Being a kid once again

Right next to the Movie Park Germany  there is a small but very fine family park on the the grounds of the late-baroque summer palace Schloss Beck dating back to 1771. Over the time, the castle increasingly fell into disrepair until, in 1965, the Küchenmeister family bought the estate and subsequently renovated it. In order to cover the costs, some playground equipment was put into the garden, which still today accounts the largest part of the family leisure park.

Separated by a small river the park is splitted into two areas. On the main site of the amusement park there are the eponymous castle, various restaurants, a small electric horse rink, some historic carousels, a simulator, and the original playground with all its play equipment – all of which are very fun, but sometimes also very bizarre.

On the other side of the river the larger rides are housed, as well as all self-operating rides by Heege. These are mandatory for every park of this size and are tons of fun; luckily at Schloss Beck, these rides are free to use. Since the larger attractions opened a little later, the Luna Loop, Nautic Jet, the two slides, and the Sky Dive cable car were extensively tested. The dinghy slide, which is manually started and which offers two different and quite wet slopes to the visitors, is particularly worth mentioning.

Since 1987 the park offers with the Familienachterbahn a wild ride for its younger park guests. After a covered left turn and the lift hill, the layout features a steep curve followed by a slope to which a downward leading helix attaches. Shortly thereafter, you cross the first drop in another right-hander. Immediately after you find yourself back in the station. The whole ride, with the track layout in the form of an eight, now repeats itself several times before you can get out of the ladybug designed train. Interestingly, the prototype of this roller coaster was located in the neighboring Traumlandpark on the site of today’s Movie Park Germany. Unfortunately it is now scrapped.

Despite the constant direct – but never really constant – competition next door Schloss Beck has managed to make a name for itself with a focus on families with smaller children. For many families, the park is certainly the better choice between the two Feldhausen amusement parks, after all, the children can steam themselves off with ease without being exposed to long queues.