We’ve been so busy and tired these last few weeks, as August is a really busy month on our campsite, so we haven’t been going on as many days trips as we usually would. The kids have kept themselves busy with their school work or played at the park with their friends and gone swimming, so they haven’t missed out but we were all ready for a fun day out.
A Day Out At The Eifel Park Was A Much Needed Break
When our day off came around this week we decided to treat ourselves and blow our usual weekly activity budget on a big day out to the Eifel Park in Gondorf.
The Eifel park is set over an area of 70 hectares, with numerous attractions and over 200 wild animals. Its located close to Bitburg & Trier in the beautiful South Eifel area and is very easy to access by car. Parking is free and we noticed a separate car park for RV’s where it looked like you could camp overnight.
We paid 48 Euros for a family ticket (2 adults, 2 children); this gives you entrance to all of the rides and the animal park area. There is also a fantastic 2km walk through an open nature reserve where you can get quite close to mountain goats and wild deer.
There are multiple restaurant and snack bars if you plan to eat there, however we thought the prices were a little steep (5 Euros for a burger!) and there weren’t many healthy options. If we went again we would take a picnic.
The majority of the rides are located at the top of the park, if you don’t fancy the walk to the top you can either hop on the little train or ride the toboggan one way to the main park area. The staff are really friendly and helpful, if you cant find what you are looking for just ask and you will be directed with a smile.
Our kids were young enough (aged 8 & 9) to enjoy all of the rides but I would suggest that if you have kids over the age of 10 that you give the Eifel Park a miss as they would be a little bored there. The rides are a mixture of mini rollercoasters, giant swings, bumper cars and water rides (check out our video on YouTube). The water rides are brilliant fun but be aware that you will get soaked!
We visited at the end of high season; whilst there were still plenty of people visiting the park, it was quiet enough that you didn’t have to wait a long time in queues plus the weather was still good. I would imagine that visiting in July & August would mean long queues for most of the rides and might lead to frustrated and grumpy kids.
The best thing about the Eifel Park is definitely the toboggan ride. Its the biggest and fastest toboggan that we have ever ridden in any country and got a huge thumbs up from our kids. Bigger kids can ride on their own, under 8’s must be accompanied by an adult.
We had a really good day out at the Eifel Park and I would recommend you add it to your list if you are planning a trip to Germany with Kids.
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