Here, however, three-year-olds already have to pay the children’s price:

Here, however, three-year-olds already have to pay the children’s price:

More than half of Germans would like to live abroad for a while or even forever. 55 percent of those questioned expressed themselves accordingly in a representative Yougov survey. A good third of this group would even like to live abroad forever. 13 percent could imagine living outside Germany for two to five years. Nine percent want to stay away for a year at most.

And the survey showed that older people in particular – aged 55 and over – could imagine staying abroad forever. The 18 to 24 year olds are more likely to be drawn into the distance for a few years. Yougov surveyed a total of 2,109 adults in Germany.

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Hope for less stress and a higher quality of life

Those who can imagine emigrating stated above all that they hoped for a quieter and more relaxed life in another country (38 percent). Other reasons are the hope for a higher quality of life (33 percent) and better weather (31 percent). And for many, the opinion on the subject of emigration has recently changed: 29 percent said they were even less willing to do so two years ago. The main reasons given by those people were that they would like to live in a country with a more stable political situation. Others hope for a higher income. The client for the representative survey was the financial services provider Transferwise.

Sources used: dpa-AFX

It doesn’t always have to be Disneyland: There are inexpensive amusement parks in Europe – for less than 150 euros for a family of four. Where fun doesn’t cost a fortune. 

The cheapest amusement parks in Europe
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Wild loops, rapid descents and lively water rides provide adrenaline rushes and tingling in the stomach; picturesque fairy-tale forests and colorful children’s trains delight the younger visitors – the attractions in Europe’s amusement parks are at least as diverse as the landscapes between Scandinavian mountains and Italian vineyards.

Which theme parks have the greatest fun factor?

In 2018, every second German (39.5 million people) over the age of 14 visited an amusement park again. The selection is huge, there are now over 1,000 different amusement parks in Europe.

But which park is the cheapest place for a family to have fun together? The travel company Travelcircus has taken a closer look at the 25 most popular amusement parks in Europe and found out where you can enjoy family fun most cheaply. 

Big price differences between the parks

The cheapest amusement park is Energylandia in Poland. The costs for a family of four there amount to 87.91 euros. Travelcircus looked at the admission prices for a family of four in the main season 2019 when visitors buy tickets at the cash desk. On-site parking costs were also included. 

The cheapest amusement parks: A family of four has to pay the least for a visit to the Polish Energylandia. (Source: t-online marrying indian girl / Travelcircus)

A family has to plan the most money for a visit to an amusement park if they want to visit Disneyland Paris. Two adults and two children pay 432 euros there – almost five times as much as the cheapest amusement park. 

What many families often forget: Parking at the amusement park is usually chargeable. Depending on the park, you have to plan a parking fee of up to 30 euros. 

One is the longest "child" in Hansa Park

Children usually pay a little less entry than adults. While in most parks you have to pay in full from the age of eleven or twelve, in Hansa Park you are still considered a child up to and including 14 years of age.

Most expensive theme parks: Disneyland Paris is almost five times more expensive than the cheapest theme park, Energylandia. (Source: t-online / Travelcircus)

In some parks, however, you don’t pay by age, but by height. This makes sense because many park attractions have size restrictions for users.

Even three-year-olds have to pay admission to these parks

Since there are often very few attractions for the smallest family members, most parks are free for children up to and including three years of age.

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Here, however, three-year-olds already have to pay the children’s price:

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Whether Europa-Park, Phantasialand or Legoland. The big amusement parks attract thousands of visitors every year – despite high entrance fees. But there are attractive promotions and discounts. We’ll show you how you can save a lot of money.

Do you know that? You are planning a trip to the amusement park with the whole family. The anticipation is great – until you think of your empty wallet after the visit. The flat-rate prices, with which the park attractions can be used as desired, are up to 47 euros per adult. And of course food is not included. A coke here, a portion of french fries and a small souvenir for home make a good sum at the end of the day.

Most popular excursion destination despite high admission prices

Nevertheless, almost 40 million visitors came to the German theme parks alone in 2016. This makes them one of the most popular excursion options last year. No wonder, as the parks outdo each other with new superlatives and spectacular attractions every season. Phantasialand, Europa-Park and Co. are not only loved by families and children, but also by many roller coaster fans and adrenaline-addicted visitors. So that you can increase the joy of visiting the park even more, the amusement parks offer different prices, special offers and discounts that you should know about. We have put together the best tips for the start of the season.

