Tivoli Gr na Lund
Lilla allmänna gränd 9, Stockholm, Sweden
Tivoli Gr na Lund Stockholm Reviews
small amusement park within city limits Aug 23, 2008
One of the main attractions in Stockholm is Djurgården, the royal playground situated on an island east of Stockholm's center.
And on this large urban parkland you will find the Tivoli Gröna Lund theme park. Like Tivoli in Copenhagen it is open all year round with many festivals and activities.
Entrance to this park is a hefty 70 SEK. Hefty considering that this will only get you inside the park and once inside you will still have to pay for the rides and attractions. This can be done in two ways, by using coupons (each ride costs 1-4 coupons) or an unlimited ride wristband.
The park was opened in 1883 but very little remains of that era. Unlike, say, Blackpool Pleasure Beach in the UK Gröna Lund has always updated its rides and always tried to be cutting edge with new things, like the 60-metre high Fritt Fall, which is Europe's highest free fall drop tower.
The three roller coasters in the park are remarkably good considering the size of them. None of them has any inversions though.
The newest of the three, Kvasten, is actually the least interesting. It is an inverted coaster, but runs so slowly that it more resembles a gentle magic carpet ride than a coaster.
The other two on the other hand... Jetline, a blue coaster which was opened in the early eighties and has welcomed over a million visitors since, was a very pleasant and unexpected surprise. The ride lasts much longer than expected, because it doesn't look all that big due to the way it's been built. But it just keeps twisting and turning, utilising every single bit of space it has.
The first high drop isn't particularly fast or steep, but it is cool that you go down in a straight line, into a little tunnel, coming out on the other end to make a long turn over the water. It is the second drop that is the surprise though. Most of the coaster is built so compact that you can't really see where it goes, so the second drop, dropping down at nearly 90 degrees straight, is the one that will give you the most thrills.
The Vilda Musen is a wild mouse rollercoaster, but also with a twist. It has been built much higher than a normal wild mouse coaster, and wile the drops don't go all the way down to the ground, the added height does add to the excitement. Furthermore, the ride is much, much longer than any wild mouse I have ever ridden.
For the rest the park is filled with fairground like attractions, like bumper cars of the typical nausea inducing turning rides.
If you like roller coasters it is definitely worth buying a 20-coupon book to ride the three coasters a few times, and spend a couple of hours in the park during your day on the island.
Part of the Scandanavian Road Trip 2008 travel blog
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