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Discover Germany | Culture & Lifestyle | Europa-Park

Europa-Park Fantastic short breaks at Germany’s biggest theme park Are you up for a roller coaster ride in complete darkness, speeding down a metal ice-run at 50 km/h or do you prefer a super-soaking water journey? Europa-Park is a resort like no other, with over 100 thrilling attractions and more than 6 hours live entertainment every day. Plus, now you can add this year’s newest sensation, “ARTHUR – in the Minimoys Kingdom”, Europa-Park’s biggest indoor attraction ever, to the mix.

energy in “Würmchen Wies’n” (tiny worm meadow), the new 80 sqm play area. Their elder siblings plunge down the river through breath-taking rock formations at the mercy of the Park’s churning waterway, the“Tiroler Wildwasserbahn”.

TEXT: CORDELIA MAKARTSEV | PHOTOS: EUROPA-PARK

White façades, picturesque little towers, large flower beds on the plaza and richly ornamented balconies wait for visitors in the Spanish themed area. The scent of freshly baked bread and hot crêpes welcomes the guests in the “Quartier Français” with its typical French flair.

Oversized ladybirds, gigantic frogs and imposing caterpillars fly, hop and crawl over huge branches and gigantic rocks. But this isn’t the Brazilian rainforest, this is the newest adventure for the whole family at Germany’s most popular theme park, Europa-Park in Rust, close to the Black Forest, in the three-border area of Germany - France - Switzerland. Following the detailed scenes from top director Luc Besson’s smash hit movies ”Arthur and the Invisibles”, you can go on an exciting journey through the seven king-

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doms in search of the Minimoys’ treasure, witness the world from above in the Free-Fall-Tower or explore Selenia’s gorgeous home. Spread over 95 hectares, the Europa-Park is separated into 13 zones and themed according to European countries, spoiling the guests with regional specialities and displaying country-specific architecture. In Austria, parents enjoy the traditional pancake dish ’Kaiserschmarrn’in the cosy, rustic“Zirbelstube”while their toddlers let off

White-knuckle rollercoasters and topclass show acts But it is the rides that you really come for – rides such as the top-thrillers like Silver Star, Europe's biggest rollercoaster with a height of 73 metres and high speeds of up to 130 km/h. Test your nerves on the Euro-