Second only to Disneyland Paris as Europe’s largest theme park, Germany’s Europa-Park is a wonderland of rides, shows, and attractions that will entertain the whole family. The park is inspired by iconic European destinations—visitors can zoom through the Alps on a roller-coaster, ride a London bus, see Iceland's Northern Lights, and meet the fairytale characters of Grimm’s Enchanted Forest.
Most travelers dedicate a full day to take in the highlights of Europa-Park. Both 1- and 2-day passes are available, and include entrance to all rides and shows. Pre-book your tickets to enjoy fast-track entrance and extras such as hotel pickup and transfers to and from the park. Travelers from nearby Switzerland can also visit on a day tour from Basel or Geneva.
Things to Know Before You Go
- With so many rides and shows to enjoy, it’s worth planning your visit carefully to ensure you don’t miss the park’s top attractions.
- Families with young kids can take advantage of the Baby Switch pass, which allows parents to take turns holding their baby while one rides an attraction. There is also a special baby lounge with feeding and changing areas, as well as strollers available for hire.
- Visitor facilities include a range of hotels, restaurants, and gift shops, plus a spa and wellness center.
- Free Wi-Fi is available on-site.
- Many attractions and shows at Europa-Park are wheelchair accessible, and entrance is free for disability badge holders.
How to Get There
Europa-Park is located in Rust in southwest Germany, close to the French and Swiss borders. Reaching the park by road takes about 40 minutes from Strasbourg, France; one hour from Basel, Switzerland; or about 90 minutes from Stuttgart, Germany. The closest international airport is Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, from where shuttle buses can take you to the park in roughly two hours. Trains from Offenburg and Freiburg im Breisgau arrive at the Ringsheim railway station, which is a short taxi ride from the park.
When to Get There
Europa-Park’s winter season runs from November 25 to January 7, while the summer season runs from March 24 to November 4. Summer is the busiest time to visit, when the park can get crowded and wait times for the most popular rides can be over an hour. Winter visitors can benefit from slightly cheaper entrance fees and special discounted evening tickets, as well as fewer crowds and seasonal attractions such as an ice rink and ice sculpture display. Some rides and shows close for the winter season.
Adrenaline-Fueled Activities at Europa-Park
With over 50 attractions and 11 death-defying roller-coasters, it’s easy to get your adrenaline fix at the Europa amusement park. Dare to ride the high-speed Silver Star, Wodan Timbur, or Blue Fire roller-coasters; fly through the air on the Voletarium; make a splash on the Poseidon or Atlantica Supersplash water rides; then prepare to be entertained at the 4D cinema.