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Review of Camp Resort Europa-Park

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Camp Resort Europa-Park
Ranked #1 of 19 Specialty Lodging in Rust
Certificate of Excellence
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Wild!!!!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2012

If you plan to stay for more than a day at Europa-Park, you'll need somewhere to stay, and you have basically 3 choices: You can stay in one of the Europa-Park themed hotels, which look very nice indeed but have prices to match, you can stay at the Camp Resort, also part of the Europa-Park experience, or you can book up with one of the independant hotels in the small town of Rust, (which one suspects has no function these days other than to service guests of, and provide workers to the park.)
Having worked out that the cost of staying in one of the Park's own hotels was going to bust the holiday budget, I went for the Camp Resort option. We were 2 adults, 1 thirteen year-old who was classed as an adult, and a 7 year old. Our package for 2 nights in the camp with breakfast, plus 2 days in the park was 532 euros.
The holiday destination was a surprise for the rest of family, as was the accommodation. The camp offers three types, all based on the Wild-West theme: Tipis, Covered Wagons, or rooms in Log-Cabins. I had read the other reviews on TA before booking and went for the covered wagon.
Well, my other half, not knowing what to pack for, had packed for every eventuality under the sun, EXCEPT 2 nights in a covered wagon. She was NOT impressed. The lack of en-suite facilities was not her idea of fun.
The kids were, I think, bemused more than anything. It was my turn to be surprised by the realisation that they had never had any childhood exposure to the Wild West. There are no western-type series on TV, no Lone Ranger, Bonanza or High Chaperal, they had never seen any cowboy films, (the elder vaguely remembered a bit of Carry-On Cowboy), assumed "Indians" came from India (logically) and so the whole theme was totally lost on them! The covered wagon, they thought, was where gypsies lived, and the elder one had seen Tipis on TV being lived in by "some eco-protesters or something" (leastways someone, for whom the lack of en-suite facilities would not, one assumes, present any great problem.) So, not a good start. Still, none of that is the fault of the Camp.
The surreal sense of the place is compounded by the mix of western movie slang and the German language used in much of the signage and official communication, and the noticeboard at the entrance reminded us that we were definitely still in Germany by announcing that "Even in the Wild-West there are rules", and detailing them at length.
And so we moved in to our wagon. I wish I had read the confirmation letter more fully as it clearly said that there was a socket, and that would have saved me the expense of a camping stove which I had packed for tea making purposes. The inside has 2 bunk beds set at right-angles, a table and small wardrobe. You need to take your own sleeping bags for all the Camp accommodation. Once the shock had subsided, we went exploring and everybody began to relax and get in to the spirit. Both sorts of music (country and western....) are constantly piped all round the camp. The car park was literally a 2 minute walk from wagon via the back gate. Over the road we found a swimming lake! (Not the lake seen in the photos of the camp, this is much bigger, and deep, an old quarry pit, we guessed. Great fun, though no lifeguard, so keep an eye on the kids if they are not decent swimmers.) The lake actually provided the nearest thing I had to a shower for the 2 days we were there (unless you count the impromptu drenching on a couple of the park rides.) There is a mechanical bull (1€ a go) and panning for gemstones for the kids, all really well thought out, though in all honesty they knackered themselves out so much in the park that once we got back to the camp, nobody was up for any more activity. The various sized Tipis sleep 6 upwards. This is your cheapest bed for the night, but you will find yourself saying "Howdee" to total strangers if your group does not number the same as the number of beds. The same rule goes for the log cabins. What was surprising, was that unless you brought a padlock along, there is no means of actually locking the wagon. And obviously there’s no way you are going to lock your new friends out of your shared Tipi! Anybody can walk on to the camp, security is pretty non-existent. But nothing got nicked, so there you go! (Maybe No Nicking was in the rules) The restaurant, or “Silver Lake Saloon” carried the western theme so far it should have been vanishing in to a golden sunset. We only used it for the breakfasts we had booked, and it was pretty busy, though the Franco-German breakfast buffet never looked in danger of being depleted, and we ate pretty well. There was also a kiosk offering fresh rolls and “stuff” for people of a more self-catering persuasion. There are also a couple of barbecue grills set up with plenty of logs to burn, so you can do your own outdoor meat-fest. You can order BBQ food packages from the camp, but not buy on the day. A lot of the park visitors who walked past the camp seemed to be far more impressed with the idea of sleeping in a wild west village than my family. At night the purpose of the white balls in the camp lake is revealed as they light up to illuminate the lake. I thought the whole thing was great. Big Chief Bag-packer described it as “fine” (though by day 2 even she was singing a ditty I didn’t know called “3 Wheels on my wagon”) The kids were too tired to offer too much of an opinion, but were definitely happy with the whole thing. The toilets and other facilities, needless to say, were spotless. I would be more than happy to use this as a base for another trip to the Park, which I suspect may be on the agenda. Tonight, we are going to watch "How the West Was Won" On DVD. There is a picture of a covered wagon on the front, just like the ones the gypsies use in Germany…….

