It took over a year to construct at a cost of $US2.7 million, but the world’s least-thrilling roller coaster is now open in Duisburg, Germany, ready for tourists looking to avoid thrills or anything exciting during their travels.
Rising 20m into the air, the ‘Tiger & Turtle – Magic Mountain’ was designed by artists Heike Mutter and Ulrich Genth to contrast the sense of speed usually associated with thrill rides (the tiger) with the slow, methodical steps (the turtle) needed to complete its 220m of coasterless track.
The coaster sits atop a hill 85m above sea level, so I’m sure it at least provides some lovely views of the surrounding countryside. And since you’re not racing along the track, pulling heavy Gs in the corners, it’s easy to stop and snap a photo at your leisure. As for that giant loop, I have no idea how that’s supposed to work. Maybe you just need to get a good running start? [Tiger & Turtle – Magic Mountain via MyModernMet]
Photos: AP Photo/Frank Augstein