Phantasialand is located in Brühl near Cologne and is the second largest amusement park in Germany (after Europa Park), with over 2 million visitors a year coming from all over Europe to see it. The park was opened in 1967 and has 6 themed areas: Berlin (a replica of Germany’s capital in the 1920’s), Fantasy, Mexico, China Town, Mysteryl and Deep in Africa.
The park is split in two halves by a Disney style main street with one side being dominated by large roller coasters in different county settings such as Africa, China, and Mexico and the other being a fantasy land for younger kids with smaller rides and games. At first glance you could image that is a children’s park favorite because all areas are incredibly themed. This is true. There is no German child that has not been to Phantasialand. However, some rides provide intense thrills for all ages like Black Mamba and Talocon or are simply fun like The Colorado Adventure (We ride several times. It is very funny at night also) .
The fantasy side of Phantasialand is really a sight to behold with fantastical characters walking around in costume and a German fantasy wonderland with rides and play parks for little kids. You need at least a couple of days to cover all the ground, but the park’s own overnight accommodation enables you to stay at the park in style (especially the Mutamba Hotel). For 2013 Phantasialand is building a new log fume-style attraction called Chiapas in Mexico themed area.
We went on a Saturday, December, 2012 during Winter Season (Wintertraum) and the park was packed with youngsters. In fact there were more people than the park’s capacity and it was almost impossible to get a place to see the final show at night. The construction of Chiapas increased significantly this problem. Also some parts of the parking lot were in very bad shape and the exit procedures took us about an hour by car. Lucky for the visitors the park is very close to the hotels so this setback can be avoided. Food and drinks are sold at a reasonable price inside the theme park (we especially enjoyed hot wine drinks). The shows were also very good. We liked especially the Christmas skating show on ice (see pictures). So, whilst not entirely unpleasant, I expected more from my day at Phantasialand it was quite pricey to get in and whilst the rides and show were good, standing in a long queue for hours in the freezing cold or struggling in muddy parking lot wasn’t adding to the enjoyment.
By Ana Alegria and Carlos Canaes. Updated 18/09/2016.
Location: Berggeiststraße 31-41, 50321 Brühl, Germany
Tickets 45€ adults
Opens from March to JanuaryTop Rides
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