Hansa-Park Sierksdorf is Germany’s only theme park by the sea. If you want to visit the park by the bay of Lübeck, be sure to allow for plenty of time: With 125 attractions spread across eleven themed areas and 460,000 square metres, it would take a mammoth effort to fit everything into a single afternoon. While the Thrill Rides area lives up to its name, it is contrasted by attractions like the relaxing Flower Magic boat tour in the Old-Time Fun Fair area. Elaborate shows, such as the Varieté Theater, further supplement the vast range of attractions.
Adventure Land is the place for speed freaks, with rides like the Crazy Mine rollercoaster that whizzes past mining scenes and plunges into pitch-black shafts. Things also take a dark turn with the Escape of Novgorod rollercoaster in the Lumberjacks’ Camp, and only the most courageous should pass through The Realms of the North. The reverse free fall from a height of more than 60 meters on The Oath of Kärnan is unique worldwide. The XXL Reverse Free Fall was recently added, which doubles the fall speed. And with rollercoasters like Nessie or the Royal Scotsman, the Thrill Rides area doesn’t disappoint.
(Time) traveling to foreign cultures
Nostalgia can be found in the Land of the Vikings, Old-Time Fun Fair and Bonanza City areas. The latter transports visitors back to the days of the Wild West and gold diggers. The Hanseatic League in Europe area also looks back in time – to the Europe of the Middle Ages. Those suffering from wanderlust will feel at home in the Fiesta del Mal area, where the motto is “fiesta instead of siesta” and you can drift down the river in a rubber boat. You shouldn’t be afraid of getting wet either when thundering down the ski jump-like Super Splash ride in the Water Fun area.
Children’s World for the youngest guests
Children’s World was designed with the park’s youngest visitors in mind. The little ones will have no shortage of entertainment thanks to the ball and bounce house, mini bumper cars and Störtebecker’s Rope Ladder Climb. The new Little Tsar ride at the Old-Time Fun Fair also allows smaller visitors to get their first taste of the rollercoaster experience. For a more peaceful setting, visit the Hansa Garden – where remote-controlled boats float on the lake and the viewing gallery of the Holstein Tower offers an unparalleled vista.
Move over Las Vegas: The shows at the theme park
The most popular show at Hansa Park is the Varieté Show. This is performed on northern Germany’s largest show stage in the Fiesta del Mal theme area and features impressive feats and acrobatics that can (almost) match those of Las Vegas. Those looking for a fright should look no further than the newly built Fantastic Cinema. Here, multi-dimensional effects create heightened tension during the showing of “Haunted Mansion 4D”. In the Water Fun area, you can watch Patagonian sea lions juggle balls and dart around in the pool. Also, beware of the talking fountain – it’s been known to spray water on cheeky visitors!
The same variety that Hansa Park offers with its attractions is carried over to its range of food. Each themed area boasts several restaurants and kiosks. Freshly baked waffles await you at Elin’s Vafflejern in the Land of the Vikings. Sweet snacks like cotton candy and candy apples are available from the almond carriage in the Old-Time Fun Fair area. Visitors are also allowed to bring their own food to the park. The park has numerous picnic areas, lawns and terraces spread throughout the grounds where visitors are welcome to take a break. You can even have a BBQ at the Trapper’s Camp next to The Oath of Kärnan.
Hansa Park opened on the site of the former German Legoland in 1977. At the time, Hansa Park was called Hansaland and attracted visitors with its dolphinarium, white-water ride and Bonanza City – the park’s western-themed area. Before its renaming in 1987, the site added further attractions like the Flying Dutchman and Super Splash, which still exist today.
In 1983, the construction of the theatre added a venue that has been used by TV stars like Frank Elstner for their own shows down the years. In 2017, Hansa Park is celebrating its 40th anniversary with new attractions like the high flying Kärnapulten, where visitors can determine the intensity of the ride themselves.
How to get there
By car: Travelling from Hamburg, take the A1 towards Lübeck / Puttgarden. Take exit 14 “Neustadt i. H. / Mitte” and follow signs for Hansa Park. At Hansa Park, turn right into the car park.
By public transport: Hansa Park is also easy to reach by train. Visitors can purchase a combination ticket from Deutsche Bahn that includes both the train fare and admission. When traveling by train, head for Sierksdorf station which is just a ten-minute walk from the park.