doesn't have an amusement park to call it's own, so the main thrill
ride is this Alpine Coaster, found at a ski center in Park
Szczesliwicki. To get there I took tram 9 (you have to purchase several
travel tickets from a kiosk in advance, and validate them when you get
on the tram) going West from the Centrum Metro and train station area
to a stop called Dickensa. From there it was about a 10 minute walk
along the road going North-West to Park Szczesliwicki. The ski center
is further along the road where you need to go in to the large entrance
building to buy your ride tickets, before heading back out and round to
the Alpine Coaster.
those wondering this is a full circuit version. This means I would
count it as a roller coaster, rather than a slide style thrill ride.
After the initial long climb up to the hill lift you enter the first
part of the decent. This part comes as a shock at first, as you can't
see it from the station or lift. It's a double helix which is scary due
to it being located high up the hill, above a load of trees, which
create the illusion of you being higher than you really are. When you
feel this high up, while whizzing around in a small plastic car with
just a seatbelt it makes you fell very precarious up there.
the helix if follows a more traditional formula for the middle part of
the descent as the track follows the ground down the slope. The large
amount of foliage around the track does a good job of enhancing
the excitement by restricting your view of what's ahead.
The coup de grace of the ride though is the final section. To get the
most out of this section you need to have practiced a few times, so you
know the layout, and
you need to be brave enough to keep the breaking to a minimum. If you
do this the sensation of speed created becomes incredible, creating one
of the most out of control sensations I've experienced on any ride I've
It's a shame this ride is off the more traditional coaster routes,
meaning it's unlikely to ever be part of a major coaster trip. If
though you are in Warsaw for whatever reason finding a couple of hours
to visit this is a must do for a coaster enthusiast.