Bavaria: Castle adventure park entertains the young ones

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Are you looking to wear out your children with a good day of entertainment and fun? Then, have I got the place for you.

The Adventure Park Castle Thurn, or Erlebnispark Schloss Thurn in German, is designed to captivate your childrens imaginations while keeping them on the move.

Castle Thurn offers a day of amusement rides, knight and cowboy shows, kids games, zoo animals, train rides and plenty of concession stands hawking ample amounts of sugar.

Dont be discouraged when you dont see tons of rides and amusements right off the bat. At Castle Thurn, you have to do some walking to get to the good stuff.

At the front gate, you have the choice to go right or left. Going left just brings you to a restaurant far from the fun. So I recommend going right, where visitors are greeted by a beautiful lake with fountains and, of course, a gift shop. If youve chosen to go right, youll cross a bridge and enter a dense wood with a coffee shop and some minor attractions before you reach a train station. You can jump on the train here or continue a bit farther on foot, because the fun starts just around the corner.

The first ride you come to will be kiddie-size slot cars. The next attraction is the "Old West," which features arcades, Bumper boat cars and museums hidden in an Old West-style village.

Then its game on for the kids with rides and games galore as you continue through the park. For an above-ground view of most of the park, jump on the Schwebebahn. The Schwebebahn station is hidden behind the first building on the left when you enter the "Old West."

If you continue on foot, the walking path will lead you to the Renaissance-style water castle. If youre looking for back-burning water slides, you wont find them here, however, there are plenty of smaller water rides to entertain young children that shouldnt get them wet. The park features paddle boats, bumper boats, a log ride and a dragon-shaped tour boat.

The park zoo offers mostly domestic animals, but there also are camels, lamas and some rare birds.

I recommend the park for kids ages 10 and younger, but children in the early teens may enjoy the shows and one or two of the rides. There is a knights show at the parks main arena, the Turnierplatz, featuring jousting and sword fighting. The cowboy show in the afternoon features a humorous rendition of an age-old cowboys-vs.-bandits story.

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