- With over 80 million foreign tourists annually, France is the most visited country in the world.
- You can start gambling as soon as you land in Amsterdam, at the Holland Casino found in the Schipol airport.
- There are 28 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the UK including Stonehenge, the Tower of London, and Westminster Abbey.
- Germans are the world’s second biggest drinkers of beer (after the Irish), with an annual average of 119 liters per consumer.
- 44% of the world's olive oil is produced in Spain.
If you’re like most people, when you think of European travel you think of culture, cuisine, churches, museums and similarly highbrow experiences. Europe, however, also happens to be home to some of the greatest amusement parks in the world.
1. Siam Park Tenerife(Canary Islands, Spain)
Europe’s biggest water park with the world’s largest man-made waves, this all round fabulous amusement park also has an artificial white sand beach, “active” volcano, alligators, surf school and plenty of themed eateries.
2. Disneyland Park (Paris, France)
First opened as Euro Disneyland, Disneyland Park is a theme park at Disneyland Paris, the most visited theme park in all of Europe. Get ready to enjoy all the great Disney rides, characters and shows you know and love.
3. Legoland (Billund, Denmark)
Located near the Lego factory, the Legoland amusement park is a huge draw for imaginative children and adults the world over. Most of the rides are suitable for small children, which makes it a particularly popular family destination. Another big draw is the Lego miniland, with its recreation of global landmarks and scenes from millions of Lego bricks.
4. Walibi (Wavre, Belgium)
Formerly known as Six Flags Belgium, Walibi Belgium has water rides, thrill rides and rollercoaster rides including the first of its kind rollercoaster/ski lift combo ride.
5. Europa-Park (Rust, Germany)
Germany’s largest theme park, Europa-Park is split into 15 different sections named after European countries and regions. Different shows are performed daily in each region including an ice show in Greece, a gladiator show in Spain and an acrobatics show in Italy. One of the four hotels, the Colosse, has a replica of a Roman coliseum.
6. Wurstelprater Amusement Park (a.k.a. Prater) (Vienna, Austria)
7. Alton Towers (Staffordshire, England)
8. Pleasure Beach Blackpool (Blackpool, England)
9. Kaatsheuvel (The Netherlands)
10. Liseberg (Gothenburg, Sweden)
Upcoming Events Across Europe
Venice Carnival, Italy
Focused in and around Piazza San Marco but celebrated throughout the city, the Venice Carnival dates back all the way to the 13th century. For 12 days each February, locals and tourists don masks to celebrate during the world’s top baroque fancy-dress party. The centerpiece event is the Grand Masked Ball, which anyone can attend so long as they’re properly outfitted in costume and mask and can dance the quadrilles.
Jorvik Viking Festival, England
Europe’s largest Viking Festival takes place over 8 days in mid-February in York. Staged in the Jorvik Viking Center, home to Vikings over 1,000 years ago and the UK’s top non-London attraction, the archeological and combat festival has been taking place for almost 30 years. The action comes to a crescendo during a staged battle between Viking hordes full of sound and light effects – a truly must-see event.
Holland Flowers Festival, The Netherlands
Starting on the third Wednesday each February and continuing for about a week and a half, the Holland Flowers Festival is truly an extravagant visual delight. Taking place in Bovenkarspel, the festival includes workshops and wine tastings on top of the unending cornucopia of flora on display. Gardens filled with bulbs, shrubs, trees and all manner of ornamental horticulture offer up incredible, unforgettable sights.