If you are like me and never heard of Europa-Park until recently then read on! Because the fact that we have the most incredible theme park just over an hour away by plane is a game changer for me. Ok I visited alone and really have to see what the boys think of it. But being a lover of theme parks, I am a hard customer to please. And I LOVED Europa-Park, OMG I feel cheated that I had not heard of it sooner.
You may be asking if it’s so great why haven’t we heard of it? And I can’t answer that, apart from to add that Germany is a new country to my travel radar. Maybe this made me notice a little more.
I have recently been so fortunate to have enjoyed a tour of the Baden Baden area, thank you to the lovely people at Fly Baden. And spend time at Europa Park to try out many of the amazing rides. This gave me a real chance to explore what is good and downright incredible about Europa-Park for families. And let me tell you there is a lot.
And here are my top reasons you should take your family to Europa Park
Europa-Park is around 40 minutes from Karlsruhe / Baden Baden Airport, which is a 1 hour 35 minutes flight from London.
This makes the park so accessible from the UK. And that’s what we want with kids isn’t it? Short easy flights!
You can stay on site at Europa Park, there are a choice of hotels to suit all budget’s and they are all really cool
I stayed at the Colosseo Hotel, which has the coolest Roman themed family rooms. It is a short walk from the special hotel entrance and has a host of restaurants and bars, a pool and a spa for us mums. You can also visit the restaurants in the 4 other onsite hotels. Or should you like camping and want to camp there is also a campsite.
They offer REAL on site fine dining
The Hotel Bell Rock is the most beautiful hotel with the most wonderful restaurant area surrounding a lake which hosts the loveliest water fountain displays. You have the choice of the Harbourside buffet restaurant, the Captains Finest fine dining restaurant, we dined here and it was stunning. The food was all so tasty yet the portions not tiny, and omg the lobster bisque, you have to try it. Or if you would prefer something a little more special Ammolite boasts Two MICHELIN Stars.
Europa-Park is set around 15 country themes
Each country is designed to include the finest details, offering dining, rides, recreation areas and perfect photo opportunities. A huge part of the appeal is the design and theming the attention to detail is incredible.
The rides are immense
From huge white-knuckle roller coasters, to cute little boat rides the ride experience is fantastic. The water rides are designed to drench but are sooooo much fun. Whilst the roller coasters are wild and scary, guaranteed to make the bravest of people scream with joy. Yet there are also plenty of rides to make younger guests shriek with joy too, with plenty of family friendly options.
And worry not if you love big scary rides and are travelling with children
There is a fantastic child swap system at Europa-Park, which allows one of the parents to wait in a designated area whilst the other takes the ride. You can then swap over so you only need to queue once.
The snacks around the park are reasonably priced
Is it just our children that are always hungry? There are plenty of places to dine all around the park and lots of snack carts. I love the fact that they offer healthy snacks too, such a fruit and pots of melon. Perfect for cooling down on a hot day.
And there is a dedicated baby area
Offering a private nursing area, changing mats, a microwave and baby food store so you can feed and care for little people in comfort.
Getting around the park is easy
Walking around is half the fun, exploring little corners of the park is so exciting. But should you need a rest the park offers a train and monorail system that goes around the park, transporting you between each country and to the hotels. And trust me when your feet just can’t walk anymore they are not only a godsend but also a great way to see the park. I would recommend taking the train when you enter the park as it is a great way of getting your bearings.
The shows are amazing
I watched the Ice Show during my trip and wow. The production was exceptional with talented performers and amazing costumes. I have seen quite a few ice shows so did have something to compare it too and the work that went into this show must have been immense. I spent some time chatting with the entertainment managers and their passion for the park and the entertainment schedule really shone through. Shows are a huge part of park life with many, many shows running on any given day, offering lots of choice to suit the whole family.
There you have it; there are so many reasons to visit. I just can’t wait to go back again to see what the boys think about it.
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