Higher, faster, more fun – the Europa-Park in Rust reports a new visitor record with 5.7 million guests in 2019. Those who love amusement parks are spoiled for choice all over Europe. Our favorites:
Europa-Park in Rust, Germany
5.7 million guests visited Europa-Park in southern Baden-Württemberg in 2019. It remains Germany’s most popular amusement park. It offers more than 100 attractions in 15 European themed worlds. Roller coasters like the Blue Fire accelerate to 100 km / h in 2.5 seconds. Latest access: the indoor water world “Rulantica” with Scandinavian flair opened at the end of November 2019.
Disneyland Paris, France
In 1992 the characters and worlds of the Disney films were brought to life here. Anyone who has ever wanted to shake hands with Minnie and Mickey Mouse has the opportunity to do so in the French capital. Around 15 million visitors flock to the park every year. It is huge: around 2000 hectares – a fifth of the area of Paris!
Vienna Prater, Austria
The Prater, a green area in the middle of Vienna. Here is one of the world’s oldest amusement parks, called Wurstelprater, which has been the model for many subsequent parks over the past 250 years. Every year, over four million visitors flock to the Prater’s show stands and rides. A highlight is the 65 meter high Ferris wheel, the symbol of Vienna.
Gardaland in Castelnuovo del Garda, Italy
Gardaland is very detailed, with the magic tree at the center of the fantasy world. This is where the park mascot, the dragon Prezzemolo, lives in German parsley. Around 2.75 million visitors come to the park on Lake Garda every year. It has over 40 attractions, which are divided into four thematic areas: Adrenaline, Adventure, Fantasy and Water Worlds.
PortAventura in Salou, Spain
Spain’s largest amusement park, PortAventura in the south of Barcelona, is divided into various thematic areas, including Mediterrània and Polynesia. The park is popular with both tourists and locals, with around 3.5 million visitors every year. Since 2007 there has been one of the fastest roller coasters in Europe: the Furius Baco reaches 135 kilometers per hour.
Zoomarine Algarve in Guia, Portugal
The stars of Zoomarine in Guia, Portugal are not roller coasters, but marine animals: dolphins, seals, seals and sea lions, who perform their tricks in various shows. Parrots also live in the park and venture onto the stage. In a large swimming pool with wave pool and water slides, bipeds can also jump into the water.
Alton Towers in Farley, UK
The park is hidden in the hinterland of England, in the north of Birmingham. In the middle is a Gothic castle ruin called Alton Towers, after which the park was named. Inside the building is the Hex attraction, where visitors have to break an old spell. In addition to various subject areas, there is a botanical garden. From here you have a wonderful view of the castle.
Efteling in Kaatsheuvel, the Netherlands
Dragons, trolls, elves: Efteling is all about fairy tales. There are over 30 attractions, including a 4D cinema, water rides, a light and water show, and a fairytale forest. The roller coaster Baron 1898 is spectacular. Here the passengers become part of a story: as a buddy of a rich baron who found gold in an old coal mine, they plunge into the depths.
Legoland in Billund, Denmark
Lego blocks in all imaginable colors and shapes. And 60 million of them. You can find them in Legoland Billund in Denmark. The park, just a few kilometers from the real Lego factories, opened in 1968 and is the first of six Lego countries worldwide. Rides can also be found here, but the focus is on the houses, ships and cars built from Lego.
Liseberg in Gothenburg, Sweden
Liseberg, in the middle of the Swedish city of Gothenburg, is Scandinavia’s largest amusement park. Almost three million visitors come to the area every year. One of the highlights is the AtmosFear freefall tower, which lets visitors fall 90 meters into the depth. If you like it quieter, you can enjoy the view of the city on the Ferris wheel.