Would you dare ride Europe’s scariest water slides?

Would you dare ride Europe’s scariest water slides?

by Karen Bradbury
Stripes Europe

How do you get your thrills? If you’re always on the lookout for something higher, faster and steeper, you just might find that a water slide ticks all your boxes. Water parks scattered across Europe cater to the brave of heart with the latest generations of slides featuring heart-stopping plunges, twists and special effects. For now, satisfy your need for speed with a peek at some of these superlative slides, and when you can get to one of these, you’ll know exactly where to go:

L2 Doppellooping, Wörgler Wasserwelt, Wörgl, Austria

This park in the Austrian state of Tyrol some 15 miles south of the German border is home to the L2 Double Loop, the world's first double-looping water slide. When the trap door in the tiny cabin opens, riders experience a “rocket launch” effect, a 45-foot, nearly free fall followed by two loops and a 300-degree curve before hitting the landing pool. On the odd occasion when a rider lacks the momentum to get over the loop, a safety control system blocks a second slider from entering, and an escape flap allows the stuck rider to exit safely. The ride is for those ages 14 and older only.

To ride virtually, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MU9bZu9OSNw

Stukas Boom, Caneva the Waterpark, Verona, Italy

This combination water and theme park on the southeastern shore of Lake Garda offers a Caribbean island-themed relaxation area and slides the whole family can enjoy. The park is also home to Stukas Boom, a 105-foot high slide renowned for its steep free-fall descent. Once the trap door beneath your feet opens up, it will take you only around three seconds to reach the bottom. A pair of slides built parallel to one another allow two friends to experience the ride simultaneously.

To ride virtually, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYyiKsNy0fo

Captain Spacemaker, Caribe Bay, Aqualandia, Lido di Jesolo, Italy

Towering at 137 feet, the outdoor Captain Spacemaker is the tallest slide in Europe. Hop on board a rubber dinghy capable of accommodating up to four riders at a time and achieve speeds of up to 60 mph, thanks to the behemoth’s 60-degree incline. Your ride is recorded on video, which you can then have sent to your email address free of charge, giving you not only bragging rights but the footage to back your claims.

To ride virtually, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hixRWlktdHQ

Doppellooping Pegasus II, Kristall Palm Beach, Stein, Germany

This large water park just outside Nuremberg offers indoor and outdoor fun year around and includes a textile-free thermal area. Its massive slide area is divided into two zones, Space Center and Future World. The Double Looping Pegasus II, for those ages 12 and over only, begins from a height of 62 feet. Once the glass cabin opens to release its passenger, an extremely steep, 46-foot long descent is followed by two loops. Riders can expect to reach speeds of up to 43 miles per hour.

To ride virtually, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WeGztm1F7H0

Galaxy Water Slide World, Therme Erding, Erding, Germany

Europe's largest slide park offers both the timid and the brave 27 water slides to choose from, including the Magic Eye, which at nearly 1200 feet in length is billed as the world’s longest tube slide. Four of the park’s slides are billed as extreme level, including The Big Wave, Germany's first open-air tube slide. The ride starts with the sensation of a roller coaster drop and follows it up with the sensation of swinging back and forth on a halfpipe. The ride is for those ages 10 and above only, and opens only when the temperatures climb above 64 degrees.

To ride virtually, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KX2CdEHQoe8

AdrenaLoop, Bade- und Saunawelt Calypso, Saarbrücken, Germany

This park has five slides promising to give thrill seekers what they’re after, including the AdrenaLoop. Once the trap door opens, a 32-foot, nearly freefall drop is followed by a loop. Riders achieve speeds of up to 34 miles per hour on the ride, which is over and done in the space of ten seconds. Riders must be age 10 or above.

To ride virtually, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfBae_uxL6A

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