Big birthday: 40 years of Europa-Park

Enjoy the hotels’ cosy atmosphere

Germany’s largest amusement park will be celebrating its 40-year jubilee in 2015. Europa-Park is now visited by over five million fans each year, many of which are “regulars”, and like to stay in one of the five themed hotels.

When Franz Mack opened 16-hectare Europa-Park in Rust with his son Roland on 12 July 1975, it was merely intended to be an exhibition space for products manufactured by the company Mack in Waldkirch. The amusement park soon developed. The first themed areas appeared, then fun rides, shows and attractions were gradually added. Today it is the largest seasonal amusement park in the world, which also sets international trends in its hotels.

Europa-Park’s first four-star themed hotel opened in 1995: the “El Andaluz” invites guests to sunny Spain, and is completely dedicated to southern European charm in terms of its architecture. Europa-Park was the first amusement park to have its own hotel. The hotels are a key part of Europa-Park’s success story. The newest superior experience hotel, “Bell Rock”, which is in New England style with maritime design elements and a lighthouse, opened just two years ago, with its suites being designed by artists such as Stefan Strumbel. The fine dining restaurant located at the foot of the lighthouse, “Ammolite”, was awarded two Michelin stars for its outstanding cuisine after just two years.

Even outside of the park opening hours, the themed hotels have plenty to offer their guests, including special packages for foodies, fitness fans and yoga enthusiasts.

At the turn of the year, Europa-Park organises a truly lavish celebration. “New Year’s Eve is the only time that we cook 1,500 seven-course gala dinners,” says culinary director Thomas Röttele. The next morning, a sumptuous New Year’s Day brunch sets guests up well for the start of the new year. Cosy rooms tempt you in on cold winter days. Take a comfy seat by the fire in the lobby and warm up – with access to the internet and the bar next door, of course! Stars such as actor Heiner Lauterbach, director Luc Besson, singer Anastacia and comedian Bülent Cylan have all stayed here.