During Phantasialand Wintertraum, Phantasialand is immersed in a magical Christmas atmosphere. On the center square, you can skate and there are stalls everywhere with winter delicacies such as bratwurst, goulash, hot chocolate, and, of course, mulled wine.
Located near Cologne, Phantasialand was founded in 1967 as a fairy tale park. Currently, it is one of the best-visited amusement parks in Europe. Across the different themed areas are different attractions for young and old. During Phantasialand Wintertraum, all areas are decorated tremendously with all kinds of lights.
All attractions remain open down to -10°C, even the water attractions. But the latter are not very popular in cold temperatures.
We really liked Phantasialand Wintertraum a lot. The Park only opened at 11h but everything in terms of parking was very well organized. At the entrance road, you are immediately split up and divided into several parking lots. All these car parks also lead to different parts of the park. So all the people are immediately very well distributed.
Because of the closed cash registers, there are also not too many people in the park. The longest wait we had was 30 minutes. Especially in cold temperatures, this is just long enough.
Throughout the day there are also several shows that take place indoors: ideal for warming up.
In terms of food: we found the food in Phantasialand very good value for money. We ate tasty quesadillas in the afternoon (€10.95 for a menu) and bratwurst and focaccia in the evening (€5.40 for a menu). The mulled wine was €3.90 and was perfect to end the day.
My favorite attraction? Definitely the Colorado Express.
Phantasialand Wintertraum runs from November 18, 2023, to January 28, 2024.
During Phantasialand Wintertraum, the ticket offices are closed: you must therefore buy tickets in advance for a specific day. Tickets can be purchased online on Phantasialand’s own website.
Keep in mind that you need an environmental sticker for Cologne itself, but not for Phantasialand. Winter tires are also required in Germany in winter conditions; however, all-season tires are also allowed.
Parking costs €7 per car for a full day. This must be paid in cash when parking on P2 (China Town). On parking P1 (Mystery), you can pay cash or by debit card at the car park terminals.
Because Phantasialand is near Cologne, it is ideal to combine it with a day at the Cologne Christmas market. We stayed a weekend in Cologne and did the Christmas market 1 day and Phantasialand the second day. Hotels can be booked via Booking. We stayed in this youth hostel in a private room: clean rooms, free parking, and breakfast included. Ideal for a weekend. Are you with a family? Then be sure to book the family room and not the 4-person room. The latter has 2 bunk beds and towels are not included.
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