The rumbling of roller coasters, the looming giant wheels, the haunted house that is developed out of stuff that nightmares are made of, the kings, queens, princes and princesses, the dripping water slides and the bustling cafes, theme parks and amusement parks are always joyous and quirky places to visit. If you are in Europe and planning your next family vacation
or if you and your friends want to have a thrilling experience, do head over to a theme park and make exciting memories. We have jotted down a list of some of the best theme parks in Europe
, just for you. Go ahead, scream your lungs out!
1. Disneyland Paris, France:
Step into the fantasy and magical land of Disney where you will get to meet and pose with princesses, pirates as well as Mickey Mouse himself. Spread across 5 lands, Disneyland Paris is a must visit for the young and the young at heart because there is something for everyone over here and has the best theme park rides in Europe.
Address: 77777 Marne-la-Vallée, France
Timings: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Thrilling Rides: Alice’s Curious Labyrinth, Indiana Jones and the temple of peril, Les Mystres du Nautilus, Orbitron, Sleeping Beauty Castle.
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2. Alton Towers Theme Park, England:
Being one of the best theme parks in UK, the Alton Towers Theme Park is a fabulous place where kids will probably want to spend an entire lifetime! Not only the rides but also the accommodations and restaurants look right out of a fairytale. And while the kids get to enjoy the rides, the adults can head over to the in-house spa to enjoy a pampering session.
Address: Farley Ln, Alton ST10 4DB, United Kingdom
Timings: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thrilling Rides: Galactica, Oblivion, Th13teen, Twirling Toadstool, Spinball Whizzer.
3. PortAventura, Spain:
An extraordinary amusement park in Europe, on your Spanish escapade, do try to fit in a visit to PortAventura in your travel itinerary. Advertised as a ‘theme and leisure park’, apart from adrenalin pumping rides, you will also find a shopping centre, a boutique selling authentic crafts from Mexico, a candy store, a top-notch resort, themed restaurants and live entertainment (including musicals) within the park premises.
Address: Av. de l'Alcalde Pere Molas, km 2, 43840 Vila-seca, Tarragona, Spain
Timings: 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Thrilling Rides: Furius Baco, Tutuki Splash, Kontiki, Tea Cups, El Secreto de los Mayas, El Salto de Blas.
4. Gröna Lund, Sweden:
One of the best theme parks in Europe for adults, Gröna Lund has it all- thrilling rides, live concerts by some of the best known names in the music world, quirky bars, quirkier restaurants and a House of Nightmares that will knock your socks off! Having said that, the park also welcomes kids with an array of activities and rides that will leave them captivated.
Address: Lilla Allmänna Gränd 9, 115 21 Stockholm, Sweden
Timings: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Thrilling Rides: Bla Taget (Ghost Train), Blackfisken, Flygande Mattan, Fritt Fall, Eclipse, Insane, House of Nightmares, Fritt Fall Tilt.
5. LEGOLAND Windsor, United Kingdom:
Another good theme park in the UK, LEGOLAND Windsor Resort claims to be UK’S favourite kids’ theme park. We couldn’t agree more with them! Right from the rides to the hotel and resort, everything in this park is built around the theme of Lego, the game we all grew up playing. You will definitely be ‘building’ memories over here!
Address: Winkfield Rd, Windsor SL4 4AY, United Kingdom
Timings: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Thrilling Rides: Vikings’ River Splash, The Dragon, Spinning Spider, Thunder Blazer, Atlantis Submarine Voyage.
6. Futuroscope, France:
An incredible adventure park in Europe, Futuroscope in France will make you feel like you have stepped into the future. Sample this, they have attractions and rides such as ‘The Time Machine’, ‘Dance with Robots’ and ‘Tiny Giants’. Using state of the art technology, the theme park also hosts spectacular 3D and 4D shows and entertaining plays.
Address: Avenue René Monory, 86360 Chasseneuil-du-Poitou, France
Timings: 8.30 a.m. to 11.30 p.m.
Thrilling Rides: The Time Machine, Dances with Robots, The Machines of Da Vinci, Arthur the 4D Adventure, Aerobar, Dynamic, The Tram of the Brave.
7. Efteling, The Netherlands:
Another one of the best theme parks in Europe, Efteling is full of enchanting attractions and intriguing rides. Having a landscape that feels like a fairytale land, the theme park however has surprisingly few rides. But they are custom made and thus you will never find something like them anywhere else in the world. Now that’s one heck of a way to have a freakishly gala time with your loved ones!
Address: Europalaan 1, 5171 KW Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands
Timings: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Thrilling Rides: Stoomcarrousel, Droomvlucht, Pirana, Baron 1898, Python, Joris en de Draak, Spookslot.
8. Europa-Park, Germany:
Possibly the best children's theme park in Europe, at Europa, the management ensures that all their rides are family friendly. Being the largest theme park in Germany, you can spend an entire day over here and probably still feel a want for more!
Address: Europa-Park-Strae 2, 77977 Rust, Germany
Timings: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thrilling Rides: Paul's Playboat, African Queen, Carousel Spinning Dragons, Alpenexpress Enzian, Atlantica SuperSplash, Alpenexpress Coastiality, Matterhorn Blitz.
9. Walibi Belgium:
Walibi Belgium is a unique amusement and leisure park in Europe. A must visit for the whole family, the park houses over 40 attractions which include a water park, 16 rides and activities for the kids, live entertainment and even street animations. And if you want to spend a weekend over here, the place also has accommodation options along with restaurants and shops.
Address: Boulevard de l'Europe 100, 1300 Wavre, Belgium
Timings: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Thrilling Rides: Buzzsaw, Flash Back, La Grande Roue, Bling Bling Madness, Cobra, Dalton Terror, Vampire.
10. Popeye Village, Anchor Bay, Malta:
A unique theme park in Europe, the Popeye Village in Malta is basically the movie set of the 1980 Robin Williams movie of the same name. The set has now been converted into a full-fledged theme park where visitors get to meet characters from the famous cartoon, explore the quirky Popeye Comic museum and maybe even nibble on spinach!
Address: Triq Tal-Prajjet, Il-Mellieħa, Malta
Timings: 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Thrilling Rides: Everything about this charming place is enjoyable and fun.
11. Bakken, Klampenborg, Denmark:
Did you know that Dyrehavsbakken, popularly known as Bakken, is the oldest amusement park in the world? It was founded in the year 1583. Step into an amusing part of history at this theme park in Europe that will keep you entertained with rides, games and food. Home to an 82 year old wooden rollercoaster along with many other new ones, it is safe to claim that the Bakken is one of the best roller coaster parks in Europe!
Address: Dyrehavevej 62, 2930 Klampenborg, Denmark
Timings: 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Thrilling Rides: All of them are entertaining!
Which of these theme parks in Europe do you intend on visiting? Do let us know how much of a thrilling experience you had by commenting below. Keep screaming, keep rolling, keep falling!
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