- 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
Winter Wonders Festival, Belgium
Brussels gets decked out in all its Christmas time glory throughout the month of December during its Winter Wonders festival. Ice skating, sledding, seasonal chalet shopping, and more can be found at many different locations throughout the city. The Electrabel Nights display at Grand Place is also a must-see. The scene becomes all the more charming when snow blankets the area.
Christmas Fair and New Year's Ball, Austria
A number of Christmas markets set up shop Vienna throughout December, with hundreds of stalls offering handmade trinkets, foodstuffs, and gourmet wines and spirits to locals and visitors alike. Active during daylight hours as well, nighttime is when the real market celebrations begin, with carols being sung and Christmas trees being lit up.
Festivities in the country’s capital, Edinburgh, stretch from the end of the month into the New Year. Torchlight processionals (a.k.a., the “River of Fire”), dancing in the streets, fairground rides, candlelight concerts, movies, fireworks, and much more all contribute to a fun-filled celebratory atmosphere.