Run wild at Kurpfalz-Park
If your little ones (and not so little ones) feel as though they’ve been hibernating most of the winter and need a place to recharge their batteries, why not head outside? A mere 45-minute drive from the Kaiserslautern area in the charming village of Wachenheim, Kurpfalz-Park is now open for the season.
For budding zoologists, the park has several wildlife exhibits. Learn about native animals in Germany, such as lynxes and deer. Feel a rush of air as majestic birds swoop overhead at the falconry display. For Harry Potter fans, learn about the different owls of the area. Don’t worry — Errol won’t crash into your lunch.
Of course, it wouldn’t be an adventure park without, well … adventure! Run, jump and have a swashbuckling time at the Pirates’ Nest. This nautical-themed playground has four levels for kids to romp around. Another children’s area is located in the central part of the park and is suitable for kiddos of all ages.
For the older ones, take a ride on the Rotsteig Racer or the Kurpfalz Coaster. The 590-meters-long Rotsteig Racer is designed after a summer toboggan run. Top speeds reach approximately 15 km/h. If you have a need for more speed, hop on the Kurpfalz Coaster. Pushing 40 km/h, this alpine coaster is 600-meters-long and will have you giggling as you whizz through the forested landscape.
Know before you go
The park is open seven days a week, with varying hours of operation. The season runs through November 5, 2017. Admission is 15 euros for adults and 13 euros for children ages 4-14. Entry is free on your birthday, so be sure to bring your ID. Every Friday is Family Day — tickets are half-price for children with a regular adult admission. Season passes are also available.
If you purchase a ticket from now through April 30, 2017, you will receive a free ticket for a separate visit on a date of your choice between Oct. 1 and Nov. 5, 2017 (to include Halloween). As a reminder, the park does not accept credit cards, so be sure to bring plenty of euros.