The festive time has arrived and we have been looking for the best thrills across Europe to attend and share with you. Phantasialand is one of these events, which is open during the winter months for their event, Wintertraum! Phantasialand is a theme park located in Brühl, Germany and Includes thrills such as the multi launch coaster Taron, spinning sensations Winjas Fear & Force alongside Crazy Bats , the new virtual reality family coaster!
Getting to this park from the UK has never been so simple. Flights can be bought cheaply from multiple airlines and destinations depending on the time of purchasing. Flying into Cologne Airport (Köln Bonn), you continue the journey via train which is located on the lower level of the airport and easily signposted. With a few different journeys ending up at the end destination being Brühl, we would recommend changing at Köln Hbf. The journey costs €4 for a single and with discounts being offered for larger groups. Once at Brühl, a Phantasialand shuttle bus will be available to take you directly to the park for €3 return within 15-25 minutes.
To get the full experience of the park a couple of days is required with a night’s stay in the area. We recommend staying at one of the onsite hotels, Matamba or Ling Bao, these immersive hotels are an experience in themselves. Cheaper alternatives can be found in the nearby town of Brühl, but additional transport (e.g. shuttle bus or taxi) is required to get back and forth to the park. We would recommend the H+ Hotel in Brühl, its very reasonably priced and is either a 15 minute walk from Brühl Mitte (shuttle bus stop), or 30 minutes walk to the park, or a short taxi ride.
The Phantasialand hotels Matamba & Ling Bao both offer multiple additional benefits when staying. Klugheim is opened up an hour before the park opens for some exclusive rides on Taron & Raik (selected dates excluded). A buffet breakfast is included within your stay which offers a wide range of breakfast delicacies. Hotel Ling Bao also features a heated swimming pool with an outside area open until late although both hotels offers some entertainment areas such as bars and small game rooms. During our stay, we stayed at Ling Bao and made use all of these amemities.
The Wintertraum event at Phantasialand offers a near full line up with multiple festive additions. With the only ride closure being River Quest, all the other thrills can be enjoyed during the day and for the only time of the year, at night with parks hours being typically 11am to 8pm.
The park is decorated throughout with Christmas lights, baubles and real snow. Accompanied with festive music which varies depending on the themed land you are in, the Christmas magic is truly felt around Phantasialand. Additional attractions such as the ice skating rink is available in the Berlin area for a small addition which also adds to this atmosphere.
Thrills are not in short supply with Taron being the parks most popular and thrilling coaster. This multi launched coaster reaches speeds up to 72 mph as you twist & turn through the themed area Klugheim. At night, a whole new thrilling adventure awaits with smoke and coloured lights compliments Taron’s rock work perfectly that makes for a night ride like no other.
Crazy Bats VR is the exciting new family attraction for 2019 at Phantasialand, it’s a re-theme of the existing Temple of the Nighthawk indoor rollercoaster. Based on three crazy bats taking you across an adventure to free the frozen princess who is trapped in a ice cube. We’re very happy to see this dated ride get a new lease of life, with additional themeing and of course Virtual Reality whilst riding the rollercoaster itself.
The park hosts many other thrilling and fun rides such as Chiapas, the log flume water ride which has a Christmas song overlay during Christmas. Raik & Colorado Adventure are the parks family coasters which offers perfect family fun and enjoyed by all. Talocan spins you with the elements as you are suspended and flipped on a mechanical arm whilst Winjas Fear & Force spin you around the coaster layout of your choosing.
Phantasialand also offer many family shows during the festive period. Two of these hosted within theaters whilst the others happen throughout the park. The ice skating dance show known as Alle Jahre Wieder is an action pack show full of comedy and ice skill as dancers fill the rink with multiple Christmas related songs as they tell out a story of a hectic Christmas gathering. With this show having no dialogue, it was phenomenonal with the humour being understood by all in this upbeat performance. The other Christmas show being Talvia, the story of a young girls dream of venturing beyond the ice castle. Hosting live singers, dancing, acrobatics, light displays and more within this jam packed 30 minute performance. Another show which was emotional and comical even with some German speaking parts, the singing and performance was largely in English too!
Tiempo De Fuego is the parks projection mapping show located in the Mexican themed area of the park. The 3D projection shares a story of a sea of flowers, animals and relaxing amazing projections before the finale ends up with fire effects and burning imagery being displayed. A hot and dramatic show which is always a highlight of the winter event and we still enjoy watching this during our trip to the park. The Magic Rose show is the parks end of day display. It includes a story display which features dancers, ice skaters, fire, light display followed by ending with fireworks. This show has not been changed over the last few years however, this ever popular show continues to fill the main street and prove a big hit with the audience that attends.
Overall, Phantasialand is still a top class winter event within Europe which covers the usual thrills the park has to offer but with a festive atmosphere and additions to make a complete Christmas package. We managed to keep our trip to a weekend over 2 days and during our time at the park, the busiest queue times we experienced was up to 40 minutes for Taron during the Saturday afternoon. Taking a trip during the weekday and further away from Christmas would be the most ideal time to visit for further reduction in queues however, we do believe this can be done on a weekend at anytime with still minimal queueing.
With the opening of Rookburgh fast approaching, we look forward to continue to see how the park expands in the near future and we will continue to keep up to date with Phantasialand in 2020!
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