Whether you’re slowly climbing that 300-foot chain lift hill or racing out of the station on the freeway faster than a sports car, roller coasters are very effective at attracting thrill seekers and the brave for a quick adrenaline rush. Usually, the logo of any amusement park is the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the area. Or theme parks might advertise the number of times their roller coaster reverses, or the amount of time the ride puts the rider through high levels of gravity.
Sometimes, however, the key to marketing roller coasters is to design something really weird, so much so that you wonder if you’re looking at a real roller coaster or a Photoshop passion project with clickbait posters. So here’s a list of roller coasters from Hanseatic Park in Germany, which has no problem making a statement.
At first glance, Der Schwur des Kärnan looks like an impressive and almost normal-looking ride. Reaching a height of 239-feet tall with a top speed of 78 mph, Kärnan, as it is often referred to, is located in Germany’s Hansa Park and was built in 2015 by German manufacturer Gerstlauer.
Kärnan’s weirdness, however, is secretly tucked into the structure surrounding its lift hill. The ride takes its riders up that 200-foot-plus chain lift at a 90-degree angle… before dropping its riders backward once it reaches the top, only to start climbing up the hill a second time. For real this time. To top that off, the ride has a secret, hidden barrel roll, right after the last (or, I suppose second-to-last) break run, right as soon as the ride re-enters the fortress structure—a sure surprise for anyone caught off guard by thinking the ride’s over!