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helmond, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2012

We booked a stay for 1 night, so we could enjoy the park for two days. After a long drive we arrived at the camp resort. We were welcomed very friendly by the personal. They explained everything very well. After a day of great pleasure in the park we slept very well in our Tipi. We booked a twelve person tipi so there were other people in our tent. It didn't bother us. The breakfast was a regular one. Nothing special but good. After a 5 min. walk we enjoyed the park again. We had a wunderfull trip to Europa park, one of the best parks in Europe. We will recommend it to all the people.

Room Tip: We booked 5 beds in a 12 person tipi. There are other people in the tent but it is cheaper. We also...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Belgium
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2012

Staying over in a Tipi was a great experience. No cold night thanks to the heating in the Tipi. Very clean places to get a shower and very clean toilets. Only 5 minutes to walk to the parc. The restaurant is very good but you really must make a reservation well in time. We were too late to make reservation but we were lucky that we arrived at a time that a table came free.
If we are going back, we are possibly going to take our own meat & vegetables so that we can use the campfires for the barbecue!
The parc is also very clean! Very well organized. You can find here excellent roller coasters.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Bern, Switzerland
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2011

Europa Park has so much to offer. Its good fun and a great way to see Europe in a day. Rides for everyone even if you have small children. Sample food from each country. The park and camp sites are well kept. We took a log cabin and the beds were so comfy with ample room to enjoy a good sleep. The staff were very helpful and kind. I will be going back.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Switzerland
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17 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2011

We stayed here for one night and had alot of fun! Only problem was that it was close to the end of the school year, so many teenagers were there with their schools. Which in return meant a VERY LOUD NIGHT! The walls are quite thin in the log cabin and so we could hear everything around us, and it made it quite difficult for my kids to sleep. Excellent food!! We had dinner at the Saloon, since there wasn't any room around the campfires. We arrived a little late, so if you signed up for the grill package get there early, but like I said the food at the Saloon was excellent! As the others said, this is NOT a hotel, so no frills are included, its as if you are really camping out! They have a family bathroom area, which made things a little easier for showers etc. There is also a playground and a pony ride. We missed the show at 7pm because the waitress told us the wrong time, so instead we took a walk around the man made lake that is used for swimming during the hotter days. Overall it was alot of fun, and now I know what to expect for the next time, if we were to stay there again! :)

Room Tip: I would suggest the cabins, as I heard many around us complain that the covered wagons and tipis wer...
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Basel, Switzerland
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2011

It is a simple resort...no frills.....not a hotel. Own bedding must be supplied etc. BUT it is just perfect for families wanting an overnight stay and to make the most of the free parking at Camp Resort and ease of access to the Park. Really great atmosphere. Good restaurant for eating in the evening (reservation may be useful at busy times of the year). Great staff. Our second visit in two summers. Will definitely stay again.

Room Tip: Take a sleeping bag. Pillows not necessary.
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Zurich, Switzerland
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104 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2011

This was our 2nd time to stay in Europa Park. The kids liked staying in the Covered Wagon so much last year that they begged to do it again this year. So this year we did 1 night Covered Wagon, 1 night Tipi, and 2 nights Europa Park Gastehaus. Camp Resort (Covered Wagon Option or Log Cabin Option) is WONDERFUL! Except for being basic accommodations --- though you do get a heater, table & closet ---- it is very comfy & warm. The setting is a really well-done Wild Wild West Town complete with panning for gemstones, mechanical bull riding in the evenings, playground for the kids under a huge pavilion style tipi (so the children can play outside even when it rains), lake to swim in, grill places for your campfire dinners, saloon for breakfast with Sheriff Euromouse, and reasonable restaurants. During our 1st visit to Europa Park last year, we met a 10 year old boy who said that he has been to Europa Park 7 times & stayed in all their different hotels, and his very favorite place is Camp Resort. Now (a year later) we have toured all the different Europa Park Hotels, stayed 2-3 nights in 2 of them, and for my children also, Covered Wagon in Camp Resort is their favorite place to stay. (As an aside, if you have the choice to stay in Covered Wagon vs. Tipi, our family much prefers the covered wagon.) In general, the bathroom facilities are kept clean too.

Room Tip: Covered Wagons are fun & comfortable.
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Camp Resort Europa-Park
Address: Rheinweg 5 | Park-Strasse 4+6, 77977 Rust, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
Location: Germany > Baden-Wurttemberg > Rust
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 19 Specialty Lodging in Rust
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:1 star — Camp Resort Europa-Park 1*
Number of rooms: 68
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
One thing will strike you as soon as you set eyes on the Camp Resort: the tipis are not only named after Wild West legends, guests too will feel just like real heros of the West! Wooden signs point the adventurous in the right direction, past the stake to their log-cabins, tipis or covered wagons. Our Camp Resort, with a total of 458 beds, is perfect for an adventurous family holiday, for school outings and for nature-lovers. The Europa-Park entrance tickets can be obtained at the reception. In the summer season guests have the possibility to enjoy certain attractions of Europa-Park half an hour (in the winter season one hour) before the park officially opens. Europa-Park "winter season": 28th November 2015 until 10th january 2016 (On New Year's Eve open until 6.30 pm). Europa-Park "summer season 2016": 19th march 2016 until 06th november 2016 ... more   less 

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