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Germany’s Black Forest And Beyond: A Surprising Summer Holiday

Germany’s Black Forest and surrounding areas offer beautiful landscapes, summertime highs of 25 degrees, fairy-tale towns and one of Europe’s best theme parks. But what’s it really like as a summer holiday destination?

 

Schwarzenbach Reservoir, Black Forest, Germany
Schwarzenbach Reservoir, Black Forest, Germany

I’ll admit, I’ve never started planning a summer holiday and thought “let’s go to Germany”. Yet, when I was invited to explore the south-west of the country a few weeks ago, I was pleasantly surprised!

Along with family blogger Natalie from Plutonium Sox and the winners of the Fly Baden holiday competition, I explored several very different parts of the Baden region. Starting in spa town Baden-Baden, we then visited the Black Forest, the university city of Karlsruhe and rounded off our trip at theme park Europa-Park. The best way to see this part of Germany? On a road trip of course! After all, this is a seriously beautiful part of the world – somewhere you’ll definitely want the freedom to stop for a few photos along the way!

Baden-Baden

Baden-Baden was put firmly on the map after the Romans discovered thermal waters there. By the 1800s, the spa town was frequented by royalty, celebrities and the world’s elite. They enjoyed extravagant holidays in upmarket surroundings, while enjoying the healing properties of the water.

Baden-Baden, Germany
Baden-Baden, Germany

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Exciting Adventures in the Black Forest… and Win A Holiday!

Who fancies winning an amazing adventure holiday in the beautiful Black Forest with Fly-Baden?

*Thank you for your entries. Please note this competition has now closed*

I’ve hit the busiest time for travel of my life! WHAM! After spending last week working on a project for Expedia in Barcelona, I headed back home for 48 hours, before returning to the airport to fly to Helsinki. It’s been a magical week – more on that soon… but here I am with just 36 hours to prepare for my Trek America road trip!

Just when I thought things were about to quieten down, I received an invite to return to a place that really surprised me last year… the Baden-Baden region of Germany. I popped over there last April to visit Europa Park – one of Europe’s biggest and best theme parks (way better than Disneyland Paris in my opinion!)

Europa Park Water Ride
Europa Park Log Flume

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HUFFINGTON POST: The Future of Roller Coasters? Testing Virtual Reality Technology at Europa Park, Germany

Checking out the future of virtual reality rollercoaster technology in Germany.

A few weeks ago, I visited Europa Park in Germany. In between enjoying some of the best roller coasters in the world, and watching some great entertainment, I also had the chance to test out some brand new technology!

The new virtual reality technology is currently being trialled at the park, but you can get the inside scoop in my blog for Huffington Post right now.

Wanderlust Chloe VR Tech

Wanderlust Chloe

Exploring Europa Park Theme Park Resort, Germany

Time to check out one of Europe’s top theme parks – Europa Park in Germany.

I’m fairly sure I landed in Germany earlier today, yet in the last hour or so I’ve hopped from Spain, to Iceland, to Russia, to Greece. I haven’t boarded another flight, but I have been spun around on some of Europe’s biggest rollercoasters.

Europa Park, around 45 minutes from Baden Baden airport, is Europe’s second most popular theme park resort (after Disneyland Paris). With budget airline Ryanair flying from Stansted to the region, and park entry around two-thirds of the price of Disney (42 Euros rather than 62 for adults), it’s a trip worth considering.

Over the course of three days I tried out the biggest rides, sampled the food and drink, experienced some of the entertainment, and as the area was enjoying a spell of hot weather, I also managed to slot in a few hours lounging by the pool at Hotel Bell Rock.

The park is spit into 13 areas, each representing a different country. The attention to detail is incredible… from the Scandinavian area with fresh fish, fjords and a Norwegian Church (where you can get married), to Italy with a miniature St Mark’s Square and pizzeria. Not to mention Spain with a large arena and Holland with picturesque canals. England comes complete with a large scale Globe Theatre, London taxi and bus rides, and of course, a traditional English pub.

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The park caters to the mass market. Children’s World is home to merry-go-rounds, small slides and kids boat rides, all perfect for the park’s youngest visitors. One of the newest attractions is the Arthur themed area. I particularly enjoyed the relaxed ride through magical scenes from the films – featuring giant ladybirds, wasps, poppies and an incredible neon alley!

Photo courtesy of Europa Park

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