Destination Attraction: Europa Park, Rust, Germany
Europa Park is the largest and most popular theme park in Germany, and the 2nd most popular theme park in the whole of Europe, after Disneyland Paris. It is situated in Rust (in south western Germany), between Freiburg im Breisgau, and Strasbourg (France). It was named Europa Park after Breisach’s nearby Europa-weiher; a small artificial lake that commemorates historical pilot poll that was held in the year 1950, in Breisach.
Europa park is themed around European countries. Areas that are themed around the European countries include, but not limited to; Germany, England, Italy, France, Greece, Russia, Netherlands, Iceland, Austria, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and Scandinavia. Some of the other themed areas in the park include; Adventure Land, Children’s World, and Grimm’s Enchanted Forest. The European country themed areas feature the country’s characteristics, decoration, vegetation, typical architecture, cuisine and more. Whether you decide to stop in Italy, Iceland, or Greece, you will experience a truly exciting atmosphere.
Europa park is packed with lots of different attractions which are suited for everyone. Some of them include:
- Roller coasters; Europa park is well known for its’ roller coasters which range from the hyper coasters like silver star, to small kiddie coasters. The park has 13 roller coasters, with the oldest one being the Alpene xpress Mine Train.
- Jungle rafts; In Adventure Land, there are jungle themed boat rides available on the lake. On the Scandinavian section of the park, you can engage in Fjord rafting; there is a river rapids ride which goes through the caverns, and past the waterfalls.
- The park has merry-go-rounds, walkthroughs, car-rides, observation tower, and even a 4D cinema. There are also many different shows available in the park, ranging from an ice skating show, to dancing fountains.
- Unlike most other theme parks, shops are very abundant in Europa Park. Apart from the regular candy and souvenir shops, most of the country themed sections have shops which sell things that are typical for the particular country the section represents. Many of the attraction areas also have gift shops which sell things that are related to the theme of that particular attraction.
Europa Park operates nearly all year around. During summer season, Europa park opens from 9 am – 6 pm; however, opening hours are usually extended by up to 3 hours during the peak season. During winter season, the park opens from 11 am – 7 pm.
Best Time To Visit
The best time to visit Europa Park is probably in mid June, when most of the schools in Germany are in session, and the weather is fine.
Whether you visit Europa park alone, or with your family, you can be rest assured you’ll enjoy an action packed, and fun filled holiday. With over 6 hours of thrilling entertainment options, and 5 onsite resort hotels, the incredible Europa Park is a truly unique holiday destination which offers something for everyone.