Amusement parks in Europe have been providing laughs, screams and family memories for centuries

Some of the world’s best amusement parks are in Europe and somehow they slip under the international radar, which creates manageable crowds unlike some of the amusement parks in Northern America.

Amusement parks are a great idea for the whole family. Teens can explore the rollercoasters and ghost trains, while little ones laugh until they cry on the twirl-a-whirl and Ferris wheel. Throughout the day, families can gather together for entertaining shows, games and of course, delicious carnival food stands.

Best amusement parks in Europe

Paris – Disneyland

Yes, there is a Disneyland in Paris, and it is everything you have dreamed of and more. The enchanted grounds encompass over five lands and include over 50 attractions. Current features include Legends of the Force – Starwars, Marvel Season of Superheros and The Lion King Jungle Festival. You can stay in a Disney hotel within the grounds or at a nearby partner hotel.

If you are travelling within a busy time of year, Disneyland Paris offers a FastPass to get faster, flexible access to attractions.

Soak up all the magic of Paris and Disney in one, at Disneyland Paris.

The Netherlands – Efteling

Efteling opened its doors to the public in 1952 and since then has welcomed over 100 million guests. This amusement park has history, and it’s felt through its unique design and ambiance. Fairytales are the basis for everything in Efteling and are performed throughout the park. In addition to the fairytales are rides, food stalls, beautiful parks and traditional Dutch architecture.

Discover a ‘world of wonders’ at Efteling.

Germany – Europa-Park

If you have a rollercoaster enthusiast in your family, you must visit this amusement park! Europa-Park is the second largest amusement park in Europe and home to the tallest rollercoaster in all of Europe. There are over 15 rollercoasters at Europa-Park, in addition to smaller rides like Ba-a-a-express and Adventure Playground. This amusement park is well suited for multi-generational family travel, as there is a ride for every age group.

Accommodation around Europa-Park is all part of the fun! With themed rooms and resorts, you will feel like you’ve been transported to a different world!

Italy – Gardaland

Forbes Magazine voted Gardaland the fifth best amusement park in the world! When you plan a trip to Gardaland, you know you are in for a magical treat. With rides, aquariums, parks, a Peppa the Pig land and an Enchanted Forest, this amusement park will keep you busy!

There are three hotels to choose from within Gardaland. Staying close by will help you to make the most of your time in the park. Rides are divided into three categories: “for little dreamers,” “for adventures of all ages” and “for thrill seekers.”

This year marks the year of magic at Gardaland! Enjoy magic shows, limited edition rides, and of course, magical memories with the whole family.

Denmark – Dyrehavsbakken

Dyrehavsbakken is more commonly known as Bakken and is the oldest amusement park in the world. Expect something a little different here; there is magic in a whimsical, woodland kind of way. Located within the forest of Jægersborg Dyrehave, Dyrehavsbakken amusement park is surrounded by nature and history. Enjoy rides, traditional food and amazing performances daily. Dyrehavsbakken opened its doors in 1583 and has been expanded and renovated dramatically since. Some of the old architecture and ambiance still exist within the park and gives it a very distinct character.

Explore, enjoy, have fun at the world-famous Dyrehavsbakken.

What kind of amusement park does your family want to include in their European vacation?

Amusement parks in Europe are a great way to add some magic and fun into your holiday. Let the whole family experience a different part of the European culture — and of course, laugh a few days away with carefree fun.

Interested in unique things to do in Europe? Contact one of our experienced travel specialists today for some entertaining ideas the whole family will enjoy.

Travel Specialist