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Schwur des Kärnan

Schwur des Kärnan

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roller coaster
Der Schwur des Kärnan
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Concept art
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Hansa-Park
Location Sierksdorf, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Park section The Realms of the North
Status Operating since 2015
Height restriction 130 cm (51 inches)
Statistics
Manufacturer Gerstlauer
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Type Steel
Model / product Infinity Coaster
Riders per train 16
Propulsion Vertical chain lift hill
Height239.5 feet
Drop219.8 feet
Top speed78.9 mph
Length4,051.8 feet
Inversions1
Steepest drop90°
Official websiteHELP

Der Schwur des Kärnan is a steel Infinity roller coaster located at Hansa-Park in Sierksdorf, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. It is the first hyper roller coaster built by Gerstlauer.

The ride opened in 2015. For the 2017 season, the brickwork was added to cover up the concrete tower.

Design[edit | edit source]

The roller coaster has a dark pre-lift section. The vertical lift and drop are enclosed in a 259.2 foot tall tower made of reinforced concrete. Green supports.

Model[edit | edit source]

Gerstlauer's website states that Der Schwur des Kärnan is an Infinity Coaster.

Trains[edit | edit source]

4 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 4 across in a single row for a total of 16 riders per train.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Der Schwur des Kärnan is German for "The Oath of Kärnan".

Notes[edit | edit source]

Der Schwur des Kärnan has a vertical reverse freefall drop during the vertical lift. As of the 2017 season, the reverse freefall drop was intensified.

Theme[edit | edit source]

Kärnan is a tower that is the only remaining structure of a medieval fortress built in Helsingborg, Scania, Sweden in the 1300s.

Long ago the Danish empire was ruled by the young king Erik VI (1274-1319), also known as Erik Menved. Being a cruel and self-absorbed ruler, his people and other kingdoms rose against him. King Erik vowed he would build a fortress so strong no one would be able to conquer it. He instructed his master builder to take out an oath to build an invincible fortress with a majestic keep. The old master builder wanted to help the people against their king but was held by his oath. He turned to magic to solve the problem. On the day the fortress, Kärnan, was completed, the master builder told the king it would ‘most likely be unconquerable’. To have it completely unconquerable a magic spell was needed; a spell that would come at a high price. The king, blinded by his need for the fortress to be perfect did not heed the warnings and spoke the spell the master builder gave him. But with every word he spoke it was as if pieces of his soul left him and flew into the fortress’s keep. When the spell was cast, the fortress had become unconquerable, but the king had suddenly become old and he died soon afterwards. No one since was able to conquer Kärnan and the king’s soul would only find salvation by an act of kindness he himself had never shown while still alive.