Ypres, Belgium

Named after the old castle near the park entrance, Bellewaerde is the oldest theme park in Belgium and boasts amongst its rides the first Boomerang coaster in Europe and Huracan, a family indoor coaster.

Opened3 July 1954
SeasonMarch to November
OwnerCompagnie des Alpes
NearbyPlopsaland De Panne (22 miles)
Walibi Belgium (72 miles)
Dreamland Margate (78 miles)
Pavilion Fun Park (101 miles)
Clacton Pier (101 miles)
Bellewaerde's main entrance

Bellewaerde's main entrance

Originally opened as a zoo and safari park in 1954, Bellewaerde is now Belgium's oldest operating theme park.

The park was the site of The Battle of Bellewaarde in the First World War, and is named after an ancient castle that still sits near the park entrance.

Some of Bellewaerde's best attractions include Huracan, a themed indoor rollercoaster; Camp Niagara, a large shoot-the-chutes water ride; El Volador, a rare Huss Topple Tower; and Houdini's Magical House, a magical themed Vekoma Mad House.

Bellewaerde is a pleasant park with some interesting rides, together with a zoo and new waterpark. With a decent selection of attractions, it is easy to fill a respectable few hours' visit.


ECC Belgium 2013 Day 1: Bellewaerde Park video

ECC Belgium 2013 Day 1: Bellewaerde Park