Germany’s largest theme park (and Europe’s second most visited after Disneyland Paris) is one of the country's top destinations. Brimming with mini-foreign lands, children's rides, food and drink, and about a dozen hair-raising roller coasters, the park is a fit for the whole family.
Located in the southwest part of the country, near Freiburg, the park covers 94 hectares and allows park-goers to experience 15 European countries in a day and over 23 hours of shows every day.
The venue can accommodate roughly 50,000 visitors a day—about 4.5 million visitors—and it's a clear favorite for visitors and locals.
The summer season runs from April 6th, 2019 to November 3rd, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to at least 18:00 6:00 p.m.
During this period, water rides are open and there is a diverse program of summer-themed shows. Expect lots of sun, but also stay up-to-date on the latest weather reports as conditions in Germany can change quickly.
To stay occupied away from the water, Germany-style, visit the Erdinger Beer Garden. Or catch the daily Party Parade with live music, costumes, and fantastic choreography. The musical stage show, "Rulantica", tells the love story of a boy named Fin and a mermaid named Kailini. Or, reach top thrills with the CanCan roller coaster, the Eurosat, in the French area.
During the chilly season, some of the attractions are closed, but other winter-themed activities and shows are open.
The season features ice shows, 30 ice sculptures, twinkling lights, and 2,500 local Christmas trees. Understandably, the Icelandic area is featured with the ice rink, a children's ski school, and even a condensed cross-country ski course. Like almost everywhere else in Germany, there is a Christmas Market at the foot of Balthasar Castle Park.
To get out of the cold, warm up in the Urweisse Hütt’n with cheese fondue and live Swiss folk music or go to Spain for Feliz Navidad.
Where to Stay
Emulating another mouse-mascot theme park, there are several hotels on the grounds. Along with the obvious benefit of being located within walking distance of the park, hotel guests can enter the park 30 minutes to an hour early depending on the season.Bell Rock: The style of the hotel is based on charming New England (USA) architecture.
- Colosseo: Guests can enjoy recreations of beautiful sites from Italy, plus themed spas and restaurants.
- Santa Isabel: The lodging provides the comforts and conveniences of a modern hotel in the style of a Portuguese monastery.
- Castillo Alcazar: This is an eye-catching hotel showcasing the look and history of the Middle Ages.
- El Andaluz: Visitors will feel whisked away to Madrid or Barcelona by the faux-elegance of a hotel with a Spanish theme.
- The Guesthouse “Circus Rolando“: Located on the main the “German Alley," this site offers discount rooms in the heart of Europa-Park.
- Camp Resort: It's a Wild West holiday fit for families, school outings or nature-lovers. Accommodations range from covered wagons to teepees.
All hotels are 4-star and start around $85.00 per night, per adult in a double room. Hotels are open throughout the year, regardless of the park's season.
Europa-Park is located in small-town Rust. Following the opening of the park, a slew of hotels opened, as well as homes that have transformed into small B&Bs (Pensions). These rooms are usually inexpensive, clean and offer a personable manager.
Nearby Ringsheim is another option as it offers low prices and a location within walking distance to the nearest train station. There is a free shuttle bus (Südbadenbus) from Ringsheim straight to Europa-Park.
By Plane: Various airports offer access to the park:
- Airport Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden (64 km)
- Aéroport International Strasbourg (64 km)
- Airport EuroAirport in Basel (90 km)
- Airport Stuttgart (175 km)
- Airport Frankfurt (240 km)
By Car: Arrival from the north: Take the autobahn A5 toward Basel. Leave at Rust (57b) exit, and a feeder road will take you straight to Europa-Park. Arrival from the south: Take the autobahn A5 toward Karlsruhe/Frankfurt. Leave at Rust (57b) exit, and a feeder road will take you straight to Europa-Park.
Parking costs are approximately $8.00 for the day but free for hotel guests.