These are the 10 best theme parks in Europe

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Which amusement park in Europe is the best? A ranking provides information. © dpa / Robin Van Lonkhuijsen / Imago / Petra Schneider / Jens Kalaene (photo montage BW24)

The travel portal Travelcircus compared more than 60 amusement parks in Europe in a comprehensive analysis. You can find out which parks got into the top 10 here.

Rust – There are more than 1,000 amusement parks in Europe. But which is best? This question is the travel portal Travel circus persecuted. For the evaluation, the portal compared the 65 most popular amusement parks in Europe and 2,598 attractions. In addition to entrance prices, opening hours, ratings, Google search volume and Instagram postings, all attractions were surveyed and categorized in the rankings. In total, the parks could collect a maximum of five points in five categories – a total of 25 points.

1. Europa-Park (Germany) – a magnet for visitors to the heart of Europe

Europa Park Rust
In control, Europa-Park Rust was particularly convincing with its good price-performance ratio. © Petra Schneider-Schmelzer / Imago

Yes, it’s true: The best amusement park in Europe is located in Baden-Württemberg! Europa-Park Rust secured 21.84 points in the rankings and took first place. With this result, the park even beats Disneyland Paris. The people of Rust performed particularly well in the categories of value for money, assessments, family friendliness and attention. With around 5.8 million visitors, the park is the second most visited amusement park in Europe after Disneyland. Located right on the German-French border and not far from Switzerland, it is literally in the heart of Europe and attracts visitors from several countries.

2. Efteling Park (Netherlands) – for romantics, history buffs and adrenaline junkies

The entrance to the Dutch amusement park Efteling.
The entrance to the Dutch amusement park Efteling. © IMAGO / ANP

The silver trophy in the rankings went to Park Efteling from the Netherlands with 21.05 points. Measured by the number of visitors, the park is the third largest amusement park in Europe. On the 72-hectare site, 36 different themed worlds attract romantics, families with children, history lovers and action fans. The theme areas of the Eftelingparken are home to insane rides and wonderful nature – from the lovingly designed wonderland (Marerij) to the travel country (Reizenrijk) to the other country (Anderrijk).

3. Disneyland Paris (France) – a must for fans of Mickey, Anders and Co.

Disneyland Resort Paris is one of the most popular theme parks in Europe.
Disneyland Resort Paris is one of the most popular theme parks in Europe. One problem: the price-performance ratio. © Jens Kalaene / dpa

With 20.61 points, Disneyland Paris secured third place in the rankings. No wonder: who wouldn’t want to immerse themselves in Disney’s magical world? At Disneyland you will meet iconic characters from cartoons and animated films. In addition to themed tours, spectacular shows with music and dance invite all age groups to marvel. In the check, Disneyland was particularly compelling in terms of attention, family friendliness, and its suitability for amazing Instagram snapshots. In one respect, however, the park performed less well: When it comes to value for money, Disneyland lags far behind other parks.

4. PortAventura World (Spain) – Versatile theme park on the Costa Dorada

In addition to 41 attractions for all ages, more than 40 shows await guests at PortAventura. © ivantagan / Imago

PortAventura World is Spain’s largest resort with around 3.5 million visitors a year. Located on the Mediterranean coast near Salou (Costa Dorada, Province of Tarragona), the park covers 105 hectares and is divided into six themed areas. In addition to 41 attractions for all ages, more than 40 shows await guests at the park. PortAventura World comes in fourth place in the Travelcircus rankings!

5. Liseberg (Sweden) – scooter, Ferris wheel, roller coaster and concerts

Liseberg Park
During the summer months, there are concerts at Liseberg almost every day. © Adam Ihse / Imago

Nordic mythology is full of action – so is Scandinavia’s largest amusement park, Liseberg. No wonder these two worlds meet here and form part of a new symbiosis. Located in Gothenburg, Sweden, the amusement park offers fantastic attractions – from flying teacups and scooters to the Ferris wheel and roller coaster. In addition to more than 35 different attractions, Liseberg also entices with concerts and theater performances. Concerts are held here almost every day, especially during the summer months.

Energylandia (Poland) – 150 attractions and water park included

Energylandia Poland
Energylandia is a Polish amusement park near Kraków. © Beata Zawrzel / Imago

Energylandia Amusement and Water Park is located in the city of Zator, 54 kilometers from Kraków. In the 35-hectare amusement park, 150 different attractions in six themed areas await visitors of all ages. Whether it’s the fastest roller coaster ride in Europe, a trip to the giant water park or frolicking in the family zone – a day here flies by. Access to the water park is included in the Energylandia ticket, but the water area is only open when the weather is nice and warm as it is an outdoor area. So do not forget your swimsuit!

Gardaland (Italy) – slides, water attractions and theme rides

Gardaland from above
More than 40 attractions in Gardaland make the hearts of young and old beat faster. © Manuel Romano / Imago

A holiday on Lake Garda can certainly be combined with action as well as relaxation. In Peschiera del Garda, adrenaline junkies, fantasy fans and little explorers get all their money. The park, which opened in 1975, now has more than 32 rides and nine shows on about 33 acres. In addition to the slides, the main attractions in the park are water attractions and theme rides.

8. Linnanmäki (Finland) – 40 rides, 4D cinema, circus performances and musicals

There are about 40 rides of various sizes in Linnanmäki. © Peter Erik Forsberg / Imago

Linnanmäki is an amusement park in Helsinki. The park, whose name means something in the direction of the castle hill, is colloquially called Lintsi and is located on a hill in the district of Alppiharju, which is quite close to the city center. There are about 40 rides of various sizes in Linnanmäki. There is also a 4D cinema, games, circus shows and lotteries. Attached to the park are the Sea Life Aquarium and the Peacock Theater, where musicals are displayed.

9. Tivoli Copenhagen (Denmark) – one of the oldest amusement parks in the world

Tivoli Copenhagen amusement park
The amusement park Tivoli in Copenhagen impresses with an atmosphere of lake, streams, fountains and numerous flower beds. © allOver / TPH / Imago

As early as 1843, Tivoli was a mix of park, cafes, entertainment and amusements. It is one of the oldest amusement parks in the world and is visited by more than four million people every year. The amusement park in Copenhagen impresses with an atmosphere of lake, streams, fountains and numerous flower beds. Its colorful mix of rides, attractions, culture and music program makes the park in the center of Copenhagen just as attractive for adults and children.

10. Plopsaland (Belgium) – beautiful park with colorful flowers

Plopsaland amusement park
Plopsaland Amusement Park © KURT DESPLENTER / Imago

Plopsaland is one of the most exciting theme parks in Belgium with its wide range of entertainment. The imaginatively designed rides make big and small visitors close their eyes. The park in De Panne has delighted its visitors since 1936, first as a dreamlike park with a colorful display of flowers. It has been run by the amusement park group Plopsa since 2000. Even today, guests will find beautiful nature in the park. It is therefore not surprising that the park duly closes the top 10!

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