Amusement Parks in Europe

Living in the UK, we have the rest of Europe at our feet for when we want a weekend away or even a long summer holiday, there’s plenty of options available.

Having children does inevitably change the way you plan your holidays, so quite often I will look for what attractions are in the area of the hotel/campsite and this mainly includes amusement parks.

Nemesis Alton Towers

Here’s my top choices for the best amusement parks in Europe…


Staying true to home, Alton Towers in my opinion is the best park in the UK, it’ offers a wide array of rides for all ages and is constantly growing to add new attractions to its site.  Also one of the good things I like is that it offers 2 different sorts of hotel options in Splash Landings and its own Alton Towers Hotel.


Heide Park is based within Soltau, Lower Saxony in Germany and is one of the biggest amusement parks in the country.  Soltau is a quaint mid-sized town about an hour from Hamburg and 3 hours from Berlin, so within easy driving distance of one the main cities in Germany.  New for 2014 is Germany’s first wing coaster ‘Flight of the Demons’ 🙂


Possibly the most famous amusement park in Europe and probably the world are the Disney Resorts and Disney Land Paris based just outside the city.  I haven’t yet been to this resort but did go to Disney World in Florida and we had an amazing time!  The Paris version offers a quick cheaper alternative should you not have the time to travel to the US and quite often has discounts throughout the year too.


Based only 1 hour away from Barcelona, PortAventura is Spain’s best amusement park.  The park hosts the normal rollercoaster type rides but also has its own Aquatic Park and 4 hotels to choose from should you wish to stay on site.  Being based in Spain , you do have the added benefit of the weather being pretty good most of the year round and is near the seaside so probably offers the best for kids entertainment.

PortAventura Spain

A few other parks worth a mention are Tivoli Gardens in Denmark, Europa Park in Germany, Efteling in The Netherlands and Liseberg in Sweden all very good and within easy reach of the countries main cities.

Have you been to any of the Amusement Parks mentioned, if you’ve been to any of the others, which ones would you recommend and why?

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6 Responses to Amusement Parks in Europe

  1. Barefoot Mahala July 2, 2014 at 10:33 am #

    Looking at the first photo is my idea of hell lol. My eldest child is just beginning to like theme parks, so I see a lot more of them in my future – I’ll be the one holding the coats whilst everyone else gets tipped upside down. I;ll stick to gentle tea cup rides with my toddlers!
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    • Carly July 2, 2014 at 11:39 am #

      Thanks for stopping by, give me rollercoasters over the teacups any day! Always come off them nauseous!

  2. Ness (@jibberjabberuk) July 2, 2014 at 10:46 am #

    I know my daughter has at least three of the above on her ‘to go to’ list. I think we’re going to have to wait until my son is older as he get frustrated at being too small to go on most on the rides.
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    • Carly July 2, 2014 at 11:40 am #

      I just need mine to be braver to go on the rides with me! They’re getting there…baby steps and all that 🙂

  3. Dale July 3, 2014 at 3:30 pm #

    Living in the UK, it’s kind of like a right of passage for every child to go to Alton Towers and I’ve been lucky enough to go four or five times. It’s as good as you can imagine and utterly deserves to be on the list.

    • Carly July 3, 2014 at 9:33 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by Dale! Yes probably biased but Alton Towers is my favourite too…I think at one time during school you will get to go on a school trip here 🙂