- 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
Carnival of Rijeka, Croatia
Tens of thousands attend the weeks-long festivities in Rijeka, which once had Europe’s most intense carnival life. Concerts, car rallies, charity balls, performances, and parties take place in the days leading up to the main event, the Carnival itself. Stages are set up all along the carnival route where you can ogle and admire all the festive carnival groups and participants.
La Tamborrada, Spain
The Basque city of San Sebastian thunders with excitement on 20 January, when regiment after regiment of drummers parade through the streets. You’ll be thumping along with them in celebration of the city’s patron saint. The festivities begin in Plaza de la Constitucíon at the stroke of midnight and continue for 24 hours.
International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo, Monaco
There’s plenty of fun to be had throughout the tiny French-speaking principality starting from the third Thursday each January. For 11 days artist troupes and trained animals from all over the world perform and charm crowds young and old. The International Circus Festival has been going strong for almost 40 years – if you’re in Monaco this January, you shouldn’t miss it.