What are the Top Amusement Parks in Europe?

Whether traveling with friends or carting the kids, sometimes a vacation from your vacation is in order. Theme parks have come a long way over the years and it’s become very big business.

A good general site to visit is www.themeparkinsider.com for more details. Not only do they list the major venues in Europe, but they also have the Top 15 rated rides according to reader polls.

Certainly one of the more anticipated events to open will be the scheduled $60 million Bible Land theme park in Moscow. Scheduled to be ready by 2005, it will be a non-denominational, non-profit park complete with a replica Solomon-era Jewish village, an ancient Roman fortress, an Arab palace, and a copy of the Church of the Nativity. Last Suppers will also be available in the restaurant. Oh yum!

The world’s oldest amusement park is located in the historic forest of Dyrehaven, Denmark and is called Bakken. Its opened each spring for the last 518 seasons, see www.bakken.dk

Europe boasts a wide range of fantastic amusement parks, offering thrilling rides, entertainment, and attractions for visitors of all ages. Some of the top parks include:

  1. Disneyland Paris (France):
    • Located in Marne-la-Vallée, near Paris, Disneyland Paris is one of the most popular and iconic theme parks in Europe. It features two main parks, Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park, offering a magical experience for visitors of all ages.
  2. Europa-Park (Germany):
    • Situated in Rust, Germany, Europa-Park is one of the largest and most visited theme parks in Europe. It's known for its diverse range of attractions, themed areas representing different European countries, and high-quality entertainment.
  3. Tivoli Gardens (Denmark):
    • Located in Copenhagen, Tivoli Gardens is one of the oldest amusement parks in the world. It combines historic charm with modern attractions, beautiful gardens, and cultural events.
  4. PortAventura World (Spain):
    • Situated in Salou, near Barcelona, PortAventura World is a popular resort complex that includes PortAventura Park, Caribe Aquatic Park, and Ferrari Land. It offers a mix of thrilling rides, water attractions, and entertainment shows.
  5. Efteling (Netherlands):
    • Located in Kaatsheuvel, the Efteling is the largest theme park in the Netherlands. It's known for its enchanting fairy-tale atmosphere, beautifully landscaped gardens, and imaginative attractions.
  6. Gardaland (Italy):
    • Situated on the shores of Lake Garda in Castelnuovo del Garda, Gardaland is Italy's largest amusement park. It offers a wide variety of rides, shows, and themed areas.
  7. Liseberg (Sweden):
    • Located in Gothenburg, Liseberg is one of Scandinavia's largest amusement parks. It features a mix of thrilling rides, family attractions, gardens, and entertainment.
  8. Alton Towers (United Kingdom):
    • Situated in Staffordshire, England, Alton Towers is one of the most popular theme parks in the UK. It offers a wide range of rides, including some of the fastest roller coasters in Europe.