Are you planning on a dream vacation to Europe? Depending on where you plan on visiting, you might put yourself close to one of the incredible theme parks located in the area. Even if you're just planning on doing sight-seeing, it's worth making some time to go to an amusement park so you don't miss out.
Whether you're going to Germany, Denmark, Spain, Paris, or beyond, there is plenty to see. Some of these theme parks you might recognize, such as Disneyland, but you'll want to experience the European version of it. Here is a list of ten theme parks you should consider visiting if you get the chance.
10 Europa Park
Europa Park is Germany's largest theme park. It has multiple areas themed around other countries and it has 13 different roller coasters, including one for kids. The oldest coaster, Alpenexpress Enzian, runs through a diamond mine.
The theme park is also known for hosting the Euro Dance Festival. Perhaps one of the most original and intriguing lands in the park is Grimm's Enchanted Forest. If you love fairy tales then you'll love walking through animatronic displays of your favorite stories like The Golden Goose, Hansel and Gretel, or Cinderella.
9 Tivoli Gardens
If you're visiting Copenhagen then you absolutely must spend a day at Tivoli Gardens. The park is the second-oldest amusement park in the entire world. It has millions of visitors every year. It ranks among the five most visited theme parks in all of Europe.
The park has numerous attractions, one of the most notable is the wooden coaster called Rutschebanen. It was built back in 1914 and still operates today. There is also a virtual reality ride, swing ride, air race ride, and more. Outside of the rides, there are other attractions including a pantomime theater. Tivoli Gardens also hosts many shows, festivals, and performances.
This theme park is located southwest of Barcelona. Like many other theme parks, PortAventura has five themed areas based on various civilizations around the world. It also has an area based on Sesame Street for children.
Mediterrània is the main area of the park. It has several rides and many restaurants. Each area of the park is full of various themed restaurants, rides, and shopping spots. The China area is the biggest and features an acclaimed Chinese buffet. It's worth visiting to walk around and experience the park in full.
In France, you can visit Futuroscope, which is a unique theme park that is based on audio-visual techniques and multimedia. There are tons to see in the park. You'll find multiple 4-D theaters, planetariums, unique shows, and more.
There are magic shows and a show put on by Cirque du Soleil in the evenings. There is also a Robocoaster and various arcade games based on sports and amusement rides. There are also outdoor carnival games too. Futuroscope also has an IMAX Dome.
6 Efteling Park
Efteling Park is in the Netherlands, it's the largest theme park in the country and one of the oldest in the world. It's even bigger than the original California Disneyland. Speaking of Disney, Efteling has a good relationship with the Disney theme parks. The park has five realms, each one named something different.
There is a fairy realm, travel realm, adventure realm, fantasy realm, and other realm. It also contains a Fairy Tale Forest which is one of the park's most popular attractions. The park also has a dark ride and roller coasters like the Python which has a double loop.
Leolandia is probably one of the best places on this list to attend if you plan on going somewhere with your family and your children. It has more than 40 attractions in 6 different areas. Even though Leolandia is advertised as being for families, there are attractions aimed at people of all ages.
Somewhat like Disney, your kids can meet some of their favorite cartoon characters. If you need a break from the rides you can attend one of the many shows and performances in addition to dining at excellent restaurants. If you have younger children, there is even a nursery! Leolandia has been voted as one of the parks for children in Italy.
4 Area 47
If you're in Austria and you fancy yourself an adventurer then you should go to Area 47. It's a massive outdoor adventure park where you can go to experience extreme sports and incredible expeditions. You can explore caves, ride down white-water rapids, bungee-jump, and more.
There are no limits on the fascinating park, covered with high rope courses, freefall, motocross, and more. If you don't even know where to begin, don't worry, they offer exciting tours to take you through the park's massive set-up so you can get the most out of your experience.
3 Disneyland Paris
While you might have visited Disneyland before, there are plenty of unique attractions in Disneyland Paris that should entice you to visit despite your time spent in the American versions. Here you'll find Phantom Manor, somewhat similar to the Haunted Mansion ride but slightly darker.
The castle at Disneyland Park is truly worth seeing. It's Sleeping Beauty's castle and it's gorgeous, maybe the prettiest castle out of all the Disney parks. It also features the largest animatronic at the Disney parks with the dragon located beneath in its lair.
2 The Milky Way Adventure Park
If you're in England, consider visiting the excellent family theme park called The Milky Way Adventure Park. It has won TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice Award for the past 3 years.
New 2019 attractions include Ziggy's Blast Quest, an interactive experience where you help save Planet Earth. There is also a new donut slide called the Gravity Rider. For people in for more of a thrill, you can ride the Cosmic Typhoon roller coaster or even try archery!
1 Isla Mágica
Located in Spain, Isla Màgica was opened in 1997. Included among the attractions in this park is Spain's first inverted roller coaster, called Jaguar.
It also features a 4D cinema and several water rides like the log flume, Anaconda, a splash ride called Iguazú, and a river rapid called Rápidos del Orinoco. The park is gorgeous to look at due to the position of a large lake. It also features cinematic, live shows, and performances.