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Colossos (Heide Park)
Colossos is a wooden roller coaster at Heide Park in Soltau, Lower Saxony, Germany. It is the first wooden roller coaster to use prefabricated track. Colossos is currently the tallest wooden roller coaster in the world.
Colossos is very different from a traditional wooden roller coaster because it is prefabricated. Instead of trackers cutting, shaping, and laying down the track by hand, the track is laser cut in a factory, achieving a higher degree of precision than could ever be done by hand. It is also made so that it snaps together like Lego pieces. The track also is made of more layers of wood that are tightly bonded together instead of being traditionally nailed together by hand. This has three major benefits, two for the park and the other for the riders.
The "Plug and Play" aspect of the coaster speeds construction, since track does not have to be completely manufactured on site. In addition, building costs are lowered due to fewer man-hours being required. The riders benefit from a coaster, that while being wooden, is nearly steel smooth. However, some roller coaster enthusiasts may find that aspect to take away from the ride since it would not have the same character as a traditional wooden roller coaster. Three other prefabricated wooden roller coasters have since been built, Balder at Liseberg, El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure, and T Express at Everland in South Korea.
Independent Evangelical Lutheran Church
The Independent Evangelical-Lutheran Church (German: Selbständige Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche, abbreviated SELK) is a confessional Lutheran church body of Germany. It is a member of the European Lutheran Conference and a member of the International Lutheran Council (ILC) (of which the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod of North America is also a member). The SELK synod has about 36,000 members in 200 congregations. The seat of SELK is in Hanover.
In 1817, King Frederick William III of Prussia ordered the Lutheran and Reformed churches in his territory to unite, forming the Evangelical Church of the Prussian Union, a predecessor to today's Union of Evangelical Churches. As the uniting of Lutheran and Reformed Christians in Germany proceeded, some Lutheran groups dissented and formed independent churches, especially in Prussia, Saxony, Hanover and Hesse. These Lutherans held that Reformed doctrine and Lutheran doctrine are contradictory on many points (especially on the nature of the Real Presence of Christ in the Lord's Supper), and that such doctrinal differences precluded altar fellowship. So in the 1820s and 1830s Lutherans in Prussia and their congregations formed a new Lutheran church, in 1845 recognised by the king as Evangelical Lutheran Church in Prussia, seated in Breslau and presided over by the Supreme Church Collegial Body (Oberkirchenkollegium).
The confessional Lutherans were persecuted during the first half of 19th century by the state. Many of them were not allowed to hold church services or have their children baptized or confirmed according to the liturgy of the Lutheran Church. In some areas of Germany, it took decades until the Confessional Lutherans were granted religious freedom.
In 1972 most of the Confessional Lutheran Church bodies in West Germany united to form the SELK. In 1991 the East German Evangelisch-Lutherische (altlutherische) Kirche (the Evangelical-Lutheran (Old-Lutheran) Church) joined the SELK.
The Heide Park Resort (German: Heide-Park Resort) is a theme park in Soltau, Lower Saxony, Germany. With an overall area of over 850,000 m² (210 acres), it is one of the biggest German amusement parks and the biggest in Northern Germany. The theme park is part of the British-based Merlin Entertainments. The current manager of the park is Hannes W. Mairinger.
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Up until 1992 Soltau was the headquarters of the 7th Armoured Brigade. They were based at the former SS Riding School on the outskirts of town (Reitschule). This is now a business center, used for doctors' practices and social institutions. The erstwhile riding school also contains the "Alte Reithalle" (old indoor riding hall), which has been developing to the most significant indoor event location after its finished restoration in 2003. The base was the home for 207 Signal Squadron and 11 Ordnance company. It was the most northerly posting for any British serviceman in BAOR (British Army Of the Rhine) in what was formerly known as West Germany. Armoured vehicles were regularly seen on the streets on their way to the military training area at Lüneburg (Lüneburg vacation rentals | Lüneburg travel guide). The squadron had three troops, two of which were armoured, using variants of the FV432 for telecommunication purposes. The soldiers were given the freedom of the town after returning from the first Gulf War in 1991. They marched through the town to mark the occasion.
Things to See in Soltau
North German Toy Museum
St. John's Church
Heritage Country Park in Breidingsgarten
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More about the History of Soltau
The first written document mentioning Soltau dates from the year 937. In the year 1388 Soltau received city rights. Until 1977 Soltau was the capital of the district Soltau, which was then merged with the district Fallingbostel to form the new district Soltau-Fallingbostel.
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Soltau is a town in the Lüneburg Heath in district of Soltau-Fallingbostel, in Lower Saxony, Germany.
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