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There are far more than 1,000 exciting attractions in Germany’s theme parks – all for different age groups, at different prices and with different online ratings.
In order for visitors to keep track of things, the booking platform “Travelcircus” has divided the most popular facilities into categories and rated them. For example, value for money for a family of four, the fun potential for children of different ages (4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 years old) and the number of mentions on Instagram and Facebook (hashtags in relation to the number of followers).
Which park visit do travel experts think is worth the most? We show an overview of the 25 best fun temples and present the top 5 in more detail.
5th place: Movie Park Germany
In Movie Park Germany near Bottrop-Kirchhellen (North Rhine-Westphalia), visitors can experience famous cinema films and TV series in an adventurous way.
In seven themed areas, the design of more than 30 slides, carousels and water rides tells stories, for example from the spooky horror show “The Walking Dead”, the science fiction saga “Star Trek” and the fun children’s series “Spongebob” Square Pants “. visitors to the “movie sets” will also meet one or two movie stars like Marilyn Monroe.
The rides are divided into fast slides for adrenaline junkies, moderate carousels for the less brave and relaxed rides for smaller children and those who love peace and quiet. The most popular coasters: “Star Trek: Operation Enterprise”, “MP-Express”, “The High Fall”, “Van Helsings Factory” and “The Walking Dead Breakout”.
In terms of awareness (number of Google searches) and the number of postings in social networks, Movie Park is almost the frontrunner. However, the entrance fee is deductible. Overall, Movie Park ranks fifth on the rankings.
- Attractions and rides: more than 30
- Total area: 45 hectares
- Opening hours: late March to early November
- Admission ticket: Persons aged 12 and over EUR 54.90, children (four to eleven years) EUR 49.90
- Address: Warner-Allee 1, 46244 Bottrop-Kirchhellen
- homepage: movieparkgermany.de
4th place: Adventure Park Tripsdrill
The Tripsdrill theme park opened in 1929 near Cleebronn (Baden-Württemberg), making it the first theme park in Germany. Visitors are offered about 100 attractions and a zoo where live e.g. brown bears, wolves and bald eagles. The whole park is designed according to the theme “Swabia in 1880”.
The most popular rides include “Head Over heels”, “Karacho”, “G’senkte Sau”, “Waschtub Rafting”, “Mühlbach-Fahrt” and the wooden roller coaster “Mammut”.
In the amusement park test, Tripsdrill took fourth place. The park is doing particularly well in terms of the variety of rides for different age groups and positive reviews on the internet. There are clear deductions when it comes to popularity on social media.
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- Attractions and rides: about 100
- Total area: 77 acres
- Opening hours: early April to early November
- Entrance at the ticket office (including “Wildparadies”): Persons aged 12 and over 38 euros, children (four to eleven years) 33 euros
- Address: Adventure Park Tripsdrill-Strasse 1, 74389 Cleebronn
- homepage: tripsdrill.de
3rd place: Heide Park Resort
A total area of 85 hectares with about 40 attractions in four themed worlds makes the Heide-Park-Resort near Soltau (Lower Saxony) the second largest amusement park in Germany and the largest in northern Germany.
The park is especially known for the attractions “Colossos” (spectacular wooden slide), “Flight of the Demons” (the only wing coaster in Germany) and for “Krake” – a diving coaster where daring people fall through the belly of an underwater monster .
Young visitors prefer to have fun in the cheerful “Peppa Pig Land”, in the theme world “Taming the roof – the island” and for the exciting pirate show.
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In the “Travel Circus” evaluation criteria, Heide-Park scores well in relation to the number of Google searches and the offers for different age groups. There are fewer points for popularity on social media.
- Attractions and rides: about 40
- Total area: 85 acres
- Opening hours: late March to early November
- Admission ticket: Persons aged 12 and over 54 euros, children (three to eleven years) 42 euros
- Address: Heide Park 1, 29614 Soltau
- homepage: heide-park.de
2nd place: Hansa Park
Hansa-Park is the only German amusement park by the sea. With around 1.8 million visitors a year, the huge facility in Sierksdorf (Schleswig-Holstein) on the Baltic Sea is also one of the most popular parks in Germany. In the new rankings, the wonderland with maritime charm ranks second.
Visitors can have fun on the 460,000-square-foot plot with 125 attractions. During the 2022 season, copies of Hamburg’s “Fleet-Schösschen” and a “Hanse-Kogge” as a toy ship will be opened.
The roller coasters “Oath of Kärnan”, “Escape from Novgorod”, “Royal Scotsman” and “Highlander” freefall tower promise excitement. In summer, the cheerful rafting trip “Störtebekers Kaperfahrt” is one of the most popular rides.
The inspectors gave Hansa-Park top marks for the price-performance ratio, for ratings and search queries on Google and also for the variability. Only in terms of popularity on social media are there even bigger differences on the front-runner.
- Attractions and rides: about 125
- Total area: 46 hectares
- Opening hours: early April to late October
- Entrance: Persons aged 12 and over 44 euros, children (four to eleven years) 35 euros
- Address: Am Fahrenkrog 1, 23730 Sierksdorf
- homepage: hansapark.de
1st place: Europa Park
18 themed worlds, 60 attractions and 5.5 million visitors each year: the dimensions of the Europa-Park in Rust (Baden-Württemberg) are gigantic in many respects. The amusement paradise is the most visited amusement park in Germany and the second most visited park in Europe – only Disneyland in Paris counts more visits.
The most exciting slides: “Silver Star” (127 km / h fast), “Blue Fire Megacoaster” (catapult start with two seconds to 100 km / h) and the huge wooden slide “Wodan”.
That Europa-Park ranks first in the “Travel Circus” rankings is primarily due to its popularity on social media. No other park gets more mentions on Facebook and Instagram. Although the result is calculated in relation to the number of followers, the top position on social media and also in the number of Google searches and reviews does not come as a surprise given the high number of visitors.
Europa-Park also ranks first in the price-performance ratio category. After all, guests have about 70 exciting attractions to choose from on the record-breaking total area of 95 acres. The entrance hall is still in a similar price segment compared to smaller top parks.
- Attractions and rides: about 70
- Total area: 95 hectares
- Opening hours: Summer: late March to mid-November; Winter: late November to mid-January
- Admission ticket: Persons aged 12 and over 55 euros, children (four to eleven years) 47 euros
- Address: Europa-Park-Strasse 2, 77977 Rust
- homepage: europapark.de
All 25 parks tested in an instant
The “Travelcircus” test examined 44 theme parks and selected the 25 best facilities. These are all test winners in an instant:
- Europa Park23.46 points
- Hansa Park 21.72 points
- Heidepark 21.30 point
- Adventure Park Tripsdrill 20.85 points
- Movie Park Germany 20.80 points
- fantasy land 20.73 points
- Holiday park 20.66 points
- Bayern Park 20.53 points
- Fort Fun Adventure Land 20.38 points
- Swabia Park 20.30 point
- Potts Park 20.03 points
- Skyline Park 19.72 points
- Plohn Amusement Park 19.53 points
- Taunus Wonderland 19.35 points
- Interpreter show 19.04 points
- Rasti land 18.94 points
- Belantis 18.84 points
- Animal & leisure park Thüle 18.64 points
- Serengeti Park 18.63 points
- Karl Roevershagen 18.61 points
- Erse Park 18.53 points
- Slot Beck 18.46 points
- Jaderpark 18.32 points
- Leisure land hostage wind 18.29 points
- Churpfalzpark 18.27 points