Winterzauber

When I used to come to Germany to visit, one thing was always on my absolutely-need-to-do list: go to Europa Park. The only time I can remember staying here without going to Europa Park is in 2013 when I was here mostly alone after studying abroad. We even managed to squeeze in a trip when we spent just ten days here for my grandma’s 70th birthday. I told myself that if I ever lived here, I would get myself a year-long pass to the park so I could go whenever I wanted and try different restaurants, experience rides that I usually never made time for, and simply just take in the beauty of the park and its attention to detail. Sadly, I never did buy a yearly pass and other than visiting restaurants in its themed hotels (and working there for a few days…), I hadn’t made a single trip to Europa Park in 2015.

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Europa Park is an amusement park that began 40 years ago as a fairytale village in the little town of Rust. Since then it has grown bigger than the town itself and boasts attractions such as Europe’s tallest roller coaster. As its name suggests, the park is built to be reflective of Europe’s diverse cultures and has theme sections made to look like different countries. The details are amazing and as a result the park is constantly winning awards for being Europe’s best recreation park. And I am so lucky to have family just a few towns over.

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After a hectic Christmas some friends invited my mom and I to go to Europa Park’s Winterzauber, the spectacle the park puts on in the few weeks it is open during the winter season. Despite the wonderful weather we’ve been having I don’t think any of us expected the park to be so unbelievably crowded as the sun went down. Even though it was hardly worth queuing for any rides, the decorations were breathtaking. I’ll let the pictures do the talking on this one.

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One of the first sights upon entering: Christmas market in Germany

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Scrooge & Son in England
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Dschungel-Floßfahrt, one of the more leisurely rides, was filled with snowglobes
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Even the Euromaus mascot gets lit at Christmas
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Lights in Märchenwald

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Getting festive in Spain…
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…with an Ice Bar (note: not really ice)
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A hut in Portugal
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Heading into Iceland
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Iceland with the Blue Fire roller coaster shining especially bright
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People fill the streets in Holland

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A very bright St. Basil’s Cathedral in Russia…
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…in front of the Euro-Mir roller coaster
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Giant advent wreath on the water in France
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Eurosat roller coaster (also turns into a pumpkin for Halloween)
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More France
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And Italy

Just as we were heading out, a Santa in a tower announced a special Christmas gift: snow! Okay, so it obviously wasn’t real, but it’s the closest thing I’ve seen to snow all season.

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Even pictures don’t really do the whole thing justice. Maybe you’ll just have to come and see it for yourself.

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