Operations Manager, Simon Chambers, and a few other members of the Fred.\ Holidays team recently enjoyed a short break at Germany’s Europa-Park. Here, Simon explains why the resort has so much more to offer than thrilling rides.
My recent (and first) visit to Europa-Park opened my eyes to the extra experiences on offer at this fantastic resort.
Whilst the initial concept by the Mack family was to build a theme park which opened its doors in 1975, developments over its 43-year history have expanded this to include much more. There has been a growth of themed accommodations; wellness, spa and fitness facilities; conference facilities; a golf club and the resort is now due to open its first water park, complete with themed hotel, in 2019.
Talking about themed hotels, I can honestly say this is the first time I have been in one country and - thanks to the in-depth detail of a hotel, its surroundings, restaurants and staff members - been made to truly feel like I am somewhere else. Dining in the piazza area of the Hotel Colosseo was perfect - traditional Italian pizza, the sound of the fountain and, of course, delicious food.
After our hotel visit and presentation, it was clear that guests visit Europa-Park for many more reasons beyond the high thrill rides and shows. The attention to detail on cuisine, wellness and spa facilities, and evening themed entertainment is also key. So much so that even during the winter period, when the park is closed and refurbished, the hotels are still occupied by guests looking for a relaxing and food-filled retreat.
Then we have the theme park itself. From high-flying thrill rides to brand new shows, including Paddington on Ice, every square foot of the park has been purposely designed for all ages. And when I say all ages, it was clear that couples (elderly and young), families, groups of friends and even family pets were all catered for. Yes – pets too. I was surprised to see that guests staying at the resort can walk their pets in the park, highlighting the fact that this is a place for everyone.
The innovation is another remarkable focus and it’s the first time I have seen this within a park. Rollercoasters are themed for an entertaining ride and, to maximise the guest experience on some, you can enjoy the same rollercoaster with a virtual reality headset offering a completely different ride experience. The next step in this is the opening of the Moulin Rouge CanCan coaster in summer 2018, where riders can experience the ‘normal’ rollercoaster or, alternatively, choose a dark virtual reality roller coaster experience.
I believe that whilst the theme park is still a huge attraction for all guests, the full resort will appeal to groups of guests looking for a spa retreat, opportunities to play golf or just an excuse to relax. All generations of the family will love their experience at Europa-Park.
As UK travel partners of Europa-Park, we can help you plan a fun-filled trip to this part of Germany. Call us on 0800 988 3369 and the team will create a package to suit you.