Europa Park Flies to New Heights

Record-breaking visitor numbers and new attractions promise much for Germany’s best theme park

German theme park Europa Park had a very successful 2016, as owner Roland Mack pointed out “With over 5.5 million visitors, we once again look back on a record year for our company.” 2016 was also marked by investments of more than 20million “and more than 100 new jobs have been created as a result at Europa Park, along with 150 apprenticeships for young people,” said Mack, adding “The occupancy rate of the themed hotels remains very high: the number of overnight guests and duration of stay has increased steadily.”

At the Europa Park stand, ITB Berlin 2017, the key message for the industry concerns new attractions at the destination in South West Germany. Project V – an innovative world-class flight simulator ride – has seen the biggest single

investment in the history of Europa Park. Potentially Europe’s largest Flying Theatre, the experience promises to be an intense adventure as customers fly on a simulated fantasy ride around Europe’s famous landscapes, with their senses bombarded by wind, water and scent effects. A pioneering combination of thrill-ride and cinematic simulation, Project V is scheduled to be operational in June 2017. More tangible, but a little less immediate, is the Water Adventure Resort – a 46 hectare extension to

the park, full of indoor and outdoor water experiences, due to open in 2019.

With the continued success of Germany’s Mercedes Formula One team, the Monaco motorsport exhibition should become a favourite with the majority domestic visitors, while families can expect the usual mixture of rides, attractions, shows, hotels and restaurants when the summer season starts in less than a month, on April 1