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.
The venue can accommodate roughly 50,000 visitors a day—about 4.5 million visitors a year. A clear favorite for visitors and locals, here are the best things to do in Germany's largest amusement park.
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 keep visitors occupied away from the water, they can keep it German-style by visiting 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: Based on charming New England (USA) architecture.
- Colosseo: Presents the beauty of Italy complete with spas and restaurants.
- Santa Isabel: The comforts and conveniences of a modern hotel in the style of a Portuguese monastery.
- Castillo Alcazar: An eye-catching hotel showcasing the Middle Ages.
- El Andaluz: Enjoy 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: Yee-Haw! 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.