20 tips for visiting Europa-Park theme park in Germany

Hidden away in the Black Forest in Germany is a theme park like no other. Europa-Park is a family-run park and yet it is enormous – one of the biggest in Europe. Each area of the park is based on a different European country. Beside the main theme park lie a selection of upmarket hotels, a camp resort with wagons, log cabins and teepees and a campsite. There’s even an open water swimming lake and a nature reserve. Here are my top 20 tips for making the most of your visit.

20 tips for visiting Europa-Park - one of the biggest theme parks in Europe, located in the Black Forest in Germany

1. Check what’s on before you go

Europa-Park host a plethora of fantastic events. On specific dates like Halloween and Christmas they pull out all the stops. But throughout the year there are things going on for both children and adults. So if you have some flexibility with the date of your visit, check their events page before you go.

20 tips for visiting Europa-Park - one of the biggest theme parks in Europe, located in the Black Forest in Germany

2. Time your visit to avoid the queues

The queues at Europa-Park are incredibly reasonable in comparison to other European Theme parks. I visited in August and didn’t queue for more than half an hour for anything. However the theme park is located on the border between Germany, France and Switzerland. Journalists from the Guardian visited during May half term when children from those countries were in school. They commented that they only had to queue for a maximum of five minutes for the rides.

3. Check age and height restrictions

The rides at Europa-Park have both age and height restrictions. It is worth checking these before you go. Older children will be unable to go on certain rides or use the splash-pads, and there are several children’s rides that are unsuitable for younger children. If you have a child who will just miss out on rides they want to go on, it may be worth adjusting the timing of your visit to make sure they get the most from it.

4. It’s not just for children

Europa-park is a theme park that has something for everyone. The big rides are some of the fastest and most extreme in the world. They host evening shows that are just for adults, all the hotels have spa access and there’s even a Michelin starred restaurant. If you’re travelling with an adult-only group don’t rule it out.

20 tips for visiting Europa-Park - one of the biggest theme parks in Europe, located in the Black Forest in Germany

5. Don’t forget swimwear

For younger children, there are splash-pads to play in that can only be enjoyed if you remember to bring their swimwear. These are great for cooling down on a hot day and they are a great way to keep young children entertained if older children and adults are on the big rides. There’s even a natural swimming lake at the Camp Resort if the adults fancy a dip.

20 tips for visiting Europa-Park - one of the biggest theme parks in Europe, located in the Black Forest in Germany

6. Take some time to relax

Europa-Park is by some distance the most relaxing theme park I’ve been to. You could definitely enjoy a day there without going on any rides. Take a leisurely cruise on the Africa Queen boats or the Jungle Rafts. Relax on a sun-lounger, enjoy a pint in the Irish pub or take a stroll around the nature reserve. If you’re staying in the hotel, you’ll have use of the swimming pool and spa facilities. Book a treatment in advance for ultimate relaxation.

20 tips for visiting Europa-Park - one of the biggest theme parks in Europe, located in the Black Forest in Germany

7. Take a ride in Virtual Reality

Europa-Park really do lead the way with Virtual Reality technology. You’ll need to pay a couple of Euros extra for the VR headsets on Coastiality and the queue can be a little longer as only the back few seats are set up for the VR ride. But it’s all worth it – it’s like nothing I’ve ever experienced before and I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.

8. Use the EP Express to get around

Before visiting Europa-Park, I’d somewhat underestimated the sheer size of it. Walking around the park all day can be tiring, especially for little legs. When you arrive, make a mental note of where all the EP Express stations are. You’ll be glad of it when you’re moving from zone to zone, it’s a great chance to have a sit down and save some energy. It will even take you back to your hotel, you’ll be lounging by the pool before you know it.

20 tips for visiting Europa-Park - one of the biggest theme parks in Europe, located in the Black Forest in Germany

9. Don’t forget the single rider line

This is a theme park run with stereotypical German efficiency. The staff don’t want people to end up queuing for a long time for the rides, so they try to fill up all the spare seats. So if you’re travelling alone or willing to split up your party and ride separately, head for the single rider line. You’ll generally get on busy rides within about five minutes, even when the regular queue is half an hour long.

