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First time Germany trip... Tips?

Postby Invertalon » Sat Jul 08, 2017 11:09 am

We are planning a trip to Germany next May-ish for about 10-14 days. Of course on the itinerary is Europa, Holiday Park, Phantasialand & Heide Park for now at least. Will actually be our first international trip (outside of Canada... Which hardly counts).

We will be renting a car for this trip. Likely also be driving all over Germany as we are also hitting up a lot of the breweries as well... So because of all we want to do, what parks are must go-to's and which could be skipped if need be? Europa and Phantasialand I assume are must-do's... And with Expedition GeForce on my coaster "bucket list" I am sure we will be going to Holiday Park. Any other places we should look into?

My main question for now... How is it to just drive everywhere? Will we have much issue? Most people recommend taking bus/train everywhere, but that is what is also said about going to places like San Francisco, LAX, Boston, etc... When you look online, yet we had no issues at all driving in those cities.

Just in the rough planning stage for now, so looking for any input/tips/suggestions you can spare.

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Re: First time Germany trip... Tips?

Postby SharkTums » Sat Jul 15, 2017 8:59 am

Driving in Germany is fine. I much prefer it to using public transport, at least for the majority of places you'll be going. The road and motorway system is very similar to our interstate system. Off the top of my head I would consider adding Hansa Park in northern Germany as it's a pretty cool park. Also, I don't know if you're dead set in staying in Germany, but very close by you'll find Toverland, Walibi World, etc.

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Postby viking86 » Sat Jul 15, 2017 3:55 pm

Driving in Germany is not an issue at all, you'll be fine. I can also second what Elissa said about considering adding Hansa Park to your list if you're in that area. I visited the park for the first time a couple of weeks ago (full trip report coming out very soon), and I had a great time. It's only about an hour and a half from Heide Park.

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Re: First time Germany trip... Tips?

Postby K1ngdaKa88 » Fri Jul 28, 2017 5:47 am

Like you two said, driving shouldn´t be such a problem in germany. If you want to you can also take the train in Germany, but their pricing system is quite confusing, so in the end it would probably be cheaper by car.
I would try to hit Efteling in the netherlands as well, next to Toverland and Walibi Holland.
And May should be a pretty good time to visit those parks, since almost everywhere there aren´t any school holidays. But keep an eye open on the opening times, some parks stay closed during weekdays. And be careful with one-day-holidays like Christi Himmelfahrt (Th 05/10/2018) and the day between this day and the weekend, because on those days almost every german park is crowded like hell!
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Re: First time Germany trip... Tips?

Postby Invertalon » Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:21 am

K1ngdaKa88 wrote:Like you two said, driving shouldn´t be such a problem in germany. If you want to you can also take the train in Germany, but their pricing system is quite confusing, so in the end it would probably be cheaper by car.
I would try to hit Efteling in the netherlands as well, next to Toverland and Walibi Holland.
And May should be a pretty good time to visit those parks, since almost everywhere there aren´t any school holidays. But keep an eye open on the opening times, some parks stay closed during weekdays. And be careful with one-day-holidays like Christi Himmelfahrt (Th 05/10/2018) and the day between this day and the weekend, because on those days almost every german park is crowded like hell!
I wish you a great trip next year ;)


Appreciate all the information so far everyone!

I was just looking at a map and wondering about Efteling and Toverland/Walibi... We will have to prioritize some places over others, as we won't have all the time to do every park with our other plans in place, but as of right now...

For sure:
Europa
Phantasialand
Holiday Park

The "maybes":
Movie Park
Toverland
Walibi
Efteling
Hansa Park
Heide Park

At this time, I think we may skip on the northern-most parks like Heide Park and Hansa Park due to time. But that is still subject to change, of course.

We will be getting a car for sure... But in cases it makes sense to do train instead we can always do that. But I would prefer to drive and enjoy all the sights. We will for sure at least get one train ride to/from the Czech Republic for a day. So we will get that "experience" lol
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Re: First time Germany trip... Tips?

