a vertical lift and humped drop that travels over and under the Bobsled Coaster (‘Heisse Fahrt’). The hump provides a moment of weightlessness before riders plunge down a 56° incline towards the water at up to 75km/h.

Featuring a combination of water channel and coaster track, the ride’s layout is 240 metres long. The 24-metre vertical lift is built by ABC to a patented design, and apparently requires minimum maintenance. A rotating tower section whisks boats to the top on a platform as a second platform is efficiently returned to the bottom ready for the next boat. The complete experience lasts around two-and-a- half minutes, providing hourly capacity is provided for almost 400 passengers. Each of the ride’s four boats accommodates six passengers, seated two-abreast and secured with lap bars. The minimum height requirement is 1.1-metres, making the attraction accessible to a wide spectrum of the park’s young guests. “Wild-und-Freizeitpark Klotten has created a new attraction that provides an extraordinary ride experience,” says ABC’s Willy Walser. “Nestled in the stunning Mosel countryside, visitors are invited to have the time of their lives as they follow in the steps of legendary knights!”


JULY 2012

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