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Top 5 best amusement parks in Europe

Albina PanchenkoNews
Amusement parks in Europe

Disneyland is every child's dream. Dozens of rides, animators, cheerful music... But there are always so many people there that it is quite frustrating. Today we will tell you about alternative amusement parks that will give you no less (and maybe even more) impressions.

Italy, Gardaland

One of the most popular locations for entertainment in Europe. It is located on the shores of Lake Garda between Venice and Milan. Its area is 600 thousand square meters.

The park was opened by Italian businessman Livio Furini, who was inspired by the atmosphere of the American Disneyland. More than 3 million people visit this place every year.

Gardaland has several themed zones: Fantasy Kingdom, Rio Bravo, Kung Fu Panda Academy, Peppa Pig Land, and Prezzemolo Land.

In total, the park has 36 rides, including the most popular ones: Mammut, Jungle Rapids, Fuga Da Atlantide, Shaman, Blue Tornado, Raptor and Oblivion: The Black Hole, etc. There is also a realistic 4D cinema.

Tickets cost from 50 euros, but you can buy them online for 39 euros.

When the park is open:

  • May-mid-June: from 10:00 to 17:00-19:00.
  • Mid-June-mid-September: from 10:00 to 19:00-23:00.
  • Second half of September: from 10:00 to 17:00-21:00.
  • October-January, weekends and holidays: from 10:00-10:30 to 18:00-20:00.
Top 5 best amusement parks in Europe

Germany, LEGOLAND

This park is completely built of Lego. Therefore, it is a must-visit for all fans of the famous designer.

The entertainment complex is located in the center of Bavaria in the city of Günzburg. Its area is about 140 hectares. The territory has the shape of a circle divided into thematic zones: Mythica, Valley, Knight's Kingdom, City, Miniland, World, Pirate Shores, etc.

There are rides for both children and adults: water and roller coasters, a cable car, and a meeting with your favorite LEGO characters. And in the center of the park is MINILAND, a museum that features Lego copies of famous European cities on a 20:1 scale.

Tickets cost from 64 euros, but you can buy them online for 39 euros.

When the park is open:

  • April-November: from 10:00 to 18:00.
  • Weekends and holidays: from 10:00 to 20:00.
Top 5 best amusement parks in Europe

Germany, Europa-Park

It is the largest of the German entertainment centers and the second most popular after Disneyland. It is located in the city of Rust in the southwest of the country and covers an area of 65 hectares.

The park was founded in 1975 as a demonstration site, but eventually it became one of the favorite places for all amusement park fans.

Like many of its counterparts, the entertainment complex is divided into thematic zones, each of which corresponds to a particular European country: Switzerland, Portugal, Greece, Italy, Great Britain, etc. Each of the 13 parts has its own unique architecture. In addition to the countries, you can visit the Adventure Land, Grimms Fairytale Forest, The Monimoys Kingdom, etc.

In total, there are more than 100 rides and dozens of entertainment shows, including gladiatorial fights. The longest slide is 850 meters long and the highest is 73 meters.

Tickets cost from 49 euros.

When the park is open:

  • March 25-November 5: from 9:00 to 18:00.
  • November 6-January 7: daily from 11:00 to 19:00, except for December 24 and 25.
Top 5 best amusement parks in Europe

Spain, Port Aventura

The largest amusement park in the country is located on the territory of a popular resort on the Costa Dorada near the city of Salou.

The vast territory of 34 thousand square meters includes hotels, a water park, and five themed entertainment centers in the style of China, the Wild West, Polynesia, the Mediterranean, and Mexico.

The park has 10 play areas with roller coasters, carousels, and daily show programs. There are many water activities for kids, including interactive fountains, jacuzzi springs, and even a pirate ship!

About 5 million people visit the location every year. The most popular attractions are Dragon Khan, which is 1269 meters long and includes eight dead loops, Hurakan Condor, and 4D cinema Sea Odyssey. The legendary Cirque du Soleil also performs here!

Ticket prices start from 40 euros.

When the park is open:

  • All year round from 10:30-19:00 and 10:30-23:00. Check the website for exact times.
Top 5 best amusement parks in Europe

Cyprus, WaterWorld

The largest water park in Europe, stylized as ancient Greece. Here you will find 35 water slides, divided by the level of extreme. By the way, their names echo the plots of ancient myths.

In addition to the rides, there are restaurants, a pizzeria, and ice cream stalls on the territory. You can just lie on a sun lounger and swim in the pool. And if you want something unusual, you can go karting and fish peeling for the body.

The ticket price starts from 27 euros.

When the park is open:

  • June-September: from 10:00 - 18:00
  • April-October: from 10:00 - 17:00

Amusement parks allow you to forget about gray everyday life and feel like you are in a fairy tale or another world for a few hours. We hope that we managed to show that the choice is not limited to Disneyland and that you have new ideas for your next trip.

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