Gröna lund

Entertainment & Arts

Europe, Sweden, Stockholm

Tivoli Gröna Lund (lit. The Green Grove) or Grönan is an amusement park in Stockholm, Sweden. It is located on the seaward side of the Djurgården island and is relatively small compared to other amusement parks, mainly due to its central location, which limits expansion. Gröna Lund is a popular venue for concerts during the summer. The amusement park has over 30 attractions. Gröna Lund was founded in 1883 by James Schultheis. Gröna Lund features most attractions common to amusement parks, such as the tunnel of love, a funhouse, as well as six roller coasters, including Jetline designed by Anton Schwarzkopf. Gröna Lund is also known for its rock and pop music concerts; the capacity record is held by Bob Marley who attracted 32,000 people in 1980, which had been his third performance at the venue, already having played in 1977 and 1978. It is quite unique in the sense that most of the buildings on the site are old residential and commercial structures dating from the 19th century. The buildings are therefore not built for the park, instead, the park is built around the buildings. The park is owned by Parks & Resorts Scandinavia AB since 2006 controlled by the Tidstrand family. Gröna Lund grew up in the 1880s, which makes it Sweden's oldest amusement park. In 1883, a German by the name Jacob Schultheiss rented the area to erect "carousels and other amusements", and until 2001 descendants of Schultheiss ran Gröna Lund. Before the amusement park, Gröna Lund was the name of a small park and later of a restaurant at this site. In 2011 Gröna Lund will be adding a brand new wooden roller coaster. The rollercoaster will be 50(ft) tall, 1574(ft) long, and will go 37.9 (mph). The roller coaster will be designed by pioneers in wooden coaster design, Gravity Group. The coaster will be the park's seventh operational coaster and the only wooden coaster operating.