Travel insights from Taylor Coulson, contributing editor for The Compass

Your Ticket to 6 of Europe’s Best Theme Parks

A trip to Europe is exhilarating whether you’re cycling through cities, gallivanting through fairy-tale castles or imbibing the day away. But what’s more thrilling or adventurous than spending a day at a theme park? Here are six European theme parks to visit for the ride of your life.

1. Disneyland Paris

Even if you’ve seen what Disney World and Disneyland have to offer in the U.S., nothing compares to the magic in the city of love. Magical adventures create a playground for all ages at Disney’s first European park, aka Disneyland Paris. There are more than 50 attractions, interactive live shows and themed restaurants to experience. Disney characters lead the way so there’s no doubt about your inner child thriving.

2. Tivoli Gardens

Tivoli Gardens theme park in the heart of Copenhagen has a motto, “always like never before.” It has a fairy-tale atmosphere that combines classic amusement park attractions and unparalleled gastronomy with mesmerizing landscaping and light shows. Whether you’re looking to travel into space or take in colorful Copenhagen upside down, there’s something for everyone. For authentic thrill seekers, ride on a wooden roller coaster with a brakeman on board – there’s only seven rides like this within the world!

3. Av Tibidabo

Riding up the Collserola mountain range via tram and funicular train is exciting, but imagine being immersed amongst the clouds at the highest summit in Catalonia. At 1,680 feet above sea level, Av Tibidabo has more than 25 rides and the best Barcelona views, fast- or slow-paced. The attractions are scattered throughout the park within six different levels. Whether you’re looking for a speedy way to take in panoramic or get full-circle views, there’s a ride for every style. For those taking a breather, tour the Temple of Tibidabo, which is visible almost everywhere in the city.

4. Europa-Park

Between the Black Forest and the Vosges is Europa-Park in Rust, Germany. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience that features a fantasy version of Europe through 100 rides scattered throughout 13 different lands of various countries and cultures. Red bricks, medieval towers and recreations of authentic European city centers and iconic landmarks are brought to life. You’re able to check windmills in the Netherlands, the Berlin Wall and Spanish-styled hotels off your bucket list in one day! The ultimate adult playground defines this German theme park.

5. Gardaland Amusement Park

Not far from Lake Garda is Gardaland, Italy’s largest theme park. Fantasy, space, geography and history come together to enhance every visitor’s experience. It’s known as the “Disneyland of Italy” and features more than 30 rides, a variety of shows and interactive adventures. Fantasy, adventure or adrenaline seekers will feel at home since there’s a taste for all. Visitors will find over 5,000 finned friends at Gardaland Sea Life Aquarium which has 13 themed areas and 40 habitats. Additionally you’ll discover a tropical lagoon, interactive tanks and a coral reef.

6. Area 47

On the 47th degree of latitude, limits are tested and memories are made at Area 47 in Tyrol, Austria. It’s Europe’s largest outdoor adventure park, different from other amusement parks on this list. This is Austria’s only space where you can experience blobbing, the art and trend of getting catapulted into the air via an inflatable cushion. Adventuring here isn’t just mountain biking or whitewater rafting, but rather hanging from a 98-foot mega swing, rock climbing or ascending the world’s highest rope course.

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