Theme parks are some of the most frequented entertainment spots all year round. Some of the greatest make great destinations for vacations. The amusement park industry is definitely growing and new, bigger and more sophisticated locations come up every year. The best of them get millions of visitors annually. Here, we’ll look at Europe’s best theme parks and what they have to offer.
1.Europa Park, Germany
Europa Park is the largest theme park in Germany. With 13 roller coasters, 15 European-themed areas and a total of more than 100 attractions, it would take days to truly experience everything it has to offer. Here, thrill seekers can ride the Blue Fire Megacoaster which shoots to a speed of 100km/hr in just 2.5 seconds. On the European themed areas, 15 countries are featured, which makes a tour around them like a mini tour of Europe. The park is also home to one of the tallest rollercoasters in Europe, the Silver Star.
2. Disneyland Paris, France
Averaging more than 9 million visitors a year, Disneyland Paris is the most popular theme park in Europe. This is where all the Disney fairy tales come true. Once you’re done with the castles, you can get the adrenaline that amusement parks are known for with a Big Thunder Mountain ride that takes you through a haunted mountain in utter darkness. This park also includes the Walt Disney Studios, where you can relive your favorite Disney movie scenes
3. Efteling, Netherlands
If you’re a sucker for fairy tales, then Efteling in Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands, is the place for you. Castles, stone cottages and whatever else you can imagine, you can find them there. More than 30 fairytales are covered in the Fairytale Forest. These include The Little Mermaid, Little Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel and Pinocchio. If you’re there for the adrenaline rush, there are roller coasters and water rides.
4. Tivoli Gardens, Denmark
Found in Copenhagen, Tivoli Gardens welcomes around 5 million visitors each year. Founded in 1843, Tivoli Gardens is the second oldest amusement park in the world. One of its most popular rides is the Golden Tower, which stands at a whooping 63-metres. You can also wear a VR set on the Demon roller coaster for a more thrilling ride.
5. PortAventura, Spain
PortAventura has six main thematic areas. China, México, Polynesia, SésamoAventura, Far West and Mediterrània. This park which is the most popular in Spain is also home to Europe’s tallest roller coaster, the Red Force. It’s 367’ tall. There are also water rides. Another exciting part of the park is a 175m² maze.
Gardaland has a hotel, an aquarium, and Lake Garda in the background. It’s home to the world’s first B&M Wing Rider. Receiving close to 3 million visitors each year, it’s one of the most frequented parks in Italy. The theme park covers 200,000m², which is about half of the entire complex. Some of the most popular attractions at Gardaland include roller coasters such as the Blue Tornado and the Mammut, water rides such as the Jungle Rapids and dark rides such as the Ramses: il risveglio.