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Phantasialand

Brühl, Germany

Phantasialand is a large theme park near Cologne, Germany, and features a number of world-class attractions set in spectacularly detailed themed areas.

Opened1967
SeasonApril to January
Websitewww.phantasialand.de
NearbyToverland (70 miles)
Movie Park Germany (73 miles)
Plopsa Coo (87 miles)
Characters in Berlin

Costumed characters welcome guests in Berlin

Alongside nearby Europa-Park, Phantasialand ranks among the top theme parks not only in Germany, but in the world. While the main entrance is less than spectacular - it looks more like a tired local train station than the entrance to a major tourist attraction - what lies beyond is awesome. The park features a great selection of rides, all set in remarkably detailed themed areas. The attention to detail is unmatched by most other theme parks across the world.

Rides are spread across six themed lands. Berlin, recreating the feel of the city in the 1920s, is the first which guests coming in through the main entrance will encounter. Wuze Town, a fantasy land, is home to several kiddie rides together with an indoor area housing the double Winjas spinning coasters. Mexico is bright and colourful, and hosts the park's new Chiapas flume ride and the older Colorado Adventure mine train. This used to be subtitled "The Michael Jackson Thrill Ride" after the music star visited the park to open the ride. China and Deep in Africa are smaller lands, with the latter's main attraction being Black Mamba, a highly rated B&M inverted coaster.

Klugheim

Klugheim is home to Taron

The park's newest land is Klugheim, an extension of the pre-existing Mystery area. Klugheim is dark and foreboding. It features Taron, an Intamin dual launch coaster that dominates the area and provides a brilliant ride, and Raik, currently the world's longest Vekoma family boomerang. Both coasters opened as major additions for the 2016 season. In the wider area are Mystery Castle, a totally enclosed drop tower, and River Quest, one of the finest river rapids experiences in the world.

Fantissima Finale

Fantissima Finale

Together with the rides, Phantasialand features several high quality shows spread throughout the park, including an ice show (Ice College, a High School Musical theme for 2017), a large acrobatic/stage illusion show (Musarteum - Wenn Geister träumen in 2017) and several dance performances.

There is also Fantissima, a premium-priced dinner show on offer, which takes place in the evening after the park has closed. It includes a four course meal interspersed with live entertainment over five hours. The show features a large cast of singers, dancers, acrobats and other acts from around the world. Don't make the mistake of turning up straight from the park - you will be welcomed of course, but will look slightly out of place in your jeans and tshirt amongst the diners dressed up in their posh dresses and smart shirts. It is, though, highly recommended.

Attractions

Taron

Taron

Superb double-launch coaster from Intamin

Maus Au Chocolat

Maus Au Chocolat

Interactive dark ride full of games and chocolate smells!

Hollywood Tour

Hollywood Tour

Ageing boat ride past scenes from Hollywood movies

Raik

Raik

The longest family boomerang coaster in the world

Temple of the Night Hawk

Temple of the Night Hawk

Indoor rollercoaster through complete darkness

Winjas

Winjas

Dual Maurer spinning rollercoasters complete with trick track

Chiapas

Chiapas

Spectacularly themed flume ride with an unbelivably steep drop finale

Colorado Adventure

Colorado Adventure

Mine train, originally opened by Michael Jackson

Mystery Castle

Mystery Castle

Fully enclosed drop tower ride

River Quest

River Quest

Well themed, and very wet, river rapids

Black Mamba

Black Mamba

Inverted coaster from B&M

Fantissima

Fantissima

Incredible evening dinner show