Slagharen Park is located very close to Nordhorn directly at the German-Netherlands border and was founded in 1963 by Henk Bemboom under the name Pony Slagharen (the pony area survived until today). Back then the park was owned by the family Bemboom and has a big swimming pool in the middle used mainly by locals.
In March 2012 the park was sold to the Spanish theme park group Parques Reunidos and now has more than forty fast-paced exciting and diverse attractions in a beautiful area of 125 acres. Also visitors who wish to stay for a little longer will be able to enjoy a nearby resort with various accommodation and entertainment options suitable for short holidays in the region. In 2011 the park attracted only 1.45 million visitors and employed about 1,000 people, but this mid-sized family park has potential soon be one of Europe’s leading resorts. Latest reports point to a new giant covert area to open in 2015.
The park has 6 themed areas: Indian, Yellowstone, New Orleans, Mexican, Wild West and Jules Adventureland (named after the French writer Jules Verne) but mainly consists of two parts connected by the main street with shops and restaurants. There are a large number of old funfair rides (the parked turned 50 years in 2013), two roller coasters (Thunder Run and the Mine Train), a lazy river (Ripsaw Falls) and a special pool for guests of the resort, Rocky Mountain Springs. From the entrance, the right part has the busiest attractions such as the Apollo Hover, Enterprise and Free Fall. On the left you will find the classic Thunder Run, the Wild West Adventure, Tomahawk and from 2013 the Flying Cloud, also known as the Dream Boat. There is also a cable car station at the Apollo and the Kids Country.
One of the highlights of the park is Miracle of Lights, a parade and closing show, starting at 6 p.m., with lasers, fountains, projections, optical illusions, fireworks, live artists and mood music. Other shows included a Circus tent (but the performers were terrible uninspired!!!) and 4 D cinematic projection for Robin Hood (fortunately an international version because I don’t understand a word in Dutch…).
We visit after Christmas in December 2013 on a freezing day and the park has only packed in the afternoon. The park was perfectly clean and isn’t that expensive compared to other parks (7€ for adult online tickets!). Food has very nice (I suggest a stop in the Asian restaurant on Main Street). The car park could be better preserved and one of the payment machines was broken.
In 2017 Slagharen opened Gold Rush, the first triple launch coaster in the Netherlands. The new roller coaster takes visitors back in time for gold fever era at 90 km/hour maximum velocity. The ride is based on the story of James W. Marshall a miner that found first gold in California in 1848.
Slagharen has really something undeniably special. I don’t know if it is for the many old rides or for the light show, but without a doubt you can spend a great day there!.
By Carlos Canaes and Ana Alegria. Updated 14/05/2017
Location: Zwarte Dijk 37, 7776 PB Slagharen, Netherlands
Opens all yearTop Rides
Thunder Run, Mine Train, Ripsaw Falls, Apollo Hover
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