Famous theme park in Europe dedicates a part to Croatia
- by croatiaweek
- in News
Europa-Park in Rust, the most famous theme park in Germany and the second most visited in Europe, which is visited annually by about 6 million guests, mostly from Germany, France and Switzerland, is to dedicate a special section to Croatia.
The park covers almost one million square meters and has over 100 fun attractions, including adrenaline roller coasters, and offers visitors the possibility of various experiences in its 16 large thematic sections.
The Mack family, the owners of Europa-Park, decided to build a new thematic section dedicated to Croatia which will fully open in 2024 as a new attraction and innovation.
In addition, already for this season, which starts on March 25, a Croatian cinema called “Traumzeitdome Kroatien” is opening in the park. The cinema, or film in 3D technology, will offer visitors the possibility of a virtual visit to Croatia by showing the most famous Croatian sights such as the walls of Dubrovnik, Croatian islands, national parks, nature parks, and Nikola Tesla will guide the viewers through the film and his inventions.
On the eve of the opening of the new season, a conference for foreign media was held in Europa-Park, where the project of the Croatian thematic area was presented and part of a film about Croatia was shown.
State Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Sports Tonči Glavina, Director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić, Director of the HTZ Representation in Germany Romeo Draghicchio and Consul General of the Republic of Croatia in Stuttgart Ivan Sablić participated as special guests at the opening of the new season of the Park.
“The location of the park on the German-French border, next to the cities of Freiburg and Strasbourg, makes it an ideal place to present Europe, its countries and their cultures. It is a great honour for us that after the tenth anniversary of Croatia’s accession to the European Union, and especially in the year of Croatia’s entry into the Schengen area and the Eurozone, a section dedicated to Croatia is opening in such a large entertainment destination. This is a great opportunity to further promote our country in the very heart of Europe,” said the director of the Croatian Tourist Board, Kristjan Staničić.
Each section in the park represents a European country in a creative and original way, through which the visitor gets an insight into the main characteristics of that country through typical architecture and gastronomic offer.
“I am extremely glad that an area dedicated to Croatia is opening, especially if we know that Europa-Park is very popular in Germany, but also in the surrounding countries, and this will certainly have positive effects on the promotion of Croatia in Germany, Switzerland and France. Within the Croatian area, we are given an ideal opportunity to creatively come into direct contact with new potential clients and families who are our primary target group of guests,” concluded Romeo Draghicchio, director of the HTZ Representative Office in Germany.
Europa-Park is also the largest German hotel resort with 5,800 beds and 2,000 additional accommodation units in Rust itself, a large number of restaurants, bars, conference halls and a 23-hour daily show program for visitors. The park won the Golden Ticket award 8 times, while part of the “Rulantica” Park was declared the best water park in Germany.
Tonči Glavina, State Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, expressed his satisfaction with the inclusion of Croatia in this project.
“We are extremely pleased that Croatia will be included in the success story of Europa-Park as a new thematic section that will be opened in 2024. In this way, millions of guests of one of the world’s best amusement parks will have the opportunity to see and get to know some of Croatia’s many sights, which make it special and unique.
I am sure that this new thematic zone will be extremely attractive and will attract many visitors, thus encouraging them to come to Croatia and personally experience everything that our country has to offer, from natural, cultural to historical wealth. Along with all the other innovations that make tourist trips easier and our country never closer from this year, from the entry into Schengen and the Eurozone and the construction of the Pelješac Bridge with which we connected the whole of Croatia by road, this kind of presentation is an additional confirmation of how attractive and desirable a destination we are,” concluded Glavina.