After have experienced that ones in Orlando, Florida, we go to Germany. After have experienced a unique place for relax and wellness, The Spa of Stuttgart, we are going to discover an adrenaline and very funny destination for adults and children: Europa Park in Rust, about 40 km northwards Fribourg, so relatively near Italy, in the heart of the Black Forest.
This amusement park, in Europe, is the second most important after Disneyland Paris. It was opened in 1975 and improved year by year (but it is still changing); Europa Park offers over 100 attractions: some of them are unique and high-level in Europe.
It’s divided in 17 theme areas, very cared in details, inspired by the European countries. For example the refreshments: each country offers the real dishes of its own tradition.
The park extends over an area of 900 thousand sqm and the best thing to visit it completely is the ticket for two consecutive days. Two days of really fun for the whole family.
While we are parking in the huge parkings we are already welcomed by the shouts of the first adventurers of the park: onboard Silver Star hyper coaster (the second highest in Europe), that winds also in part over our cars, people open the day which appears to be thrilled!
Access is by the main entrance and we arrive in Germany (could it be different?), catapulted in a medieval town with rush matting houses and reconstruction of rathaus (the town hall). Shops and little shops lord it.
Here there is the starting point of the monorail that allows the tour of the most part of the park. It’s possible to get on and get off the monorail in the different countries it goes through. The wonderful Schloss Balthasar’s gardens satisfy the eye.
We move forwards few steps going back in Italy: its main attraction is horror theme, a dark ride indoor Ghost Castle.
In this place there are several areas for outdoor shows, the theatre housing Venice Carnival and other lesser attractions but noteworthy these, too, as the Da Vinci Flight, dedicated to our great genius.
Walking “towards the mountains” we are in Switzerland, where two very interesting roller coaster stand out for lovers: the Swiss Bob Sleigh and the Matterhorn Bitz.
The first one is a wonderful route onboard two man-bobs that in few points unhook from the monorail to face hyperbolic turns freewheel. Everything in a really very cared setting. The second one is a little funny roller coaster in mine. Here, too, there are other lesser attractions, of course.
On and on and on we arrive in Holland where in the little rebuilt district we are welcomed by the merry-go-round “Koffiekopjes” and “Flying Dutchman” but the undicussed protagonists of this area are the Pirates in Batavia, wonderful underground attraction that onboard barges crossed a route satisfying the eye.
We leave Holland and here we are in Scandinavia where we find the typical round dinghies here named Fjord Rafting and the typical Pirates’ galleon, the Windjammer. Noteworthy the reconstruction of a typical Norwegian church completely finely wood-carved.
At the end of the day we reached Russia. And what do we find? But the roller coaster, of course! Here the main attraction is a spinning coaster set in the Euro-Mir space station. But here, too, the little ones find a dedicated dark ride.
Surprises are not over. We go towards Austria where we find the very crowded Alpine Coaster and the Tyrolean Log Flume, great logs on a water route, both with a typical alpine setting.
We don’t miss the walk in the diamonds’ world: inside this mountain was got a pedestrian route to admire the miner dwarfs and the keeper dragon. It is crossed by another merry-go-round made by the typical mine trucks.
Since we are tired, we go to the train station making us avoid the long walk to reach Spain.
It’s a particularly theme area which houses shops and typical funfair attractions: Feria Swing and Columbus Dinghy. Here it’s impossible not seeing the huge theme hotels (and not really within everyone’s reach).
Here several times a day a show of clever swordsmen and very good knights is presented in a wonderful arena.
France is dominated by the outline of Eurosat metallic sphere: inside there’s a roller coaster inspired by Disney (Spaceship Earth Orlando, Florida).
The 4D cinema with its wonderful effects stands out for its technology and elegance. Here there are many attractions, too. Furthermore France houses the starting point of Silver Star, the second highest Hyper coaster of Europe (73 metres).
We leave France going to Greece, opened in 2001 and seat of two great attractions: Poseidon and the Cassandra’s curse.
The first one is a huge water coaster, the second one is a strange special effects mad house. In this area also the beautiful Surpr’Ice show on ice takes place.
England is an area typically dedicated to the little ones, where everything is on children scale. Particularly appreciated is the Globe Theatre, an accurate reconstruction of the original one where inside cared musicals and shows follow one another.
Going through Portugal we find the wettest attractions of the park, among which there’s Atlantica Super Splash. Even if here during the hottest months people don’t need a freshening-up…In summer the divers’ show takes place.
From the hot weather of Portugal we move towards the cold of Iceland, where the northern landscape is reproduced in a fantastic way.
It stands out for lovers the Blue Fire, a breathtaking launch coaster. Wodan, the typical wood roller coaster with Viking setting, is just entered.
For the whole family there’s the Whale Adventures Splash Tours, a route onboard boats wonderfully set allowing to battle by water against other boats.
Couldn’t miss perhaps an area inspired by Grimm brothers? Wonderful reconstructions of life-size tales’ village told by animatronics and audio clip in three languages: German, English and French.
Arthur and the Minimoys (Arthur and the Invisibles) was opened in 2014 and we experienced it during winter season: an interactive dark tale ride indoor designed with the director Luc Besson’s collaboration.
It’s a fantastic coaster for the whole family. It extends over an area of 3500 sqm, suitable to everyone (children over 4 are allowed to get on) and it winds its route both inside the area dedicated to Arthur and outside, an absolute novelty in the field of theme park.
We enter into suspension carriages that are able to revolve round themselves; you fly for 550 metres between two different worlds: the imaginary reign of Minimoys and the real world outside among the luxuriant vegetation of the park.
Inside the Minimoys world there are attractions dedicated to children, a little tower for the free fall, a merry-go-round and wonderful slides rich in settings.
Every winter the park opens up for Christmas time. Obviously the water attractions are closed (and emptied of water) but what park looses in attraction it regains amply with the atmosphere it creates…thousands and thousands of Christmas trees, hundreds of thousands of lights decorating every corner of the park….a wonderful Christmas atmosphere enveloping every sense…and then at sunset…everything goes on Christmas magic! Don’t miss this opportunity!
Halloween at Europa Park
The pumpkins are everywhere and all feels enchantment!