Overview of the best theme parks and amusement parks in Germany; whether you are looking for thrilling rides and roller coasters, or some fun activities for the whole family.
Europa Park is Europe’s second most visited theme park (after Paris Disneyland
) and Germany’s largest amusement park. Located in Rust, close to Freiburg in the southwest of the country, you’ll find 14 different theme lands dedicated to European architecture, food and nature. On 85 hectares, more than 100 attractions including theater, outdoor stages, a daily parade, fun rides, and 11 roller coasters, keep you entertained. Highlights are the Euro-Mir, a high-speed Mack steel track spinning roller coaster, based around Russian space missions. In “Greece”, a high-speed water coaster takes you into the Greek heavens before you dive deep down into Mediterranean waters.
Heide Park, set in Soltau, Lower Saxony, is the largest amusement park in the north of Germany
; it is home to "Colossos", one of the steepest wooden roller coaster in the world, and “Krake,” the only dive coaster in Germany. Another highlight of this park is “Scream”, the largest gyro-drop tower in the world. There are also plenty of attractions for small visitors: from “Screamie”, a mini version of the tower for fearless four-year olds, to fairy tale rides, puppet shows, and boat rides through the park.
Located off the Baltic Sea in the north of Germany, Hansa Park is the country’s only seaside amusement park; there are 11 themed areas, from “Medieval Fair” to “Land of the Vikings”. A new theme world dedicated to the historic “Hanseatic League of Europe” is currently being built. Thrill-seekers can board the roller coaster “Curse of Novgorod” with its steep 97-degree drop – in complete darkness. If you need a break after that, head to the manicured lawns and flower beds of the tranquil Hansa Gardens.
This theme park close to Cologne
caters to the whole family; there are plenty of rides for courageous visitors, like the Black Mamba, an inverted roller coaster; the Talocan top spin, Europe's only suspended top spin ride; and the Mystery Castle bungee drop ride with its 65 meter high free fall. The park is also home to several themed hotels for every budget, including the four-star Chinese Ling Bao hotel, the three-star African Matamba hotel or the Smokey's Digger Camp tepee village.
This theme park in Bavaria, one hour away from Munich
, has rides, roller coasters, and live shows, but it’s the small colorful Lego bricks that take center stage here; over 25 million Legos have been used to rebuilt European cities, landscapes, and landmarks, as well as scenes from popular movies such as Star Wars, all on a on a scale of 1:20. By turning switches and pressing buttons, little visitors can bring the colorful Lego scenery to life.
Germany’s oldest theme park is dedicated to life in Swabia in the 1800s, celebrating local customs, traditions, and food. At Tripsdrill, close to Stuttgart, you’ll find quirky rides such as white water rafting in wash tubs or bundt cake shaped carousels; and how about a soapbox race or a visit to a museum dedicated to Germany’s largest collection of wood-spindle presses? There is also a wildlife park with more than 130 animals, including wild horses, wolves and bears, as well as many petting and feeding areas for smaller animals. You can spend the night Tripsdrill-style in tree houses or shepherd’s wagons.
North of Hannover, zoo meets amusement park at Serengeti Park Hodenhagen; You can take a 10 km safari by car or bus and to get up and close to more than 15000 animals, including giraffes, rhinos, zebras, and white tigers; another highlight is the monkey world with its 200 monkeys from 20 different species, partly in walk-through enclosures. And finally, there is “leisure World”, where visitors of all ages can enjoy ferries wheels, roller coasters, and high-rope courses, and playgrounds.