If you’re looking for a place where the whole family can have fun together, Germany is the ideal destination for a water park vacation. Whether you’re sliding down winding water slides or bobbing on the waves in a large lake, the following are the top water parks for both indoor and outdoor activities. Quickly pack your swimsuits and explore the exciting underwater attractions of this country.
AQUALAND Freizeitbad, Cologne
Aquaconda slide at Aqualand Freizeitbad
AQUALAND promises to bring a day of fun for every generation in the family. The park has countless water slides for thrill-seekers. With AquaLoop, this is the first place in Germany to have this type of slide. After the trapdoor closes, you’ll experience a ten-meter free fall full of excitement. This fall will give you enough speed to reach the peak of the 360-degree roller coaster, taking you for a spin at a speed of 50 km/h.
If you prefer a more relaxed activity, the top floor of AQUALAND has a health and wellness center with an elegant style and 12 different sauna rooms. You can relax in the bright orange and pink space of the Himalayan salt stone sauna or enjoy the Hammam treatment. Why not try staying overnight at Übernachten im Kölner Norden and visit Cologne Zoo, 10 km away, the next day?
Galaxy Erding, Erding
More excitement when sliding with virtual reality glasses
Galaxy Erding is the largest water park in Europe. It is famous for its combination of advanced technology and thrilling games, such as equipping virtual reality technology for the slides to bring an incredible experience. When you wear virtual reality glasses and slide down the 160-meter-long tube, you’ll have the opportunity to experience the feeling of floating on the water in outer space.
The park also boasts an award-winning spa service, with three peaceful hot springs. The water comes from a sulfur mine discovered in the 1980s. After a day of wandering through distant galaxies and relaxing in the sauna, the cozy Hotel Apfelbaum is ready to welcome you back to reality.
Tropical Islands, Krausnick
Imagine you’re on a tropical island in Krausnick. Source: Tropical Islands
Tropical Islands is like an indoor paradise for families wanting to escape the cold winter weather. Built inside a former airship hangar called the Aerium, which used to be the world’s largest free-standing hall, it may not promise to give you a sun-kissed tan, but we can guarantee that everyone will have a fun-filled day.
As a water park with a tropical island theme, it has sandy beaches, palm trees and a range of water slides. The whole family can float on the lazy river or split up to try the more intense slides, reaching speeds of up to 70km/h. There are also a number of turquoise blue pools to splash around in, making you feel like you’re on a tropical island, even though you’re only an hour away from Berlin. If you want a convenient place to stay, you can check out Ferienwohnung Wunderlich located at the end of the road.
Europabad Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe
Shoot straight down the water slide with the Aqua Rocket at Europabad Karlsruhe
Europabad features one of Germany’s longest water slides, including the death-defying AQUAROCKET drop with a 14-meter free fall experience. Although it’s suitable for all ages, the slides here are more suitable for teenagers and adults. With the terrifying Tarantula slide with a circular loop and the Green Viper slide, where you battle against water snakes, both equipped with LED lights and spine-tingling sound effects to enhance the excitement.
Upstairs, there are many saunas, cold water baths, a tropical garden and a hot tub. The Finnish-style sauna in the park is always popular with adults and promises to help you relax after a long day. Just a few minutes’ drive away is the family-friendly Kaiserhof hotel.
Float down the longest water slide in Germany at Bayern-Park. Source: Bayern-Park, Reisbach
Bayern-Park has everything for those who love water adventures and thrills, including a range of high-speed roller coasters and the longest water slide in Germany, which winds its way through the park for over 600 meters. If you prefer a gentler experience, take a ride on a classic steamboat and explore the large artificial lake in the park.
And if you want to stay dry, you can try the Eagle’s Challenge to experience soaring like a bird in the sky of Bayern-Park. There’s also a pirate world waiting for children at Pirate Island, an area of the park designed just for kids. After a day of fun, head to Schlossparkhotel Mariakirchen to enjoy a drink at the on-site brewery, then have a good night’s sleep in the castle hotel.