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Europa-Park

Rust, Baden-W├╝rttemberg, Germany

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
Owner Mack
Website www.europapark.de
Nearby Holiday Park (96 miles)
Erlebnispark Tripsdrill (100 miles)
Park mascots Euromaus and Edda Euromausi

Park mascots Euromaus and Edda Euromausi

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.

Russian themed rollercoaster Euro-Mir

Russian themed rollercoaster Euro-Mir

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!

Attractions

Silver Star

Silver Star

One of the few rides in the park not built by Mack, a hyper coaster from B&M

Wodan

Wodan

One of the world's greatest wooden rollercoasters

Blue Fire

blue fire Megacoaster

Riders can see how fast their heart is beating during the ride through monitors integrated into the restaints

Poseidon

Poseidon

Greek themed watercoaster

Euro-Mir

Euro-Mir

High speed spinning rollercoaster

Arthur

Arthur

Part rollercoaster, part dark ride themed around Arthur and the Minimoys

Atlantica SuperSplash

Atlantica SuperSplash

Risk a soaking exploring Portugal by boat

Piraten in Batavia

Piraten in Batavia

Pirate themed indoor boat ride

Eurosat

Eurosat

Space themed indoor rollercoaster housed inside a giant geodesic sphere

Matterhorn Blitz

Matterhorn Blitz

Swiss themed wild mouse rollercoaster

Tiroler Log Flume

Tiroler Log Flume

Log flume ride

Swiss Bob Run

Swiss Bob Run

Bobsleigh themed rollercoaster

Jungle Rafts

Jungle Rafts

Take a trip deep into the African jungle

Alpenexpress Enzian

Alpenexpress Enzian

Mine train rollercoaster

Fjord Rafting

Fjord Rafting

River rapids ride

Geisterschloss

Geisterschloss

Haunted house dark ride

Arena of Football

Arena of Football

Indoor area featuring bumper car football

Vindjammer

Vindjammer

Swinging ship ride

4D Magic Cinema

4D Magic Cinema

4D cinema showing films featuring Euromaus and friends

Historama

Historama

Animatronic and special effect show giving the history of Europa Park

EP-Express

EP-Express

Large monorail providing fast transportation between the park and hotels

FoodLoop

FoodLoop

Restaurant where the food is delivered by rollercoaster!

Volo Da Vinci

Volo Da Vinci

Ride high above Italy on Leonardo Da Vinci's flying machine

Euro-Tower

Euro-Tower

Observation tower giving spectacular views over Europa Park

Panorama Train

Panorama Train

Train ride around the park

Monorail

Monorail

Get a high level view of the park

Piccolo Mondo

Piccolo Mondo

Italian themed dark ride

Pegasus - The YoungStar Coaster

Pegasus - The YoungStar Coaster

Junior rollercoaster

Elf Ride

Elf Ride

Gentle boat trip through fantasy scenes

Snowflake Sleigh Ride

Snowflake Sleigh Ride

Snowy Russian dark ride

Puppet Boat Ride

Puppet Boat Ride

Circular boat ride past marionette puppets

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