From Köln Hauptbahnhof (Cologne main station), which is perfectly connected to the ICE network all over Germany, take a regional train (Regionalexpress) to Weilerswist. Here take the bus no. 985 direction "Brühl Mitte" and exit at "Badorf Berggeiststr.". From here walk 3 or 4 minutes.
Use the motorway A 553 with connections to A1 and A61 and take the exit "Brühl-Süd". From here follow the signposts (the park is visible well from the motorway). There's a large parking ground which costs 4,00 € per day for vehicles and caravans resp. 1 € per day for motorbikes (status: 2014).
From the Weilerswist railway station take the bus no. 985 direction "Brühl Mitte" and exit at "Badorf Berggeiststr.". From here walk 3 or 4 minutes to the entrance.
At Cologne airport take the urban railway (S-Bahn) "S 13" heading to "Köln Hansaring" and exit at "Köln Hauptbahnhof". Take a regional train (Regionalexpress) to Weilerswist here and then take the bus no. 985 direction "Brühl Mitte" and exit at "Badorf Berggeiststr.". From here walk 3 or 4 minutes.
Winter: late Nov - early Jan; Summer: mid April - late Oct
Phantasialand was established in 1967; hence it's one of the oldest amusement parks in Europe. With 1.75 million visitors per year it's in the Top 15 of Europe's amusement parks.
The location is a former opencast pit for brown coal, called "Berggeist". On a plain of 28 hectares (10 hectare are used for the park actually) the park offers a huge number of attractions like roller coasters, carousels or dark rides as well as many shows for small and big people.
There are a couple of theme areas, such as "Berlin" (a replication of the 1920s Berlin), "China Town", "Deep in Africa" (African jungle and houses), "Mexico" or "Space". The attractions are integrated in one of these areas, usually matching the themes.
Roller coasters are usually the main attractions of an amusement park – and this is the case here as well, and here are the most famous ones:
• "Black Mamba" – an inverted coaster with a length of 768 meters and a max. speed of 80 km/h
• "Colorado Adventure" – a mine coaster which has been voted as one of the world’s best examples of the mine roller coaster by its fans.
• "Temple of the Night Hawk" – the world's longest dark ride roller coaster and one of the longest indoor roller coasters of the world. Its Length is 1,174 meters.
However of there are way more attractions: especially for children there are carousels, mazes, a ferris wheel, small trains and edutainment areas. Furthermore there are a handful of shows, such as an ice show, chinese artistry, stunt and comedy shows.
There are numerous restaurants all over the area, hence there is an opportunity for a short break anywhere and at any time.
There are two hotels and a tipi village for accommodation and to make visits possible that last more than one day (especially in the holiday season it does make sense to plan a stay of at least two, better three days to make sure to enjoy any attraction). The "Ling Bao" is a 4 star hotel in chinese style that was built by using the Feng Shui philosophy. The "Matamba" is located in the African area and is built in African style.
The "Smokey’s Digger Camp" (a tipi ground) is a cost-saving alternative to the more comfortable hotels.
Escape Address: Berggeiststraße 41, 50321 Brühl, Brühl (Rhineland), North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
The area around Brühl was a brown coal area with open cast pit formerly. After the open cast had stopped, the landscape was restored and reactivated close to nature. Due to this the "Villeseen" (Ville lakes) arised. Today the entire area is a more than 75 sq km large biotope for many species of animals and plants. Especially the approximately 40 lakes, that are former open cast pits, are huge breeding and spawning areas for birds and amphibians.
Cologne isn't far away from Brühl. The Cologne Cathedral is one of the most famous landmarks in Germany, and the most visited one with approx. 20,000 visitors per day. The construction started in the 13th century and stopped - leaving it unfinished - in the 15th century. Even in the 19th century the construction restarted, and the building was finished in 1880. The Cologne Cathedral is the largest gothic church in Northern Europe and has the second-tallest spires.
As Cologne isn't far away from Brühl, it's quite easy to go there for an extensive shopping tour. There are plenty of spots with stores of any kind. Be it designer stores in the Belgian quarter, be it exclusive brands fashion in the "Mittelstrasse". The most famous shopping mile is the "Schildergasse" which connects the "Hohe Strasse" and the "Neumarkt". It's a pedestrian area with all famous names and stores in a striking distance.