Phantasialand – A Beginners Guide

You might have noticed on my social that I’ve been away in Phantasialand for a few days. It was my first time there EVER, so I thought I’d cobble together some of the details of our trip. If you’ve never been, it could start as a good reference point. Just remember – this is what we did. There are lots of different routes, transfers, places to stay. and rides to go on. Jordan at Cupcakes and Coasters was our guru on this trip – she’s got lots of posts to read about it. As well as digging around her archive, my coaster geeks mates on Twitter were super helpful too.

How we got there

Phantasialand is closest to Cologne Bonn Airport. We flew via Ryanair from Stansted. It’s possible to go there and back in a day. There are flights most days early in the morning, and then later in the evening. We were staying over, so we took the early flight on a Monday morning. This gave us almost a full day on park Monday, and a full day on Tuesday too. You can get to Phantasialand from the airport in various ways. There are public transport links. It’s only a 25 minute car journey, so Mrs H booked us a private car transfer via ZipTransfers. it was more expensive than public transport, and not too different to a taxi. I don’t like faffing, so it was nice to get to the arrivals hall to a man holding a sign saying ‘Kip Hakes’ and being whisked off in a shiny Mercedes.

Where we stayed at Phantasialand

Phantasialand has two hotels on site. One is the African themed ‘Hotel Matamba’ and the China themed ‘Hotel Ling Bao’. Both are on the edges of the park. We stayed in Matamba, you can pay a bit extra for a room with a park view – we did, and the view was INCREDIBLE. Our room overlooked the garden area of the hotel, and we had a view of the first inversion of Black Mamba.

The view from our room at Phantasialand

The view from our room at Phantasialand

Both hotels are exquisitely themed, they have REALLY run with the theme. There aren’t any vinyl wall printings here. It all looks incredible.

Lots of the wayfinding around the hotel is painted directly onto the walls, in a sort of ‘cave painting’ style. You really don’t feel like you’re in a hotel in Germany, you could genuinely be in the middle of Africa.

Staying in Matamba you get ERT on both Taron and Raik for 30 minutes after the park closes. As a hotel guest you also get one fastpass per person that can be used on one ride out of a selection of six. There are lots of hotels in and around Cologne you could stay at. Obviously you wouldn’t get the ERT. The onsite hotels aren’t cheap, but they are worth every single penny. Both hotels have two restaurants, an à la carte and a buffet. We went Buffet in Matamba the first night, and à la carte in Ling Bao the second. The à la carte selection was limited to us veggies. The ‘Vegetarian Starter’ actually contained fish, so – erm, it wasn’t really. The buffet in Matamba was pretty damned good for vegetarians.

The Restaurant Zambesi

The breakfast buffet in Matamba was fantastic too. You can pick up a ‘full English’ if you fancy, plus there is a seemingly endless supply of, well, everything breakfasty. The Ethiopian pancakes are delicious – try those.

Go to Page 2 to find out about the rides I rate..

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