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Five tips for bargain hunters:

1st birthday children are allowed in free of charge Congratulations! Children and young people (sometimes adults too) enjoy a special birthday present in many parks: free entry. Simply present your ID and the fun begins. The parks Bavaria Filmstadt, Europa-Park Rust, Fort Fun, Hansa Park and Legoland, for example, are among those that give birthday children free admission.

2. Use family tickets Most parks offer family tickets because the operators know that they are the main target group. Tickets are worthwhile for two or more children. In Legoland Günzburg, adults save 12 euros and children 7.50 euros with such a ticket. Large families can land a real bargain in Bavaria Filmstadt on Sundays: Two adults with an unlimited number of their own children then pay a fixed price of 84 euros. In the Potsdam Filmpark Babelsberg, the family ticket attracts two adults and three children for a total of only 65 euros instead of 89 euros.

3. Use the annual ticket for permanent guests Do you fancy several visits a year? Then an annual pass is worthwhile for you. It usually pays for itself from the third visit. The Merlin annual ticket from 69 euros per person, which is valid for 17 attractions of the Merlin Group, is particularly attractive. Legoland Resorts, Heide Park Soltau, Sea Life Aquariums and Madame Tussauds in Berlin. In some parks you even get discounts on food and drinks. The annual ticket in Leipzig’s Belantis Park is also very cheap, and costs just € 54.90, and online for just € 52.90. With the annual ticket from Belantis you can also visit the partner park Tripsdrill in Baden-Württemberg for free. In turn, with its annual ticket, it offers free entry to five other partner parks across Europe!

4. Book complete packages Travel operators throughout Germany often offer package deals for different amusement parks that combine overnight hotel accommodation close to the parks with park entry. That is almost always cheaper than staying in the expensive theme hotels in the amusement parks. The Movie Park in Bottrop offers a best price package for 1 night and 2 days of park entry from 51 euros. 

5. Watch out for special campaigns Companies such as Deutsche Bahn or ADAC offer cooperation with individual parks. With the Hansa-Park-Ticket, for example, from April 2017, Deutsche Bahn will be offering a train journey and entrance fee for only 51 euros for the first person and 27 euros for each additional person. The Heide Park replaces, should you visit the park on a rainy day, the visit with a free ticket for an additional day. The Tripsdrill adventure park in Baden-Württemberg offers a € 4 discount if you travel by bus or train. The Merlin Group is currently offering a campaign with a 2 for 1 coupon online at www.merlinaktion.de (as of October), which should give bargain hunters a lot of pleasure.

Incidentally, many parks offer online tickets that can be printed out at home. This not only saves the annoying queuing at the cash desk. In some parks you can also save a few euros on the entrance fee. All in all, you can save a lot of money, in some cases up to 50 percent of the entry price, and with the hotel packages even up to 70 percent. You can find a detailed overview of current promotions and special prices at www.freizeitparkdeals.de. 

Unobstructed view of the Colosseum & Co: The city of Rome has declared war on street vendors in the historic center. From now on, the typical cars that sell water and snacks are no longer allowed to park there.

The many dealers who sell selfie sticks, papal cups and other kitsch, mostly illegally, have to vacate their place. Numerous police officers control the city center.

"Disfigurement" of the city center

The sellers in front of the Colosseum, at the Roman Forum or at the Spanish Steps have been part of the cityscape of Rome for years – to the chagrin of many tourism managers and city leaders. You think it’s one "Disfigurement" of the city center. Also, most of the dealers operate illegally and offer counterfeit and overpriced goods. The mafia earns a lot from the deal.

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Mayor Ignazio Marino had announced that Rome would "shine" to reproduce which the city owes.

The theme parks start the season three months late due to the Corona crisis. While some attractions have to remain closed for the time being, a few innovations are also available for visitors.

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The major theme parks in Germany and neighboring countries will start the 2020 season around three months later due to the corona crisis. Most outdoor rides are open, but numerous shows are canceled for the time being. Spontaneous visits are also not possible; instead, guests have to buy tickets that are dated on the day via the respective website.

With a delay in the summer season

Europa-Park in Rust, Baden, started the summer season on May 29th with eight weeks delay and almost all of the more than 100 attractions. Are closed "African Queen" in adventure land, "Ball pool" on the adventure playground in the Spain themed area as well as in Holland and in the Irish Limerick Castle, Casa de Aventura and water slides in Lítill Island.