Let me put it in simple terms:
Europa Park is the greatest park I’ve ever visited in the world!
Despite the fact that the venue is only second-most popular theme park in the old continent with just over 5.5 million visitors a year, behind Disneyland Paris, in my humble opinion Europa Park make Disney look like a small funfair run by amateurs. The rides, the decor, the ambiance are simply awe-inspiring.
Owned and operated by the Mack family, Europa Park opened in 1975 in Rust, Germany (near the French-German border inside Black Forest region) as a showcase for Mack Rides. The theme is Europe itself, with various lands themed to the nations of Europe, including Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Scandinavia, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. On an area of 160 acres
The main rides are the huge and fast Blue Fire roller coaster (You’ll start with a boost from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2,5 seconds), Wodan, a classic wood roller coaster (opened in 2012), Silver Star a high and fast strapped-in-by-the-belly roller coaster that makes everyone scream, Euro-Mir an innovative Russian space station-themed roller coaster that lifts you up in circles with great space-inspired music, warming you up for the wild down-and-around spin ride, Poseidon Water Roller Coaster: a solid flume ride/roller coaster combination, Swiss Bobsled Run: a classic of Europa-Park, made great by its well-designed Switzerland setting.
In 2014 the park opened Arthur a breathtaking dark ride through the Minimoys Kingdom – inspired by the smash hit movie trilogy. In 2015 VR arrived to the park and currently there are two coaster equipped with this technology. In 2016 a new land arrived dedicated to the youngest and themed with the green colours of Ireland.
We went there 4 times during the last 5 years. 2 times during summertime and one in Christmas (yes, the park opens in December! but with some the thrill rides closed). Even though the weather sometimes delivers some showers (even in August) it didn’t dampen our spirits – we just went on the wet rides when it started to rain…
The park has also several Hotels to stay in and there’s also enough variety for eating and drinking according to the countries we visit. The admission prices aren’t cheap (almost 40€ plus 4€ for car parking in 2013) and the Park Hotels have prohibitive prices during peak season, but there are cheap alternatives nearby has Rust village economy depends almost 100% from the park tourists.
By Carlos Canaes, Ana Alegria, Ana Rita Mendes, Roberto Brito, Paula Martins, Rita Moura and Paulo Vilarinho. Updated 13/11/2016
Location: Europa-Park-Straße 2, 77977 Rust, Alemanha
Prices for Adults 41,00 EUR. Children (4-11 years) 36,00 EUR. Children (under 4 years of age) enter free. There are also 2-Day-Tickets for 77€ adults and 67,50 EUR children
(Valid 7 days after the first visit
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