Europe's best theme parks

You don’t have to go all the way to America to feed your theme park habit. Once you’ve ticked Alton Towers, Thorpe Park and Legoland off your list, set your gaze firmly on Europe: from Germany to Spain, Holland to Ukraine, Italy to France, the continent boasts a raft nerve-shredding attractions. There’s also the small matter of weather to consider. The climate of Spain and France, for instance, means there’s plenty of sun to soak up after you’ve conquered the mega-sized water parks and sprawling fairgrounds. Whether your theme park foray is part of a fortnight’s holiday, or the sole focus of your trip, you’ll find accommodation to suit at HomeAway. Book for one night or three weeks: our properties span the length and breadth of Europe and beyond, and include rustic rural cottages and chic, city centre apartments. If you’re a theme park junkie, you might even want to country-hop, hitting the best sites from Cyprus to Sweden. Need food for thought? Read on for our rundown of Europe’s very best theme parks.

  1. Disneyland, Paris


    You can’t discuss Europe’s best theme parks and leave Disneyland off the list. This magical playground comprises two distinct theme parks: the fairytale bubble that is Disneyland Park, and the ‘studio of dreams’ dedicated to showbiz and the movies, Walt Disney Studio Park. Suffice to say, there’s no end of fun to be had in both. Highlights include the Space Mountain roller coaster, complete with laser effects and loops, the wild-west themed roller coaster Big Thunder Mountain and, of course, Sleeping Beauty’s Castle - perhaps the planet’s most impressive Disney dwelling. Elsewhere, there are simulators, ghost houses and enough food stalls to immediately silence your rumbling stomach. 

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  2. Disneyland, Paris

    You can’t discuss Europe’s best theme parks and leave Disneyland off the list. This magical playground comprises two distinct theme parks: the fairytale bubble that is Disneyland Park, and the ‘studio of dreams’ dedicated to showbiz and the movies, Walt Disney Studio Park. Suffice to say, there’s no end of fun to be had in both. Highlights include the Space Mountain roller coaster, complete with laser effects and loops, the wild-west themed roller coaster Big Thunder Mountain and, of course, Sleeping Beauty’s Castle - perhaps the planet’s most impressive Disney dwelling. Elsewhere, there are simulators, ghost houses and enough food stalls to immediately silence your rumbling stomach. 

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