Location: Gothenburg, Sweeden
Liseberg is a Swedish amusement park owned and operated by the municipality of Gothenburg, where it is located. The park officially opened in 1923, but it has a rich history leading up to its official opening as an amusement park. A landowner by the name of Johan Anders Lamberg christened his property after his wife Elizabeth. It became known as Lisas Berg ("Lisa's Mountain" in English) in 1752. The name eventually morphed into Liseberg. The city of Gothenburg bought the property in 1908. In 1923, the city commemorated its 300-year anniversary with an Exhibition, which included officially opening the park. Attractions, which were originally intended to be temporary for the Exhibition, included fun slides and a 980 ft long wooden Kanneworffska Funicular, which is an inclined plane ride (or a cliff railway). The ride was demolished in 1987. The park was such as success, the city decided to keep it open. Now Liseberg Park is one of the most popular amusement parks in Scandinavia and has arguably some of the most sought after thrill rides of coaster enthusiasts in the world.
Among some of the notable buildings one could find at Liseberg in 1935, the Liseberg Bath was a pool was that was well beyond the technology of the time as it had underwater lights and artificial waves. Rotundan, now known as Rondo was one of the largest dance halls in Europe in 1940. In 1947 and 1959 respectively, Hotell Liseberg Heden and the Princess Birgitta flower exhibition opened so that park goers could enjoy the beautiful park scenery and gardens. Then in 1977, Honor Place was begun. This is a place where celebrity hand imprints are displayed. There are also campsites and a harbor overlooking the park. At Christmas-time Liseberg opens a Christmas market. Meet Santa Claus or as they call him in Sweden, “Father Christmas”. Guests can try a smörgåsbord, called Julbord, at one of the restaurants in the park. The park sets the atmosphere for the holidays each Christmas with many beautiful lights.
In terms of thrill rides, the park continues to expand. Currently, Liseberg has five operating roller coasters. Their oldest coaster is a Schwartzkopf mine train called Lisebergbanan. This 1987 classic reaches speeds of 50 mph along its over 5000 feet of track length.
Liseberg Park spent much of the late 1980s up to the early 2000s clearing out the park of older coasters, one of which was notable, Hangover (1997-2002) as the first Vekoma Invertigo installation, getting ready for what was to be a boom to their coaster collection later in the decade starting with one of their shining stars!
Balder arrived in 2003. This Intamin wooden coaster reaches speeds of nearly 56 mph on an over 3500 ft track. It is 118 ft tall and is an award winner all around. In 2005, the park added Kanonen, another Intamin gem. Kanonen is a hydraulic-launch coaster that reaches a speed of 46 mph in just 3 seconds. Liseberg wasn’t done yet! Rabalder (2009) was added to the park’s collection for the children. This Zierer coaster is one everyone can enjoy. The most recent addition to the park’s collection of coasters, and one that has enthusiasts very excited is Helix. This 2014 Mack Rides steel coaster has seven inversions and multiple times where riders experience negative-g forces.
The park claims that “beautiful memories are created there every summer”. It might be worth it to stop and find out since the ride collection, the gardens, and architecture seem full of the promise of thrills and beauty as advertised for sure!
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