For active families and thrill-seekers alike, visiting local amusement parks during your upcoming trip to Europe is a no-brainer. There is so much to do in these incredible theme parks that detailed planning doesn’t need to be involved. Just drive up in your comfy family rental car and presto- instant fun for the whole day! Europe boasts numerous incredible sights, from breathtaking mountains and charming villages, to bustling cities and historic cultural centers. The exceptional quality of destinations throughout Europe extends to the theme parks. Here are some of our favorites:
Best App-Based Theme Park- Angry Birds Land, Finland
There are people who play Angry Birds, and there are people who love Angry Birds. If you’re in the latter group and just can’t get enough of the playful, yet challenging game on the go, you can take a trip to Finland and see it all in real life. You can pick up a rental car in the hip city of Helsinki and with a two-hour drive through gorgeous countryside, you will find yourself at Särkänniemi Adventure Park in Tampere, a.k.a. Angry Birds Land. Begin with the adventure course, which is pretty much the playground from your most indulgent childhood fantasy with confounding and delightful spires and obstacles. Continue on to Angry Birds Ride, the cars of which are shaped like the iconic game characters. Unfortunately, these little vehicles are things that we just don’t happen to have in the extensive Auto Europe rental car fleet… yet! The abundant attractions will appeal to those of any age, and all are true to the theme of the celebrated cell-phone game.
Most Thrilling Rides – PortAventura, Spain
We can wax about the benefits of one theme over the next all day long, and there are a great number of gorgeous parks with well-designed novelties in Europe. However, if you just want the daredevil speed of powerful roller coasters, you should head to PortAventura near Barcelona, Spain. In this park, extreme rides are the name of the game. The Himalayan-inspired “Shambala” is objectively the tallest and fastest coaster in Europe, while the eight loops of “Dragon Khan” pack an intense wallop of speed. The park also features a Sesame Street section for younger visitors and numerous tasty eateries, comfy hotel amenities and long, white sand beaches in the nearby town of Salou. Those who really like the feeling of power at their fingertips will be delighted by the upcoming addition of Ferrari Land. If you can’t wait for the new attraction to open in 2016, you may consider a Ferrari Rental in Barcelona, or you can check out the flagship park for sports car enthusiasm, Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi!
The Most International Park- Europa-Park, Germany
Imagine taking a stroll through the entire continent of Europe in a single action-packed afternoon. Europa-Park is just an easy drive from Strasbourg, Germany and its expansive ground feature attractions that celebrate all parts of Europe. You’ll be able to experience an ode to Russian space missions with a daring spin on the one-of-a-kind Euro-Mir, savor some treats in a charming Swiss village, and then coast blissfully through a picturesque fjord, all before nightfall! Abutting the park are no fewer than five resort style hotels, all of which have earned four-stars. There is also a large campground, spas, cinemas and a full golf course.
Most Literary Amusement Park – Dickens World, UK
Admittedly, my Charles Dickens education began and ended with assigned reading in high school. With that said, it seems a bit unreal to me that someone took the bleak industrial revolution themes of his collected writings and decided to build a fun-park out of them. But that’s exactly what you’ll find with a visit to Dickens World in Chatham, England. If you’ve ever wanted to enter the world of Oliver Twist or Great Expectations, you should seize this opportunity as the exhibits and attractions really are beautifully rendered. You’ll experience frightening chills in the Haunted House of Ebenezer Scrooge, and truly delve into history with the reproduction of a Victorian London street. The performances and tours really could help bring the stories alive for Dickens enthusiasts, young readers or those who are rediscovering his important books.
Most Mythological Park – Parc Asterix, France
If you’re particularly interested in French culture and its historic roots, then rejoice! Not far from Paris is a park based on a classic French cartoon character, Asterix, who delved deliciously into Gallic storylines and even played a bit with classic Roman mythology. The numerous action-packed thrill rides are given names like “Flight of Icarus” and “Descent along the Styx.” Additionally, there are appealing settings and live theatrical performances sure to delight any Francophile. Between stops at the delectable candy stands and shows like “Theft of the Mona Lisa”, you’ll be taking in unbounded fun in the most French of ways!
Paris is veritable paradise for the Amusement Park enthusiast, with other nearby parks including the sci-fi themed Futuroscope and the mouse palace itself, Disney. With a rental car and a steel stomach of determination, it’s possible to do it all!
Most Picturesque – Tivoli Gardens, Denmark
Measuring in at merely 21 well-appointed acres, Denmark’s Tivoli Gardens may be a bit smaller than many American counterparts, but it is among the world’s most popular parks for a good reason. With hundreds of thousands of lights and flowers, each and every square inch is masterfully committed to creating a beautiful and fun experience for all members of the family. This park boasts the world’s tallest carousel and one of the oldest operating wooden roller coasters. Even better than that are the active cultural showings Tivoli Concert Hall and The Pantomime Theater. Tivoli is a popular spot for a good meal, a live show and people watching, even for visitors who aren’t planning to board the thrilling rides. Because of its convenient location, it draws many Copenhagen locals and has numerous incredible eateries. Interestingly, the historic Tivoli Gardens served as Walt’s basic inspiration for the original Disneyland. Plan your visit for the summer months as this gorgeous attraction is only open between mid-April and mid-September.
If taking a ride on the wild side includes a visit to the amusing theme parks, then Auto Europe is here to help you get there. We provide car rentals in more than 10,000 locations throughout the world, which will get you closer to any site than an adrenaline junkie or adventure-loving family might care to visit. Call us today at 1-888-223-5555 to speak with our helpful travel experts, or check out the great deals on our website. With our intuitive three-step booking engine, you could have your car rental reserved in just seconds. We’re available 24/7 to help you plan the road trip of a lifetime!