The current awards and honours

Breath-taking shows, dreamlike overnight stays and plenty of attractions for the whole family – it doesn’t matter if you are young or old at Europa-Park everyone’s dreams will come true.

Many national and international awards have recognised the success of Europa-Park and make your stay unforgettable.

Hotelier of the year

On 3rd February 2020, Thomas, Michael and Ann-Kathrin, managing partners of Europa-Park in Rust, were honoured with the renowned industry award "Hotelier des Jahres" (Hotelier of the year) in Berlin.

Thomas, Michael and Ann-Kathrin are the eighth generation of entrepreneurial family Mack and are responsible for the largest expansion in the 240-year long company history: The museum hotel 'Krønasår' and the new indoor water world Rulantica. The resort extension with an investment of approx. 200 million Euros has been completed on schedule last year and has led Europa-Park into a new era.

Chairman of the jury, Rolf Westermann, editor in chief of ahgz magazine, constituted the decision: "The eighth generation of the Mack family has set the course for the next decades by investing around 200 million Euros. It requires vision and bravery to take that kind of entrepreneurial risk".

Parkscout Publikums Award

December 2020

More than 55,000 park visitors have voted and set a new record this year at the Parkscout Publikums Awards, one of the most important awards for the German theme park industry.

Category: Best Theme Park 2020

  • Europa-Park has been voted Best Theme Park in Germany 2020.

Category: Best Value for Money 2020

  • With numerous high-quality shows, a. wide variety of attractions and culinary delights, Europa-Park wins in the category 'Best Value for Money 2020'.

Category: Most Child-friendly Park 2020

  • Europa-Park also has lots to offer for the smaller guests and has therefore been crowned 'Most Child-friendly Park 2020'.

Category: Best Themed Ride: First place (Batavia) + second place (ARTHUR) 2020

  • In the category 'Best Themed Ride', Europa-Park scored twice. Newly opened in 2020, the themed ride 'Pirates in Batavia' won first place, with ARTHUR following as runner up.

Category: Best Water Park: Rulantica

  • Almost in time for the first birthday, our water world Rulantica has been voted 'Best Water Park 2020'.

TEA Thea Award

November 2020

Since 1994, the TEA Thea Award has been presented by the non-profit organisation 'Themed Entertainment Association' to honour outstanding achievements in development, concept and execution in theme parks. The TEA Thea Award is considered one of the most significant awards in the entertainment industry.

Category: Outstanding Achievement - Attraction, Limited Budget

  • The themed ride Snorri Touren has received the award in the category 'Outstanding Achievement - Attraction, Limited Budget'.

European Star Awards

November 2020

Since 2012, the leisure technology journal 'Kirmes & Park Revue' awards the European Star Award annually to promote entrepreneurial courage and to reward innovative ideas.

Category: Europe's Best Theme Park

  • Since 2013, Europa-Park has repeatedly been honored as the 'Best European Theme Park' - again in 2020!

Category: Europe's Best Family Attraction

  • Since 2015, the themed ride ARTHUR, has repeatedly been crowned 'Europe's Best Family Attraction' - and again in 2020!

Category: Best new attraction

  • In 2017, the Voletarium qualified as the 'Best new attraction'.

Parkscout Publikums Award

October 2020

The Parkscout Plus Award has been presented by the specialist magazine ‘parkscout’ since 2017. The leading companies in the leisure industry in Europe are awarded prizes in a total of 15 categories.

Category: Europe's Best Theme Park

  • Once again, the editorial team has chosen Europa-Park as ‘Europe's best theme park’!

Category: Europe's best new attraction

  • The newly-opened themed ride Pirates in Batavia is named ‘Europe's best innovation’!

Category: Europe's best dark ride

  • The Inverted-Powered-Coaster ARTHUR wins in the category ‘Europe's best dark ride’!

Category: Germany's best family rollercoaster

  • The Eurosat - CanCan Coaster is ‘Germany's best family rollercoaster’!

Category: Germany's best water park

  • After just eleven months, Rulantica received the parkscout plus award as ‘Germany's best water park’!

Category: Europe's best themed hotel

  • The 4* superior hotel ‘Bell Rock’ is named ‘Europe's best themed hotel’!

FIZZZ Awards 2020

On 21. September 2020, Thomas Mack was named Most Successful Restaurateur of the Year as part of the 'FIZZZ Awards 2020'. In their statement, the editors of the industry magazine FIZZZ paid particular tribute to the innovative strength of the managing partner of Europa-Park: "He is a game changer when it comes to park gastronomy and sets a benchmark far beyond Germany's borders."

With this, the committee rewards the outstanding performance of the qualified hotelier and the high quality in the over 100 Europa-Park restaurants, the water world Rulantica and the six park-owned hotels.

The 'FIZZZ Awards' have been given out for over 20 years, each year recognising the best restaurants in Germany and providing information about the current trends in the industry.

Travellers' Choice Award 2020

Each year, TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel website, presents the Travellers' Choice Awards.

Travellers' Choice Award Europa-Park

  • In July 2020, the world's largest travel website TripAdvisor voted Europa-Park as the 'Most Popular Theme Park in Germany and all of Europe'. Germany's largest theme park therefore defends this prestigious title which it had already received in the past years. In Europe, Europa-Park receives the bronze medal, and wins a proud 9th place and therefore makes it among the top ten globally.

Freizeitpark Check 2020 - Travelcircus

The online platform Travelcircus has analysed 59 German theme and leisure parks and looked at different categories such as ‘value for money’ or ‘fun factor for all ages’.

