Freizeit-Land Geiselwind boasts 400,000 m² of space, making it Bavaria’s largest theme park in terms of size. Its more than 100 attractions include drop and gyro towers, log flumes and Germany’s only loop-the-loop rollercoaster featuring both forwards and backwards drive. This vast array of amusements is complemented by action-packed live shows, and if you’re looking for something slightly more laid-back, there’s even an ape reserve and petting zoo.
Nevertheless, the rollercoasters are the undeniable highlights of this theme park. The “Boomerang” loop-the-loop rollercoaster features both forwards and backwards drive – a feature unique in Germany. The “Drehgondelbahn” takes guests on a runaway mine train ride, racing past a waterfall, through misty mine caves and along the banks of a crystal-clear mountain lake, while the “Blaue Enzian” rollercoaster train also zips around the park’s lakes and gushing fountains.
Dinosaur land, bumper cars and petting zoo
The “Jumpin Star” is a great way for youngsters to try out the sensation of free fall. In addition, “Juniors Ballonfahrt” balloon ride, various slides and numerous play areas make this park immensely popular with younger kids. If you fancy stepping back in time to try the amusements of old, then both adults and kids will enjoy the big wheel and retro “Nostalgie-Karussell”. Car nuts usually head for the 110 km/h “KMG Speed” ride or the classic bumper cars for some destruction derby-style fun. The themed dinosaur land area is a fun and informative area of the park, featuring life-sized models and fascinating information about each species. Visitors can also feed and stroke the ponies, donkeys and goats in the park’s colourful petting zoo which is directly connected to the ape reserve. The latter memorably features a viewing platform for following the antics of the resident Barbary macaques. A lama enclosure is also being added from the 2017 season.
Plenty of food and drink options available
And if all the rides and white-knuckle action has your stomach rumbling after a while, then the Crazy-Kraken Taverne, Mandelhaus and Barbecue Pearl are all excellent choices for refuelling. If you’re looking for something more local, the Bierzelt Bavaria serves typical Bavarian fare like Leberkäse and pretzels. Visitors with a sweet tooth should look no further than the Eiskist, Café Chill Out or Naschkiste for some tasty treats.
Anniversary year 2019
For its 50th birthday, the theme park gets a whole new theme area: Drachenbucht (dragon bay). A play temple and water- and adventure playground are among the first things to be built. The Dragon Cave will add a new rollercoaster in darkness. Breakdance and Nautic Jets get a new look, and the 4D cinema Quadroscope also shines in new splendour. It screens the film 'Happy Family - The Ride'.
The park itself dates all the way back to 1969, when the businessman Ernst Mensinger opened a “fairy tale bird and pony park” in Geiselwind. The animals were free to roam here without any enclosures, giving visitors something akin to a safari experience. A few years later, the first rides were built and live shows presented, and the former animal park slowly transformed into a theme park over the course of time.
In 2016, the theme park was sold to the showman Matthias Mölter, who was quick to introduce a number of changes, including longer opening hours, fresh show concepts and new attractions like the haunted house and 20-metre family free-fall rid
How to get there
Geiselwind is directly next to the A3 Nuremberg-Würzburg motorway and even boasts its own exit.
- From Württemberg: Take the A81 and merge onto the A3 towards Nuremberg in Würzburg.
- From Thüringen and Saxony, Geiselwind is accessible via Meiningen-Schweinfurt (A71), Coburg-Bamberg (A 73) and Hof-Nuremberg (A9 / A70).
By public transport:
From Würzburg main station, you can take bus line 141 to Scheinfeld Post and from there continue on line 167 to the centre of Langenberg. It’s then around 15 minutes’ walk on foot from here to the theme park.
From Nuremberg main station, take a local train to Markt Bibart and then bus routes 141 and 167 to the theme park as described above.