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Die Rattenmühle im Familypark Neusiedlersee. © Familypark Neusiedlersee
© Familypark Neusiedlersee

Tuesday, July 09, 2013 | This article is listed in the sections Amusement parks and Magazine.

Rats go wild

Familypark Neusiedlersee, the largest amusement park in Austria, has been providing a special attraction since 7th June 2013. "Rattenmühle" (German for rat mill) is the first Gerstlauer roller coaster on Austrian soil. With their noses held up high, the wacky grey rodents are conquering the hearts of young and old alike.

Die Rattenmühle im Familypark Neusiedlersee. © Familypark Neusiedlersee
© Familypark Neusiedlersee
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The park's newest attraction reminds of a Wild Mouse – a term that really fits – roller coaster, because the characteristic feature are tight curves that make visitors feel as though they were plunging off of the device, speedy downhill rides and steep turns are also included. A top speed of more than 50 kilometres per hour and a spectacular 180 degree curve additionally get the adrenalin pumping. It is not surprising at all that the family coaster is not only highly appreciated by little, but also by grown-up coaster freaks - another reason to visit Familypark Neusiedlersee situated in Burgenland, the country's easternmost state.

Children are particularly drawn by the comical design of the wagons which really look like rats. Every single hair of the fur is clearly visible, as well as the adventuresome curled tail, little paws, that hold the steering rudder tightly, and the black tip of the nose; the latter is the highest point of the coaster. "Rattenmühle" has a length of 430 metres and overcomes a height difference of approximately 19 metres. A distinctive features that sets it apart from "Gätterblitz", the other roller coaster at Familypark Neusiedlersee, is the shape of the wagons that speed through the course like wild rats. The Bobsled coaster does not go in for the classic coaster train, but provides as-airy-as-possible vehicles, which can seat up to four riders, instead, allowing both rows equally to enjoy a fun-filled ride.

Rattenmühle Onride

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