Postby CreativeForce » Wed Aug 09, 2017 5:24 pm

The big thing I would suggest is to spend at least 2 days at Europa. It's a huge park and definitely not a park you want to rush through. Plus they have some amazing hotels with great bars! Last year we spent 3 days there and that felt about right.
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Re: First time Germany trip... Tips?

Postby Jakizle » Wed Aug 23, 2017 7:11 pm

CreativeForce wrote:The big thing I would suggest is to spend at least 2 days at Europa. It's a huge park and definitely not a park you want to rush through. Plus they have some amazing hotels with great bars! Last year we spent 3 days there and that felt about right.


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Re: First time Germany trip... Tips?

Postby Invertalon » Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:27 am

As a follow-up, we just booked our flight to Frankfurt in June for two weeks. We will have 13 full days to pack things into, once flight and travel days are removed.

Once we land (morning), we will be headed to Cologne for the day (beer!) and then hit up Phantasialand the next day… Then we do plan to head into the Netherlands, at least for Toverland and Efteling… Debating on Walibi Holland at this point… Aside from Goliath, is it really worth it?

Then of course headed south to Holiday Park (which looks tiny, I assume just need a few hours to ride Expedition Ge Force until my hearts content… Bucket list coaster right there), Then head down to Europa. We do plan (2) days at Europa. Then we will be cutting over to Switzerland and to Munich for a few days (beer!) and up to Bamberg (more beer!) before finishing our loop to Frankfurt to fly back home some two weeks later.

So our final park itinerary will be:

Phantasialand
Toverland
Efteling
Holiday Park
Europa Park (2 Day)

Possibly Walibi Holland.

It appears Holiday park can be a short visit… How about Toverland and Efteling? Are those full-day parks or just a few hours? Mind you, we of course want to enjoy the park and ride the important stuff, but we also have plenty of non-park stuff to do so we want to best utilize our time.

Appreciated, once again!

For a visual, here is our tentative route with some placeholder locations for now... But the general idea.

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If anywhere else we must go in this general routing, please let me know!
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Re: First time Germany trip... Tips?

Postby robbalvey » Wed Dec 05, 2018 1:01 pm

Invertalon wrote:It appears Holiday park can be a short visit… How about Toverland and Efteling? Are those full-day parks or just a few hours?

Here's some notes....

Holiday Park - If you're only going to spend a few hours at that park and your schedule allows for it, GeForce really does warm up later in the day. I've had some pretty "meh" rides on it earlier in the day and some HOLYFUCKINGSHIT rides on it later in that same day.

Toverland - Great park! Lots of fun. You probably only need a few hours though. Depends on how many re-rides you like to get on coasters.

Efteling - Has a lot of attractions. Many of which I find decent, but totally overrated. However the park can get VERY busy and I don't believer they have rolled out their front of the line pass very widely. A handful of rides do have single rider lines. This is probably a full day park simply because there just isn't a way to get through many of their attractions that quickly.

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Re: First time Germany trip... Tips?

Postby Invertalon » Wed Dec 05, 2018 2:15 pm

robbalvey wrote:
Invertalon wrote:It appears Holiday park can be a short visit… How about Toverland and Efteling? Are those full-day parks or just a few hours?

Here's some notes....

Holiday Park - If you're only going to spend a few hours at that park and your schedule allows for it, GeForce really does warm up later in the day. I've had some pretty "meh" rides on it earlier in the day and some HOLYFUCKINGSHIT rides on it later in that same day.

Toverland - Great park! Lots of fun. You probably only need a few hours though. Depends on how many re-rides you like to get on coasters.

Efteling - Has a lot of attractions. Many of which I find decent, but totally overrated. However the park can get VERY busy and I don't believer they have rolled out their front of the line pass very widely. A handful of rides do have single rider lines. This is probably a full day park simply because there just isn't a way to get through many of their attractions that quickly.


Great info, thanks. I will be sure to try and push our stop at Holiday Park a bit later in the day. Toverland does look like a lot of fun, we are excited for that one. As far as re-rides, unless something is crazy off-the-walls, a ride or two will likely be just fine and I/we need.
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