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A Guide to Europa Park: the most popular theme park in Europe



Europa Park was voted as 2017 Europe's most popular theme park by the Travelers' Choice Awards on TripAdvisor. Despite being super popular among Europeans, the park is still unknown or even underestimated by tourists from other continents.

The park is located in Rust, south Germany, in the state of Baden Württemberg, near the border with France. If possible, I recommend that you combine 2 days in the park with a southern route of Germany (including the beautiful Heidelberg and the Black Forest) + Alsace region in France (including the charming Strasbourg).

Here are my tips on how to take advantage of this park that has as its theme European countries and their culture:

For those who love roller coasters
If you are a fan of strong emotions you will love the 14 roller coasters of Europa Park. The "Alpenexpress Coastiality" - located in the "Austria" section of the park - is one of the most famous for being based on virtual reality, meaning that in addition to riding the roller coaster you still use devices that show a 3D movie making everything yet more impressive. At the Iceland session of the park you will find "Wodan", a wooden roller coaster inspired by the Vikings. In addition to the existing roller coasters, 2 more will be inaugurated this year: "Eurosat Coastiality" and "Eurosat CanCan Coaster", both located in the "France" section of Europa Park.


For those who don't like roller coasters
Many people - including me - are not big fans of roller coasters and generally suffer from the lack of variety in amusement parks: either you ride a roller coaster or rides for children. This is not the case at Europa Park, which has a considerable variety of attractions, let's say, "in between". One of these rides is inspired by the movie "Arthur and the Invisibles" and takes you to what looks like a true enchanted forest. The attraction is so beautiful that it has received 2 international awards. Another ride that is worth the visit is the "Voletarium": a 4D cinema that made me feel like I was flying over Europe. But keep in mind: the line for this attraction is usually long.


For young children
Europa Park has many rides for children. The little ones can have lots of fun in areas dedicated to them with almost exclusively children's rides, such as the park's "Ireland" session and the "Grimm Forest" session, which has rides inspired by the fairy tales of the Grimm brothers such as Rapunzel and Hansel and Gretel.


Where to eat
Europa Park has several restaurants, bars and cafes, and because of its European theme, these restaurants and cafes also serve typical cuisine from different European countries. Each session in the park also has food trucks serving snacks. My recommendation is the grilled salmon in the Iceland session. In addition, the park has the so-called "Feel Good Week", where dinners and special culinary programs are offered separately, such as "Fondue Night", "Tapas Night" and "Beer Tasting". This year these weeks will run from June to the end of March and in November.


Shows and events
In addition to roller coasters and other rides, Europa Park also has some shows and special events. Some of these events are charged extra but others are included, such as the celebration of St Patrick's Day, the patron saint of Ireland. Live musicals like "Let's celebrate Rock 'n' Roll" are also included in the entry fee.




Tickets
Ticket prices and opening times for Europa Park vary according to season, with admission for children costing € 58 in winter and € 80 in summer (for two days) and € 69 in winter and € 94 in summer for adults (for two days). Children under 4 and children - regardless of age - on their birthday enter the park for free.

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