- 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
Wife-Carrying World Championships, Finland
Want to win your wife’s weight in beer? Head on over to Market Square in Sonkajärvi on the first Saturday in July to take part in the Wife-Carrying World Championships. Held since 1992, the event sees husbands making their way through 250+ meters of obstacles while carrying their wives. The winner gets the beer but runners up can still win awards for “most entertaining”, “best costume” and “strongest carrier”.
Running of the Bulls, Spain
The centuries-old Running of the Bulls takes place in Pamplona each year in honor of the town’s patron saint, San Fermin. From July 6–14, runners dressed in traditional garb will sprint in advance of the charging toros along an almost 1-km-long track. Whether you take part in the actual running or just watch from the sidelines or balconies, it’s an amazing spectacle to behold. Ole!
Bastille Day, France
Whether you’d like to celebrate French Independence in charming rural towns, lavish seaside resorts, or in the heart of the capital, Paris, fireworks displays, parades, and festivals galore all but guarantee you’ll have a grand time. The wine will flow and the ambience will be merry whatever your French destination on July 14th, Bastille Day.