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.
1. Europa ParkEuropa 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.
2. Heide ParkHeide 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.
3. Hansa ParkLocated 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.
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.