Phantasialand in Brühl near Cologne is home to exotic landscapes, epic soundtracks and exhilarating rides. During the winter months, the theme park is transformed into a magical sea of sparkling lights.

Calling all speed demons! Records have been broken at Phantasialand, which is home to Taron, the longest multi-launch rollercoaster in the world, and Raik, the world's fastest family boomerang rollercoaster of its kind with forwards and backwards motion. Black Mamba is another firm favourite, which comes jaw-droppingly close to ravines and rock faces at high speed.

Visitors needing to cool down should head for the refreshing water attractions: Chiapas is a log flume with the world's steepest drop for a ride of its kind and River Quest is a river rapids ride with the world's biggest splash.

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