Alpenexpress Enzian

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Alpenexpress Enzian
Europapark Alpenexpress.jpg
Previously known as Grottenblitz
Park section Austria
Coordinates 48°15′43″N 7°43′22″E / 48.262082°N 7.722831°E / 48.262082; 7.722831
Status Operating
Opening date 1984
General statistics
Type Steel – Powered – Virtual reality
Manufacturer Mack Rides
Model Custom
Height 6 m (20 ft)
Length 264 m (866 ft)
Speed 45 km/h (28 mph)
Inversions 0
Duration 1:40
Capacity 1100 riders per hour
Height restriction 100 cm (3 ft 3 in)
Trains Single train with 10 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 40 riders per train.
Alpenexpress Enzian at RCDB
Pictures of Alpenexpress Enzian at RCDB

Alpenexpress Enzian (formerly Grottenblitz) is a powered roller coaster with optional virtual reality manufactured by Mack Rides in Europa-Park in Rust, Germany. It is located in the Austria section of the park, and was built in 1984. Alpenexpress was the first roller coaster built at the park.


The Alpenexpress train has 10 cars which can accommodate 38 people (four per car, two per row). Each car is equipped with an electric motor which draws power from rails situated between the tracks. The motors drive wheels which run on a third rail in the center of the tracks. The ride is 250 metres (820 ft) in length and has a speed of approximately 45 kilometres per hour (28 mph). It has a capacity of 1100 people per hour and a ride time of 1 minute 40 seconds.

Virtual Reality[edit]

Alpenexpress Coastiality is an optional, pay-per-ride virtual reality experience on Alpenexpress. The system was developed by Mack Rides and VR Coaster and was introduced in September 2015. Each ride at opening cost an extra €2 per person. Riders wear wireless Samsung Gear VR headsets with a selection of four experiences.


Initially the ride turns sharply right, then into a left-hand helix into the "Magic World of Diamonds", an artificial cave with a mine theme - this cave is shared with the Tirol Log Flume ride. The ride takes a sharp turn to the right out of the cave and back into the station. Normally the ride operates for two laps.


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