20 tips for visiting Europa-Park - one of the biggest theme parks in Europe, located in the Black Forest in Germany

10. Don’t overlook Wodan

The wooden coaster Wodan doesn’t go upside down or break any speed records, but it’s one of my favourites. This is a fast rollercoaster with a unique feel to it due to the sound and feeling produced by the wooden structure.

20 tips for visiting Europa-Park - one of the biggest theme parks in Europe, located in the Black Forest in Germany

11. There’s more to Europa-Park than the rides

I felt like this was more than just a theme park. The luxury of being able to relax, watch a show, eat in an up-market restaurant, swim in a lake or even have a spa treatment means that you can spend a whole day there without going on any rollercoasters – and still have a brilliant day.

20 tips for visiting Europa-Park - one of the biggest theme parks in Europe, located in the Black Forest in Germany

12. Plan your day

Due to the massive scale of Europa-Park, you’ll never manage to do everything. So do your research – take a look at the website before you go and decide which attractions you definitely don’t want to miss. You can even download an android app or iOS app to help you plan. They have some great features for when you’re in the park too, such as letting you know queue times.

20 tips for visiting Europa-Park - one of the biggest theme parks in Europe, located in the Black Forest in Germany

13. See the whole park from Euro-Tower

With all the big rides and high-end technology, it is easy to overlook Euro-Tower. However it’s a brilliant place to see both the park itself and the beautiful Black Forest that surrounds it. The tower revolves slowly so you can really take in the scenery. Check out my video to get an idea of the amazing view.

14. Plan lunch at a restaurant or bring a picnic

There is a huge selection of restaurants at Europa-Park, both within the park itself and at the hotels. They have every type of cuisine and it’s well worth deciding what sort of thing you want before you go so you can aim to be there at around lunchtime. Prices are reasonable for a theme park but food costs add up when you’re buying for a family. Luckily, there are plenty of picnic areas around the park so you can enjoy your own food and save some money if you prefer.

20 tips for visiting Europa-Park - one of the biggest theme parks in Europe, located in the Black Forest in Germany

15. Brave the queues for the FoodLoop restaurant

The FoodLoop is a fantastic restaurant where your food is delivered via a mini rollercoaster. When I visited in August, there was quite a big queue to get in here and I nearly gave up. But I noticed that the queue was actually moving really quickly and they were slotting in individuals and couples to make sure all the seats were used. We only ended up queueing for about ten minutes and and it was well worth the wait to have our food delivered by rollercoaster.

16. One day isn’t enough

To get the full experience from Europa-Park, you’ll need to spend more than one day there. I spent a full day at the park and returned the following morning for an hour before we had to go. I don’t think I managed to get around half of the attractions in that time and had I been with my family, everything would have taken a lot longer. I’d strongly recommend putting aside at least two days to enjoy Europa-Park, and more if you can manage it.

20 tips for visiting Europa-Park - one of the biggest theme parks in Europe, located in the Black Forest in Germany

17. Don’t assume the accommodation is beyond your budget

There is a great range of accommodation to suit every budget. From high end hotels with Michelin starred restaurants to log cabins and teepees. There’s even an area for camper vans, so if you’re travelling around Europe this is the perfect place to stay.

20 tips for visiting Europa-Park - one of the biggest theme parks in Europe, located in the Black Forest in Germany

18. Beat the queues

If you do decide to stay in one of the hotels, you will have access to the park half an hour before the general opening time. It’s worth making the most of this quiet period to go on the more popular rides before the queues build.

20 tips for visiting Europa-Park - one of the biggest theme parks in Europe, located in the Black Forest in Germany

19. Enjoy the evening entertainment

The hotels all have their own entertainment in the evening. There are shows, fireworks and laser displays. After a tiring day at the park, it’s easy to just eat dinner and collapse into bed. But if you’ve still got the energy, the entertainment is excellent.

