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We have compiled a list of destinations that will be useful as you plan your visit to a theme or amusement park in Germany. Designed in one location for the enjoyment of large numbers of people, an amusement park or theme park is a group of entertainment attractions, rides, and other events. An amusement park is more elaborate than a simple city park or playground, usually providing attractions meant to cater specifically to certain age groups, as well as some that are aimed towards all ages. Theme parks, a specific type of amusement park, are usually much more intricately themed to a certain subject or group of subjects.

Although the ancestors of today's modern amusement parks have their roots in the medieval fairs of Great Britain, Germany's first amusement-themed event was developed in Bavaria during the 19th century. Established in 1810, Munich's Oktoberfest was not only conceived as a beer festival, but it also provided amusement park features. Today, Germany offers many amusement and theme parks that can add thrills and excitement to your time there. Europa-Park in Rust, close to Freiburg, is the country's biggest theme park. The 90-hectare property is divided into sections that feature the architecture, food, and nature of particular European regions, such as Greece, Russia, and France. The park is home to 11 roller coasters and over 100 shows and attractions. Historically themed, the Hansa Park, located near the Baltic Sea, has areas that focus on medieval history, such as "Medieval Fair," "Land of the Vikings," and "Hanseatic League of Europe." Situated near Stuttgart, Tripsdrill is Germany's oldest theme park, and it is themed around the history and culture of Swabia. Here visitors can go whitewater rafting in wash tubs or take part in soap box races. There is also a wildlife park here, sure to please the little animal lovers in your family. Lastly, no list of theme parks in Germany should exclude Legoland, one hour away from Munich. Here over 25 million Legos have been used to replicate, at small scale, European cities and landmarks, as well as scenes from popular films. The scenes can be brought to life by flipping switches, much to the delight of young visitors.

As you can see, Germany offers a variety of amusement and theme parks. We hope you have fun at the park! Just don't forget the sunscreen.

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    Wolfsburg

    Wolfsburg is a city in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is located on the River Aller northeast of Braunschweig (Brunswick) and is mainly notable as the headquarters of Volkswagen. Wolfsburg is bordered by the districts of Gifhorn and Helmstedt.  [ + ] More Details

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    Brühl

    Brühl is a city in Germany, located 20 km south of Cologne, in the Rhein-Erft-Kreis. The town of Brühl was the residence of the Prince Bishops of Cologne. In the 18th century the Prince Bishop Clemens August replaced a former ruined castle and built…  [ + ] More Details

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    Erding

    Erding is a town in Bavaria, Germany, and capital of the district Erding. It had a population of 34,122 in 2004. Erding is located around 45 kilometers (28 miles) northeast of central Munich, about a 40-minute drive by car. The original Erdinger Weissbier…  [ + ] More Details

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    Günzburg

    Günzburg lies where the river Günz enters the Danube, and has a population of about 19,800.  [ + ] More Details

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    Nürburg

    Nürburg is a town in the German district of Ahrweiler, in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. It is also the name of the local castle, Burg Nürburg (Nürburg Castle). The town is best known for its 24 kilometer race track, the Nürburgring. Five kilometers…  [ + ] More Details

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    Sierksdorf

    Sierksdorf is a municipality in the district of Ostholstein, in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.  [ + ] More Details

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    Rust

    Rust is a town in the district of Ortenau in Baden-Württemberg in Germany. It is the home of the famous theme park Europa Park.  [ + ] More Details

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    Bottrop

    Bottrop is a city in west central Germany, on the Rhine-Herne Canal, in North Rhine-Westphalia. Located in the Ruhr industrial area, Bottrop adjoins Essen, Oberhausen, Gladbeck and Dorsten. The city had been a coal-mining and rail center and contains…  [ + ] More Details

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Most Popular Destinations in Germany

Germany has numerous cities of interest to tourists; these are the top nine travel destinations:

Berlin - the reunified and reinvigorated capital of Germany; known for its division during the Cold War - and the Berlin Wall. Today its a metropolis of diversity with elegant clubs, galleries and traditional restaurants. It is also a haven for shoppers.

Bremen - one of the most important cities in northern Germany, its old town will be of interest to travelers who want a slice of history.

Cologne - Germany's fourth-largest city. Cologne was founded by the Romans and is 2000 years old with its huge cathedral, Romanesque churches, and archaeological sites. Cologne also well known for its carnival and its Christopher-Street-Day parade. Don't forget to try the local cuisine and of course the local beer, called "Kölsch".

Dresden - once called Florence on the Elbe, and world-famous for its Frauenkirche and historic center which was destroyed during the war, the city offers more than what the average traveller can expect: Great festivals, all kinds of cultural entertainment, vibrant night life, and surrounded by beautiful natural vistas. Dresden hosts the Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden (Dresden State Art Collections) which is one of the world's most impressive museums and collections. The art collections consist of eleven museums, of which the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister and the Grünes Gewölbe are the most well-known.

Dusseldorf - Germany's capital of fashion, the capital city of North Rhine-Westphalia offers a wide scale of fascinating new architecture. Right along the shores of river Rhine, the "Altstadt" and the "Medienhafen" are among the best places in Germany to enjoy a vibrant nightlife. Being one of the country's wealthiest cities, the atmosphere is very pleasant. Germans call it "the only metropolis ending with -dorf (German for village)".

Frankfurt - Germany's leading financial center, transportation hub, seat of the European Central Bank (ECB), international trade fair center (Book Fair, Motor Show), hub of multicultural activity (30% Immigrants), and site of numerous world-class museums and theaters. It is also Germany's only city with enough skyscrapers to have a skyline.

Hamburg - Germany's second-largest city, famous for its harbour as well as its liberal and tolerant culture. Don't miss the Reeperbahn with its night clubs and casinos. Hamburg is also popular for its many musicals.

Hannover - One of Germany's newer tourist cities, having hosted various international events in recent times.

Munich - Bavaria's beautiful capital city and Southern Germany's primate city. Third largest city in Germany, Munich is the site of the famous Oktoberfest and the gateway to the Alps.

Nuremberg - Second largest city in Bavaria, after WW2 over 90% of the old-town was destroyed. Today it has already been reconstructed, including the Gothic Kaiserburg Castle (Emperor's Castle of the Holy Roman Empire of German Nation). You can also visit the Nazi party rally grounds, the Documentation Centre and Courtroom 600 - venue of the Nuremberg Trails.

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