The result: Europa-Park has scored 23.5 of 25 possible points and was awarded ‘Top Theme Park 2020’. But not only that, Europa-Park also won the categories Rollercoaster and Water Fun.

Germany's most innovative company 2020

100 out of 100 possible points - you can't get better than that.
The German Focus magazine and DEUTSCHLAND TEST have distinguished Europa-Park as Germany's more innovative company in the theme park category. The study analysed the fields of innovation, investment, research, development, product development and technology.

The most popular holiday destinations 2019/2020

The German National Tourist Board (DZT) asks international guests every year about their favourite sights, buildings and places of natural beauty in Germany. Over 13,000 people voted for their favourite in 2019/2020 - and chose Europa-Park in 2nd place.

Brass Ring Award

The Brass Ring Awards honour specific areas of the worldwide theme park industry every year, and belong to the most renowned awards of the industry. The award ceremony takes place during the IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando (Florida).

Europa-Park has already won awards in five categories:


  • Category: Most Creative Sports/Stunt Show

The ice show 'Paddington on Ice - the Grande Voyage' amazed the jury and was awarded the 'Most Creative Sports/Stunt Show'.

  • Category: Best Employee Reward and Recognition Program

The Europa-Park Academy received the Award 'Best Employee Reward and Recognition Program', with their diverse variety of employee seminars and trainings.

  • Category: Live Entertainment Excellence Spirit Award

The Europa-Park Talent Academy, founded by Katja Mack, was rewarded with the 'Live Entertainment Excellence Spirit Award'.


  • Category: Best Visual Merchandise

The toy brand Alpha Mods P.D. developed by MackMedia, conviced judges in the category 'Best Visual Merchandise'.

  • Category: Live Entertainment Excellence Spirit Award

A special honour was due to Ulrich Grawunder, as the former Head of Shows was honoured with the 'Live Entertainment Excellence Spirit Award'.

Parksmania Award

October 2019

The online magazine Parksmania has awarded the internationally recognised 'Parksmania Award' annually to european theme parks snce 2001, which have distinguished themselves through special initiative in the theme park and entertainment sector.

Category: European Park of the Year

  • In October 2019, Europa-Park won the Parksmania Award for 'European Park of the Year' for the fourth time in a row.

Category: European Top New Attraction

  • In 2017, the attraction Voletarium was voted 'European Top New Attraction'. The jury praised the perfect integration into the German themed area.

Golden Ticket Award

September 2019

After five consecutive wins in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Germany’s largest theme park retains its place at the very top of the winner’s podium in 2019. At the Golden Ticket Awards from the renowned Amusement Today magazine, Europa-Park was honoured once again as the Best Theme Park Worldwide for the sixth time in a row by an international jury.

ANWB Award

March 2019

On 7th March Europa-Park has received the award for 'Best excursion destination outside the Netherlands' for the secnd time. Members of the Dutch AA (A.N.W.B.) gave Europa-Park the highest marks out of all excursion destinations in Europe.

European Festival Awards 2018

January 2019

Since ist inception in 2009, the European Festival Awards have been dedicated to recognising and honouring collective achievements in the festival industry.

Category: Best New Festival

  • Launched in 2018 at Europa-Park, 'Rolling Stone Park' was honored with the 'European Festival Award 2018' in January 2019 as the best new festival.

Family Cup

December 2018

On 2nd December 2018, Freizeit-Verlag Landsberg honoured the best family hotels of the year in German-speaking countries for the eleventh time. The top-class jury - consisting of experienced specialist journalists, well-known industy experts and the management of Freizeit-Verlag Landsberg, - announced the winners in Bolzano (Italy).

Category: Rooms

  • The 4* superior hotel 'Bell Rock' prevailed in the 'Logis' category, facing strong competition, and received the 'Family Cup 2018'.


November 2018

Together with the German Hotel and Restaurant Association (DEHOGA), Tourismus Marketing GmbH Baden-Württemberg has been awarding the State Seal of Quality for 20 years. This is valid for three years and will only be awarded if strict criteria are met. Europa-Park has been awarded the State Seal of Quality in three categories:

  • 'Theme Parks and Pools'
  • 'Accommodation outside of distinguished locations'
  • 'Restaurants'

HALO Award

October 2018

The HALO Awards are given for particularly creative and innovative AV, VR and MR projects in Europe. At this year's HALO Awards, which were presented at VR Days Europe in Amsterdam, 'Eurosat Coastiality' convinced the jury in the category 'Location-based Entertainment' and was awarded the Silver Award.

Travellers' Choice Awards

January 2018

Each year, TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel website, presents the Travellers' Choice Awards.

Travellers' Choice Award Resort

  • Once again four themed hotels ranked among the German Top 10 in the Family category. The 4* superior hotel 'Bell Rock', the 4* superior hotel ‘Colosseo’ and the 4* hotels ‘El Andaluz’ and ‘Castillo Alcazar’, ranking third, fourth, seventh and eighth respectively. No small feat for Germany’s largest theme park and hotel resort!

THEA Award

The THEA Award has been presented by the Themed Entertainment Association to honour outstanding achievements in development, concept and execution in theme parks since 1994.

2017 – Category: Best Ride System

2013 – Category: Best Amusement Park Worldwide

  • Both the loving design that goes into the fifteen European themed areas and the development of a popular short-haul destination prompted the THEA committee to honour the park for its outstanding achievements. The variety and attention to detail offered at Europa-Park is extraordinary, praises the THEA.

2012 – Category: Restaurants

  • The looping restaurant FoodLoop was awarded the THEA award in the Gastronomy category, in Los Angeles in April 2012. "At FoodLoop your food has as much fun as you do" explained the jury of the Themed Entertainment Association