Silky smooth rollercoaster based on the legend of the first Duke of Poland
|Opened||1 July 2017|
|Max Speed||59 mph|
Lech Coaster opened in 2017 as the largest rollercoaster both at Legendia, and in the whole of Poland. The record only stood for a year before being taken by Hyperion at nearby Energylandia, but Lech remains a coaster more than worthy of attention.
The rollercoaster stands on the far side of Legendia's lake, which provides a superb setting and means that Lech is easily visible from around the park.
Legendia have gone to town on the ride's theming, which includes a large castle that acts both as the ride station and gift shop. It all fits nicely with the ride's storyline, which is based on a Polish legend about Lech, the first Duke of Poland. Through unsuccessfully attempting to capture a young Eagle from its mother, he learned the importance of defending the things you love and realised it was his duty to defend his Polish homelands. And thus, the eagle became the badge of Poland and appears on the nation's flag.
The ride is manufactured by Vekoma, and is the first installation of their new Bermuda Blitz model. For many years, Vekoma's large coasters have been viewed as rough and inferior to the premier league of rollercoasters (see their SLCs!). However, no more are they playing second fiddle to their rivals: Lech Coaster is very smooth and it seems that at last Vekoma have perfected their track design! They certainly use their new technology well here - the ride features some great elements including four inversions, a forceful turn low across the lake water, and a spectacular station fly through.
If anything, the only problem with Lech Coaster is that it is too intense in parts, and it is easy to greyout during the ride. The smoothness makes it heaps of fun, but its forcefulness makes it difficult to re-ride too often.
Most of Lech Coaster's track runs over the lake
A train at the top of the lift hill
About to leave the lift
Descending the first drop
Upside down again
Turning over Legendia's lake
Station flythrough element
The train passes the giant Eagle theming
Flying through the station
Nice detailing on the seatbacks
The themed queueline
Lech Coaster has won an award from the German FKF group
Lech Coaster in its lakeside setting