Europa Park is Europe’s second largest amusement park and is only about an hour North of Basel by car. For that reason, many Basel locals think of Europa Park as “their” amusement park and many visit it annually for one or several days.

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In the medieval castle garden of Schloss Balthasar, the amusement ride production family Mack opened in 1975 their own amusement park to showcase their products. This “showcase park” grew quickly and now has over 4.5million visitors per year.Europa Park is nicely divided into themed areas – mainly European countries. In these “countries,” you will find typical country architecture, local food specialities, products from the respective countries and people who wear traditional clothes – in many areas, you actually feel like you are in that country.The over one hundred attractions (incl. rides, booths, and shows) are integrated into the Europa Park themed areas. Today, Europa Park has so many rides, that it would take about seven hours to ride on every single one!  This does not include breaks for eating and any shows. Europa Park, really is too big to experience in one day -and every minute counts!  That’s why Basel Buzz gives you recommendations on several topics to help you make most out of your Europa Park visit.  

Superb Shows

Europa Park offers some excellent shows with a rather high quality for an amusement park. Many Europa park shows will be entertaining, especially if you’re not only a thrill-ride seeker. Basel Buzz recommends that you schedule at least one show during your visit.  Noteworthy shows are: the Spanish Arena (Spain), the Shakespeare Theater (England), and the Ice Show (Greece).  

How to get there?

By Car:
  • Take the Swiss freeway (A2/A3) into Germany.  It turns into Autobahn A5 towards Karlsruhe (no speed limit until Neuenburg and then after Freiburg again).
  • Exit 57-b and follow signs towards Europa Park – it is well marked! Recommendation:  when you get closer to the park, be careful on the Autobahn, there can be a traffic jam at the exit.
Travel time: about an hour.
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  • From Basel SBB or Badischer Bahnhof to Freiburg (Breisgau), Germany.
  • Change to a regional train to Ringsheimand then switch to bus 7231 to Europa Park.
Travel time: about 1.5 hoursBus:  Various travel bus companies offer day trips to Europa Park. A seperate article will follow soon!  
Address, phone & links
Europa Park Europa Park Strasse 2 77977 Rust, Germany
 phone: +49 (0) 7822 / 776688




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