One of the greatest theme parks in the world, Europa is owned by the Mack family and acts as a showcase for their rollercoasters and other rides.
|Opened||12 July 1975|
|Season||April to January|
|Nearby||Holiday Park (96 miles)
Erlebnispark Tripsdrill (100 miles)
Located near the French border in south-western Germany, Europa Park is the second most visited theme park in Europe and is home to a massive array of rollercoasters and other theme park attractions, predominantly manufactured by Mack Rides.
The theme park acts as a showcase for the company's products and is owned by the Mack family themselves. It has a reputation as one of the best run theme parks in the world, and is well-known for its efficient park operations meaning that even on busy days visitors are able to experience a large number of rides. The park doesn't have pre-arranged closing times: they are decided on the day based on how busy the park is, and can be anywhere from 6pm to 9:30pm.
The park takes Europe as its overarching theme, with most of its lands themed to different European countries. Major rides include Silver Star (a racing themed B&M hypercoaster); Wodan (one of the world's greatest wooden rollercoasters, built by Great Coasters International); Euro-Mir (a unique space-themed spinning rollercoaster) and Arthur (a part rollercoaster/part dark ride retelling the story of Arthur and the Invisibles).
With over seventy attractions on offer, it is almost impossible to see the whole of Europa Park in a day. Luckily, the park offers a range of high quality accomodation. The best hotels are the Ancient Rome themed Hotel Colosseo which features a recreation of the Colosseum, and Hotel Bell Rock which has a relaxing New England coastal theme.
It is very difficult to find fault in Europa Park, and the staff work very hard to make it as close to the perfect theme park experience as possible. The park is spotlessly clean, queues move quickly even on busy days, it is extremely rare to see a ride broken down, and the selection of attractions on offer is incredible. If there's one downside, then it is that Europa Park shows how things can be done and makes almost every other park in the world look worse in comparison. This is how to run a theme park!
One of the few rides in the park not built by Mack, a hyper coaster from B&M
One of the world's greatest wooden rollercoasters
Riders can see how fast their heart is beating during the ride through monitors integrated into the restaints
Greek themed watercoaster
High speed spinning rollercoaster
Part rollercoaster, part dark ride themed around Arthur and the Minimoys
Risk a soaking exploring Portugal by boat
Pirate themed indoor boat ride
Space themed indoor rollercoaster housed inside a giant geodesic sphere
Swiss themed wild mouse rollercoaster
Log flume ride
Bobsleigh themed rollercoaster
Take a trip deep into the African jungle
Mine train rollercoaster
River rapids ride
Haunted house dark ride
Indoor area featuring bumper car football
Swinging ship ride
4D cinema showing films featuring Euromaus and friends
Animatronic and special effect show giving the history of Europa Park
Large monorail providing fast transportation between the park and hotels
Restaurant where the food is delivered by rollercoaster!
Ride high above Italy on Leonardo Da Vinci's flying machine
Observation tower giving spectacular views over Europa Park
Train ride around the park
Get a high level view of the park
Italian themed dark ride
Gentle boat trip through fantasy scenes
Snowy Russian dark ride
Circular boat ride past marionette puppets