20. Take time to visit the local area

The Black Forest boasts the sort of idyllic scenery you might associate with the side of a chocolate box. There are quaint little villages and vast expanses of woodland containing hiking and cycling trails. There are also vibrant cities with stunning architecture. If you have the chance to combine your trip with a holiday, it’s well worth taking the time to explore the region. Europa-Park is located on the border with both France and Switzerland so you can have a real European odyssey without venturing too far.

20 tips for visiting Europa-Park - one of the biggest theme parks in Europe, located in the Black Forest in Germany

Europa-Park is ranked the number one theme park in Europe according to trip advisor. If you travel to Europe or go on holiday to the Black Forest in Germany this is well worth a visit. The park is enormous and you would never manage to get around it all in one day so here are some tips to help you make the most of your visit.

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24 Comments

  1. January 17, 2017 / 3:03 pm

    Wow! So much to do in one place! The husband has stated that he would like to visit Germany soon, this is defintely a contender for somewhere to to visit 😀

  2. January 18, 2017 / 10:52 pm

    My son really really wants to visit Germany but I have always thought what is there to do for all the kids. I am going to check the age/height restrictions and see how suitable this is because it sounds right up their street. Thank you for such a thorough write up to help me decide.
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  3. January 19, 2017 / 6:03 am

    Hi Nat, what a lovely write-up. Your photos have made Europa- Park come to life and are a credit. There was a time when the thought of riding on a crazy roller coaster would have got me excited, but not so much now. The Euro Tower is probably where I would head first followed closely by the food places.

    xx
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  4. January 19, 2017 / 2:51 pm

    We were looking into potentially visiting Europa Park only yesterday. Thank you for all the information you’ve provided in this post. It’s by far the most useful info we’ve come across!
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  5. January 19, 2017 / 9:58 pm

    This looks amazing, my kids would LOVE it! We’ve never been to Germany or Europa Park. Off to find out where it is!

  6. January 23, 2017 / 12:52 pm

    I’ve been eyeing up this theme park for a couple of years now! Glad to see advice from someone who’d been as I was just going off the website! It looks like such an ace place to visit, for me what stopped me visiting was the price of accommodation during the period I tried to book. I might try again for this year.

  7. Astrid
    February 1, 2017 / 1:28 pm

    Hi Natalie,

    I didn’t even know a place like this exists!

    This sounds like a home schooling parent’s dream! You get a fun filled holiday AND the chance to teach the kiddies about different countries AND sleep in unusual homes!

    Thanks for sharing this!

  8. May 2, 2017 / 10:39 am

    Oh my goodness that looks like my kind of place -I’m such big kid! Such great photos & tips, I feel like booking in a trip to Germany right now!!!

  9. May 3, 2017 / 12:20 pm

    This sounds totally amazing, great to have another reason to never go to Disneyland and another reason to definitely visit the Black Forest! #familytraveltips

  10. May 3, 2017 / 4:05 pm

    Oh this sounds right up my street, I love how there are so different areas for Europe countries- I love Europe and history 🙂
    My OH would love the big rides too!
    Looks like you could spend a lot of time there. I think I would prefer this to Disney 🙂 is it suitable for public transport?
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  11. May 3, 2017 / 9:45 pm

    I’ve never heard of this park but it sounds awesome! Thank you for writing such a detailed, helpful post. Great pics as well! #familytraveltips

  12. May 3, 2017 / 10:08 pm

    Great tips! I think our boys would love to visit here. Looks a great place for a day out (or two!) #familytraveltips

  13. May 3, 2017 / 10:27 pm

    This sounds great and the details are really useful. I *might* even be able to persuade my other half to visit this theme park! #familytraveltips

  14. May 4, 2017 / 9:43 am

    I love the look of this the kids would love it! Need to think about a trip. #familytraveltips

  15. May 4, 2017 / 9:49 pm

    This looks fantastic Nat! It seems to have something for everyone and I know where to come when planning a trip. Some very handy info here! #familytravel tips

  16. May 7, 2017 / 12:32 am

    Oh gosh this sounds amazing and what superb tips too. We love Germany and I have to admit we’ve not been to Europa Park although I’ve heard lots about it. I’m itching to do the Black Forest too!

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