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Europa-Park Theme Park and Resort

Family fun at Europa-Park.Family fun at Europa-Park.

The largest themepark in Germany, and one of Europe's favourite family days out, Europa-Park comprises 14 areas portraying a different European country's architecture and cuisine. A total of more than 100 attractions, rides and shows include something to interest all ages, from young tots through to grandparents.

Located in Baden-Württemberg in western Germany, close to the border with France and served by many airports, as well as being within easy reach of Calais, Europe-Park has also been a hit with UK visitors, whether for a themepark short break, as part of a holiday in Germany or eastern France, or even en route to or from a family holiday further afield.

Best for: all ages

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What to Expect:


  • Accommodation
  • Theme park
  • Activities
  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Great for kids 4-12
  • Great for teens
  • Great for toddlers
 

What to do

Experience 14 themed areas, including Ireland - Children's World, with indoor play areas, child-friendly food options, and rides. 

Hit up the Pegasus and Alpenexpress Coastiality rollercoasters – virtual-reality attractions.

Check out the Formula 1 'Won World' exhibition in the Mercedes-Benz Hall.

Catch a show in the Italian theatre (aerial shows, acrobatics, dance acts and comedy).

In Iceland, visit WODAN (a fast and furious wooden rollercoaster) and the Blue Fire Megacoaster (100kmh catapult rollercoaster).

In France, try Eurosat (space-themed rollercoaster) and check out the 4D cinema.

Experience ARTHUR - a family attraction in Minimoys Kingdom, where you get close to nature in a giant dome.

Stay overnight at one of the on-site hotels or camping areas (see below).

Visit in different seasons to experience special activities, including Halloween and at Christmas.

Where to stay

Europa-Park's themed on-site accommodation makes it easy to experience the best of the theme park, over a couple of days. Located within the grounds, Europa-Park's branded hotels mean families can grab a good night's sleep before heading back for more fun the following day. Choose between a Spanish finca, a medieval-themed hotel, a Portuguese monastery, a traditional Italian hotel and the main attraction, a New England-themed hotel. All are 4-star and have been winners in TripAdvisor's Traveller's Choice Awards.

Other options include a cowboy-themed Camp Resort where you sleep in tipis, log cabins or wagons, or bringing your own caravan or tent and pitching up a 5-minute walk from the theme-park entrance, in the purpose-built campsite with its kids' activities.

When

The summer season runs from mid-March to early November, with opening hours generally 9am-6pm. The winter season runs from the end of November to mid-January, every day except 24th and 25th December; opening times are usually 11am through to at least 7pm. 

How

Europa-Park is in western Germany, close to the French border, between Strasbourg and Basel.

The nearest major airports are Strasbourg (64km) and Stuttgart (175km). Some smaller airports are located closer to the theme park including Karlsruhe Baden-Baden and Basel. A handy way to get to Europa-Park from the various airports is the direct shuttle service, at extra charge (book by calling +49 7822 8600).

The nearest train station is just 4km from the park, where a bus service will transport you to the main entrance.

If you arrive with a car, there is plenty of parking space on-site (daily charge).

Eat

There are 50 options when it comes to meals, snacks and drinks when visiting Europa-Park, whether you want to sit down and relax or grab a bite on the go, including traditional German, Italian, Greek, Spanish, Scandinavian, Asian and American food. For the real wow factor, try FoodLoop, whereby you order your food and drinks via touchscreen at your table, then wait for it to be delivered to your table by rollercoaster.

If visiting with young children, there is a HIPP Baby Service area where you can feed your baby in peaceful surroundings. If you bring your own packed lunches, there are various picnic areas around the park.

Cost

Prices vary depending by time of year you visit, the age of visitors and if you will be visiting for more than one day. During peak summer months, adults and those over 12 years pay around €45, while children 4-11 cost just under €40 and under-4s go free. If you visit on your child's birthday (if they are under 12), they can visit for free (ID needed).

During the winter months, discounts are available for late entry to the park and those with disabilities.

Two-day tickets are available (perfect when you stay overnight in the resort) for €72.50 for 4-12 year olds and those with disabilities, €84 for ages 12+.

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