Best amusement parks in Europe (2022)

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The roller coaster, the ghost train, the castle of the princess and the big wheel,..Discover the best amusement parks in Europe. For children, but also for teenagers and adults, Europe has hundreds of amusement parks. Discover our selection of the best amusement parks in Europe.


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1. Disneyland

Paris - France

Fairytales take flight across 5 incredible lands filled with classic attractions, shows and street parades. Rub shoulders with swashbuckling pirates, zoom through time and space and look on in awe at the unforgettable firework and light displays over Sleeping Beauty Castle.(©disneyland.fr)

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2. PortAventura

Spain

PortAventura is a theme park and a resort in the south of Barcelona, in Salou, Tarragona, Spain; on the Costa Dorada. It attracts around 4 million visitors per year making it the most visited theme park in Spain.

PortAventura Park is also the 6th most visited theme park in Europe. The resort also includes Costa Caribe Aquatic Park and four hotels. It is the biggest resort in the south of Europe. It has two airports within 30 minutes of it, including Reus Airport.There is a train station for PortAventura which has connections to Barcelona and Salou.

The park, located in the south of Barcelona, features five theme areas based on historic civilizations (Mediterrània, Far West, México, China and Polynesia) and one theme area based on Sesame Street which was opened for the 2011 season of the park.(©CC)

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3. Europapark

Germany

Europa-Park is the largest theme park in Germany and the second most popular theme park resort in Europe, following Disneyland Paris.

Europa-Park is located in Rust, in south-western Germany, between Freiburg and Strasbourg, France.

The park is home to twelve roller coasters, the oldest being the Alpenexpress Mine Train, where a powered coaster speeds through a diamond mine, – and the newest coaster being Arthur, a suspended indoor/outdoor powered rollercoaster and dark ride combination. Europa-Park has very high capacity rollercoasters and attractions meaning the park can accommodate up to approx. 50,000 guests per day.(©CC)


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4. Futuroscope

Poitiers-France

With more than 46 million visitors since it opened, Futuroscope is one of the best-known and best-loved leisure parks in France. And the only one of its kind in Europe!

Futuroscope is the ideal place to relax in, with 60 hectares of tranquil green countryside and 25 original experiences you won’t find anywhere else!

Absorb the fantastic, fun and fairy-tale Futuroscope atmosphere with over 25 original experiences waiting for you in our stunning attraction theatres, as heart-thumping adventures, outrageous thrills, mind-blowing journeys, the fairy-tale evening show and fascinating attractions deliver delights to suit all tastes and ages: films in giant format, thrill-filled attractions, 3D rides with 4D effects, games, live shows, open-air activities, and more….(©tourisme-vienne)


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5. Parc Astérix

France

Parc Astérix is a theme amusement park in France, based on the stories of Asterix (by Albert Uderzo and René Goscinny). Situated approximately 35 km (22 mi) north of Paris, 32 km (20 mi) from Disneyland Resort Paris and 20 km (12 mi) from the historic Château de Chantilly, in Plailly in the département of Oise, it opened in 1989.

It is especially well known for its large variety of roller coasters, and has begun incorporating rides and themes from historic cultures such as the Romans, the ancient Greeks and now the Egyptians, but always in the visual style of the stories.(©CC)

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6. Gröna Lund

Stockholm -Sweden

Gröna Lund is an amusement park in Stockholm, Sweden. It is located on the seaward side of the Djurgården island and is relatively small compared to other amusement parks, mainly due to its central location, which limits expansion. The 15-acre amusement park has over 30 attractions, and is a popular venue for concerts during the summer. Gröna Lund was founded in 1883 by James Schultheiss. Gröna Lund's roots are in the 1880s, making it Sweden's oldest amusement park. In 1883, a German by the name of Jacob Schultheiss rented the area to erect "carousels and other amusements", and until 2001 descendants of Schultheiss ran Gröna Lund. Before the amusement park came into being, Gröna Lund was the name of a small park.

The park's location is quite unique in the sense that most of the buildings are old residential and commercial structures dating from the 19th century. The buildings are therefore not built for the park; instead, the park is built around the buildings.(©CC).

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7. Gardaland

Italy

Gardaland is an amusement park located in North-Eastern Italy. Opened 19 July 1975, it includes "Gardaland", "Gardaland Sea-Life" and "Gardaland Hotel". It is adjacent to Lake Garda while not looking out of it. The entire complex covers an area of 445,000 m2 (4,789,940 sq ft), while the only theme park measuring 200,000 m2 (2,152,782 sq ft). Inside there are mechanical attractions and themed water well. Every year it is visited by nearly 3 million people.

Gardaland has been ranked by Forbes Magazine ranked fifth in the top ten amusement parks in the world with the best turnover and is the eighth in Europe by number of park visitors.(©CC)


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8. Tivoli Gardens

Copenhagen - Denmark

Tivoli Gardens (or simply Tivoli) is a famous amusement park and pleasure garden in Copenhagen, Denmark. The park opened on 15 August 1843 and is the second oldest amusement park in the world, after Dyrehavsbakken in nearby Klampenborg.

