Fast or leisurely, curvy or steep, indoors or out – Germany and Europe have an incredible number of water parks with a variety of colorful slides. The different attractions inspire children, adults and adrenaline lovers. We have put together a small selection of the best slides for you.
1. Netherlands: the fastest sliding bowl in the world
Along with the lightning-fast Tyfoon slide, the Cycloon bowl is one of the biggest attractions at the Duinrell amusement park and campsite on the outskirts of The Hague, The Netherlands.
In this turbulent slippery, you will be launched at a maximum speed of 60 km / h from a height of 15 meters in a colorful “bowl”, you will want to go around in circles and finally clap your hands through a hole in a collecting tank.
If you are still unsure, you can look at the centrifuge from a safe distance from above on a “catwalk”.
The water park “Tiki Park” is the heart of the amusement park and bungalow. According to operators, it is the largest water park in the Benelux. There are a total of 21 slides with a total length of 1.5 kilometers. Admission costs 22.50 euros for a three-hour stay.
2. Denmark: The “Tornado” in the Aquadome
You don’t move as fast as a tornado on the slide of the same name in Billund’s “Aquadome Lalandia”. But the dizzying section in the middle of the 84-meter-long attraction certainly lives up to the name.
In the family slide, you sit with up to three other people on a rubber raft and slide a quick tube with a 60 to 90 percent slope into a circular funnel. After the raft has stabilized again, it creeps into the target pool.
“Lalandia” operates three water parks of the same name in Denmark. According to the company, the Billund facility is one of the “largest water parks in Scandinavia” with an area of 10,000 square meters and eight slide areas. The smaller towns in Denmark are located in Rødby and Søndervig.
3. Italy: “Captain Spacemaker” breaks records
From a 42 meter high tower in the “Caribe Bay” open air water park in Italy you could really enjoy the wonderful view of the beautiful Adriatic coast – if it weren’t for the entrance to the highest water slide in the world.
In the “Captain Spacemaker” you descend very quickly from an incredible height of 42 meters. You can reach speeds of up to 100 kilometers per hour and even feel weightless for a moment. Then you run along the straight at high speed before being slowed down in the exhaustion tank.
The “Caribe Bay” amusement park is located near the town of Jesolo in the province of Venice. According to the operator, the structure is the largest amusement park in Italy. At the ticket office, day tickets for adults cost 36 euros and for children (up to 1.40 meters) 32 euros. Children under one meter in height do not pay admission.
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4. Switzerland: downhill slides near Zurich
The new attraction “Racer Slide” at the Meierwiesen outdoor pool in Wetzikon near Zurich in Switzerland is like a racetrack!
As soon as the starting light changes from red to green, visitors glide up to three lanes next to each other. Timekeeping ultimately reveals who won the slide competition. Who takes the two-digit eight better? Is there an ideal line? And which scroll position is the fastest? The best way to find out is at the next race. And you don’t have to wait long for that, because a big advantage of the racing slide is the short waiting times.
The idea for the “Racer Slide” came from young people: they collected 900 signatures. Eventually the board voted in favor of the project. The facility, which costs the equivalent of € 575,000, opened in 2021.
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The Meierwiesen pool is a classic outdoor pool with a 50 meter pool and a large sunbathing area. Adults and young people from 16 years of age pay five francs (4.85 euros), children three francs (2.90 euros).
5. Germany: H20 Herford Thunderbird
There are also many large water parks in Germany. The largest include Berlin’s “Tropical Islands” and the “Badeparadies Schwarzwald”. This is still topped by 140,000 square meters Therme Erding (18 slides) – according to the operator, it is also the largest water park in Europe.
The “H2O” in Herford, North Rhine-Westphalia, is a bit smaller. Highlight: a 110 meter long tube slide with modern display technology. During the quick slide, spectacular video effects with sound effects are played on the walls of the tube.
Visitors can choose from three cinematic scenarios: the “Deep Sea” underwater adventure, the “Blizzard” mountain flight through ice and snow and “Space”, a journey through a black hole in space. The slides should look like they are part of the movie. The slide never gets boring.
Digital effects are also performed in the “Jungle cone” tire slide.
Herford’s “H2O” combines wellness areas, saunas and several swimming pools under one roof. A day ticket costs 15 euros, children pay 11 euros.
6. Tenerife: slides with sharks in “Siam Park”
Tenerife’s “Siam Park” is gigantic in every respect. Investors paid around € 52 million for the 18-hectare leisure facility with 18 attractions. The park has been carefully designed in a Thai look. That’s why Thai princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn also went to the inauguration in 2008.
The park’s biggest attraction is the shark tank. Two water slides run through the area: the Tower of Power Kamikaze slide (up to 80km / h) and the quieter Mai Thai River tire slide. At the end of both slides, visitors compete and slide in transparent tubes through a pool with sharks, rays and fish, which make their rounds above and below the slides.
The “Siam Park” is located in Costa Adeje, in the south of the Canary Island. Adults pay 40 euros for a day ticket, children 28 euros.
7. Austria: Human cannonballs in the Ötztal
The “Cannonball” slide is only a few meters long and is one of the smaller attractions of the “Area 47” amusement park in Austria. But the slide is still unique because it turns visitors into living cannonballs.
In the “cannon ball”, visitors do not slide down, but are hit by a powerful jet of water. The flight curve, several meters long, ends in the water basin of the plant.
Daredevils in search of Arenal kicks will most likely find them in Area 47. In the huge outdoor amusement park of Ötztal, 40 different adventure sports are offered at different prices, including wakeboarding, rafting, bungee jumping, climbing and high diving.
8. Sicily: the most beautiful slide in Europe
Finally, probably the most beautiful slide in Europe: “Taboggan” in Sicily. At the end of the multilevel slide near Palermo, the slides plunge directly into the Mediterranean Sea.
The bad news: the slide is sadly not open to the public. It belongs to the “CDS Hotel” Terrasini. Hotel guests have their own slide. It consists of four partial slides and three seawater pools. The last stretch leads to a cliff in the sea facing the Gulf of Castellammare.
According to the Italian hotel chain, the “Taboggan” slide in Terrasini is the highest water slide within a resort in Europe.