On the hunt for the best amusement parks in Europe? From the coast of Spain to the countryside of France to the heart of Prague, here is a look at all of the top picks for every family type.
Most Popular Destination in Europe: Disneyland Paris
Okay, this one is an obvious pick but you can’t make a list of the best amusement parks in Europe without mentioning Disneyland Paris. What kid doesn’t want to visit Disneyland? And what couple doesn’t want a whirlwind escape to the City of Lights? This is one place that works for pretty much any family.
Insider Tip: Luxury and kid-friendly rarely go hand in hand. Except at Hotel Le Bristol . You can stay in the heart of the city in a well-appointed property that offers endless activities for kids and arranges childcare. Before Disney, treat yourself to a parents-only night out and let the staff plan a fun night in for the kids.
Most Underrated Amusement Park in Europe: Efteling in the Netherlands
Less than a two hours’ drive from Amsterdam, you will find the magical Efteling amusement park. Inspired by classic fairy tales and folklore, this is perfect for those kids (and adults!) who grew up loving Red Riding Hood, Snow White, and other European classics. Far from a bookish affair though, you will find intense roller coasters, all-ages water rides, and kid-friendly shows.
They have a gorgeous hotel on-site, the Efteling Hotel . This place was made for families and is by far and away the most convenient option. When you book a room, you also get unlimited access to the Efteling theme park. Be sure to check out the different fairy book-themed rooms. We loved The Sleeping Beauty Suite!
Considering a trip to Amsterdam? Check out why we named this amongst the most family-friendly cities in Europe. Check out our travel guides: Amsterdam – Family Travel Guide, Amsterdam – Best Family Hotels, Best Family Events in the Netherlands, and Things to Do in the Netherlands with Kids)
Best Beachside Park in Europe: PortAventura in Spain
Have a beach break and a ride on the roller coaster at PortAventura in Spain. Not only is this one of the best theme parks in the world, but it is right next to the amazing new Ferrari Land theme park.
If you want to get the best of everything, plan to base your trip in Tarragona. This small beach city is famous for its gorgeous Mediterranean shoreline and impressive Roman ruins, but it’s only 15 minutes from the amusement park. For a gorgeous kid-friendly spot, check out the affordable Hotel Pigal. You can be on the bus to the amusement park or at the beach within ten minutes. You will also be in the heart of the city so exploring on foot is easy.
If you want to be right where the action is, book the PortAventura Resort . Any booking includes free and unlimited access to the PortAventura Theme Park, and a 30% discount for Costa Caribe Aquatic Park. Hotel themes include America’s Far West and a tropical paradise. Not cheap, but kids love it here.
Other hotels and resorts at PortAventura include:
Nature Lover’s Top Spot in Europe: Europa-Park
The biggest theme park in Germany and the second most popular amusement park in Europe, Europa Park is a prime pick. The epic park is located between Freiburg, Germany, and Strasbourg, France. If you’re exploring the heart of the continent, this is a dream stopover for a few nights.
While it’s easy to get around Europa Park, it is a bit outside of the city so you will be better off staying in one of the onsite hotels. Luckily, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to family-friend accommodation. Bring the caravan and stay on the camping site or check out one of the camp resorts where you walk alongside exotic animals from around the globe. Like it luxe? There is a range of surprisingly affordable four-star hotels that are completely kid-friendly too.
Insider Tip: Have Germany heritage? Before you go, read up on the ways that you can reconnect with your roots while exploring the old country.
One of a Kind Option in Europe: Parc Asterix
Been to all of the best theme parks around Europe and looking for something a bit different? Welcome to Parc Asterix in France. This is a place that is truly educational and fun at the same time. The whole place is split up into different historical periods. You can want through time as you explore Ancient Greece, the Roman Empires, and the land of the Vikings. When you’ve had your fill of princesses and superheroes, this is a cool option for a different (but just as engaging) theme.
Located just 15 minutes by car from the Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport, there is a range of accommodation options nearby. For an unforgettable experience, spend at least one night at Hôtel Des Trois Hiboux . This kid-friendly place is located in the heart of the Gallic forest and has gorgeous views. You can get a family room with all of the essentials for kids of all ages then let the little ones explore all of the children’s areas around the hotel.
Best Pick for Teens in Europe: Thrill Park Prague
Kids yawning on the rollercoaster? If your teens have been there and done that, take them to the Thrill Park Prague in the Czech Republic. Part haunted house, part amusement park, this is one place that will have your adrenaline pumping from beginning to end.
If you are looking for teen-friendly activities, look no further. When your kids are just a bit too old to want to spend an entire day in the amusement park, this is a great option in the heart of the city. You can spend some time here then go on to explore the rest of the beautiful city of Prague.
For a place that the whole family will love, check out the NYX Hotel Prague. This trendy spot in the middle of the city has family-sized rooms along with Skype booths and Xbox stations to keep them busy during downtime in the hotel.
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