With 4.033 million visitors, Tivoli is the second most popular seasonal theme park in the world, the most visited theme park in Scandinavia and the fourth most visited in Europe, only behind Disneyland Paris, Europa-Park Rust and the Efteling.(©CC)

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9. Walibi

Brussels - Belgium

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Walibi Belgium is a unique leisure park for sensations for the whole family in Belgium.40 attractions including 16 for the kids, street animations,1 aquatic park and a lot more !

Walibi Belgium is the ideal theme park to visit with family and friends. The park has attractions for all ages. The famous Radja River, the crazy Calamity Mine and all other family attractions...

Take a seat in one of the sensational attractions of Walibi Belgium. Face the high speeds or dizzying heights ! Put your hands high in the air, feel the wind in your hair and... do not forget to...(©Walibibelgium)


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10. Efteling

The Netherlands

Efteling is a unique theme park with a fairytale atmosphere and a wide range of thrilling and enchanting attractions, making it ideal for the whole family. Set amongst natural surroundings, Efteling captures the magic of all seasons and welcomes you 365 days a year !

Enjoy precious moments together. Step inside this fairytale world full of wondrous tales, delightful dreams, and adventures at high speed. Glide through the enchanting world of fairies and trolls in dream flight 'Droomvlucht', huddle together during the exciting park show Raveleijn and close your fantastic day at Efteling with the biggest watershow in Europe, Aquanura.(©Efteling)

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11. Pleasure Beach

Blackpool-UK

Thisamusement park offers outstanding thrills and spills – this isa UK theme park with a blend of unique rides and family friendly activities. You can try out the legendary Big One to test your nerve, head over to Nickelodeon Land to try out 12 exciting rides, or there’s Wallace & Gromit’s Thrill-O-Matic to delight your kids and satisfy your inner thrill seeker.

If you’re looking for one of the best theme parks in the UK, Blackpool Pleasure Beach is The Big One. With the best rides, shows, and prices. (©Blackpoolleisurebeach)


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12. ThePrater

Vienna-Austria

The Wiener Prater is a large public park in Vienna's 2nd district (Leopoldstadt). If people talk about the Wiener Parter they often mean the "Wurstelprater". The so called "Wurstelprater" is the oldest amusement park in the world. But the Wiener Prater consists of more: the Hauptallee (the main alley), the Krieau and the Praterstadium (Ernst Happel Stadium) belong to the area of the "Wiener Prater".

The Prater was firstly mentioned in a document in 1162 under the reign of emperor Friedrich I. In 1766 emperor Josef the II. donated the area to the people of Vienna. From this point on the Prater was accessible for everyone. Following to that bowling alleys, cinemas, Cafés and merry-go-rounds were created.(©CC)

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13. Alton Towers

United kingdom

Alton Towers Theme Park opened on 4 April 1980. Major attractions include Nemesis, Oblivion, Air, Runaway Mine Train, Congo River Rapids, Hex – The Legend of the Towers,... Alton Towers is known for creating new ride types when it comes to rollercoasters. They have a line of 'Secret Weapon' rides which usually bring something new to the industry.

The Alton Towers Waterpark opened in June 2003. It consists of several pools and slides including the Master Blaster water coaster. The waterpark, along with the adjoined Splash Landings Hotel, carries a tropical Caribbean theme with the 'Paradise Plumbers' creating the slides.(©CC)


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14. Legoland Billund

Denmark

Take a fun and scary ride on Ghost – The Haunted House. Sneak inside The Haunted House, which is crawling with vampires, ghosts and monsters. You can chase ghosts in the enchanted mirror maze and meet The Crazy Scientist and his mad experiment that will send you and your brave family floating and perhaps even drop youuuuu....!

You can also look forward to a reunion with all the LEGOLAND® activities you know and love. Keep a cool head as you whiz through Polar Land on an awesome snowmobile with the Polar X-plorer rollercoaster. This ride has a unique 5-metre drop that will turn your blood to ice. Get to know our colony of real live penguins in Penguin Bay. Explore the fascinating Miniland and experience an amazing world made entirely of LEGO® bricks.(©VisitBillund)


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FAQs

Is Europa-Park better than Disney? ›

The Disney Parks are just a lot nicer themed than Europa-Park, and so is the theming of the rides. Disneyland Paris is just a little more family-friendly, plus the destination for families with young children who are fans of Disney.

Where is Europe's largest theme park? ›

Europa-Park is the largest theme park in Germany, and the second most popular theme park in Europe, after Disneyland Paris. Europa-Park is located in Rust, south-western Germany, between Freiburg im Breisgau and Strasbourg (in neighbouring France).
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Is Disneyland Paris bigger than Europa-Park? ›

The biggest amusement park in Europe is Disneyland Paris with a visitor count of 976 000. Other notable parks include Europapark in Berlin – 5.7 million and Efteling in Holland had an attendance of 5.54 million.

What is the biggest roller coaster park in Europe? ›

The statistic shows a ranking of the highest roller coasters in Europe as of February 2022. With a height of 112 meters, Red Force at Ferrari Land in Spain ranks as the tallest roller coaster in Europe and the fifth tallest in the world.

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