Snowworld isn’t just snow anymore.
The new outdoor adventure center just opened in May 2012, and is a great reason to visit SnowWorld. It is a giant ropes challenge course, with two levels built on telephone poles and a 5-stage zip line.
The website says that the climbing course will take 2-3 hours to go through and they aren’t kidding. We went through the lower level of the course and the zip line and it took us 2.5 hours. You do spend some time waiting on people in front of you to progress, but as long as you aren’t behind a large group, you should be good. Overall, the experience was a good one and we will definitely be back.
Some words of caution:
*Wear sunscreen – There is very little shade in the climbing park, and you’ll be out there for quite a while.
*Brake on the zip line – The zip lines aren’t designed like the ones in the states that slow you down before you get to the end. There is a pad at the end, but you’ll want to slow down before you get to it. Your only brake is pulling down on your tie-in, which is just metal on metal contact so this method won’t leave you stranded in the middle of the zip line even if you brake as hard as possible.
The course costs about 20 euro for adults and 17 euro for kids up to 12 years old. There is a height restriction of 1.4 meters and you must wear some sort of tennis shoes, but those were the only restrictions I could find. There is also an alpine coaster that costs 2.50 per ride or can be combined with the climbing park ticket at a discount. The alpine coaster is definitely better than I expected. I like roller coasters so I thought this coaster would be tame, but it is surprisingly thrilling.
There are three restaurants on the ground level: self-service, an a-la carte restaurant and a fondue restaurant. There are also several bars.
For more information, see Snoworld’s Outdoor website: http://www.snowworld.com/2621/Outdoor
Other activities at SnowWorld:
*There is a gym and spa upstairs. The English side of the website is lacking information on this service. The Dutch side gives a listing. Just copy-paste into Google translate. Their prices are pretty reasonable.
*SnowWorld’s Indoor Ski Slopes: It’s next door, so if it’s too hot to climb ropes, cool down on the slopes!
Other things to see in Landgraaf:
GaiaZoo: The zoo is fairly close to SnowWorld. Their collection includes rhinos, giraffes, gorillas and many more. The zoo is free for 0-3 year olds, 15.50 Euro for kids under 10 and 18.50 for adults
Continuum: Located in Kerkrade, Continuum looks like it’s a children’s museum/science museum. Entry is free for 0-3 year-olds, 8.50 Euro for 4-17 year-olds and 11 Euro for adults. The Dutch Museum Card allows free entrance.