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Breaking Travel News investigates: ‘Confertainment’ at Europa Park, Germany

Europa Park welcomes over 1000 events of all sizes each year

While a theme park might not seem the most natural location for a serious business meeting, Europa Park could be just the destination to prove the doubters wrong.

Situated in south-western Germany, near the town of Rust in the Black Forest, the location has made the concept of ‘Confertainment’ its own – offering a combination of professional conferences and an exceptional atmosphere.

Welcoming more than 1,000 events of all sizes to its facilities each year, the park is well equipped to deal with everything from small family celebrations to larger corporate events.

Indeed, visiting in spring this year, I was overwhelmed by the sheer scale of the operation.

Welcoming as many as 50,000 guests per day in peak season, not to mention 4,000 staff, Europa Park is a bustling wonderland spread over 95 hectares of rural Germany.

With 30 potential MICE venues on offer, ranging in size from 26 to 2,600 square metres, the park can cater to events of ten-to-2,000 people.

From rustic beer cellar surroundings to the picturesque atmosphere of the 1920s pavilion of mirrors Europa-Park offers a multitude of possibilities for the most diverse occasions.

Connections, too, are unrivalled.

Situated on the nexus of Germany, France and Switzerland, the park is within easy reach of Stuttgart, Basel, and Strasbourg international airports, all of which are around an hour away by road.

For VIP travellers, Black Forest Airport Lahr is just 20 kilometres away and offers a discreet service to the private jets and helicopters of those seeking a touch of privacy. 

All this might explain why the Europa Park has managed to assemble its enviable line-up of corporate partners, with companies including Mercedes Benz, Siemens, Gazprom, and Porsche all regularly using the facilities on offer.

For visiting organisations there are numerous event locations to choose from.

Key to the park’s success in the MICE arena is the Europa Park Confertainment Centre, a modern facility packed with the latest technology.

For larger events the Europa Park Dome, including foyer area, also provides plenty of space, while from 2017 there will be the brand new Europa Park Arena multifunctional hall.

At the same time, the Eden Palladium salon carousel and the historic Traumpalast Pavillion of Mirrors offer an ideal setting for smaller events.

Of course Europa Park is also well equipped on the entertainment side of the equation, with unforgettable evening programmes rounding off every corporate event with a touch of flair.

Europa Park offers a multifaceted show programme, with more than 300 international artists offering the right setting for every taste.

With the Cirque d’Europe dinner show, Europa Park’s Teatro dell’Arte baroque theatre presents breath-taking acrobatics, dance and music, while an exquisite gala menu is served by two Michelin star chef Peter Hagen from the ‘Ammolite − The Lighthouse Restaurant’.

Of how about the Indonesia Malam?

Transporting guests to the Indonesian jungle on an artistic and culinary journey, far-eastern artistry is combined with a delicious, Asian-inspired four-course menu.

The Alemannian Medieval Banquet is an evening event that takes guests back to the middle ages; surrounded by minstrels, fire eaters and jugglers, guests can feast in authentic style with daggers and fingers.

And all this without mentioning the park itself!

Overflowing with more than 100 attractions and shows, it is spread over 14 European-themed areas and welcomed nearly five million guests in 2015.

An Irish themed area will join the line up in the summer of 2016, while the Blue Fire, Wodan, and Silver Star roller coasters are sure to keep even the most hardened rider entertained.

Then there is the accommodation.

What could be better than a dream filled overnight stay in Germany’s biggest hotel resort after a hard day making deals?

The five themed hotels in the park invite guests to leave the daily grind behind.

An Italian atmosphere in the Colosseo, a Portuguese monastery idyll in the Santa Isabel, a chivalric castle feel in the Castillo Alcazar all invite guests to relax and recuperate.

In the four star superior hotel Bell Rock, guests can immerse themselves in the maritime atmosphere of New England, while the El Andaluz offers 192 rooms, a courtyard with swimming pool, and scenes depicting numerous episodes from Spanish history.

As Michaela Doll-Lämmer, director Europa Park Hotels, explains to Breaking Travel News: “This is a very different environment for MICE guests, something new for them to enjoy.

“All the hotels have bright, spacious conference rooms, filled with daylight and the most modern of technology. Everything they need.

“Even when the park is closed, perhaps during the winter, the hotels are still open, and we offer our conference facilities throughout the year.

“With nearly 1,000 hotel rooms, there is no event we cannot accommodate.”

With its mixture of business and please Europa Park is the ideal place to brighten that next corporate get together.

Europa Park is home to nearly 1,000 hotel rooms

More Information

In the heart of Europe, between the Black Forest and the Vosges, Europa Park is one of the world’s most beautiful theme parks.

The innovative European theme concept; one of the largest hotel resorts in Europe; the various decorations for each season; and the large number of diverse and colourful events make Europa-Park a one-of-a-kind getaway destination all year long.

Find out more on the official website.

Chris O’Toole