It’s Playmobil Funpark, just outside of Nuremberg.
— Big: you can stay all day and still not do everything.
— Cheap: just 6.50 per kid. Food prices are also reasonable (okay, by amusement park standards) and you can bring a picnic if you like.
— Varied: whether your kid wants to climb, dig, play, or run around and scream, there’s something.
— Interactive: instead of passive “rides”, pretty much everything at PFP is interactive, from the huge sandbox to the large building full of toys. (Playmobile toys, of course.)
Really, I was astounded. It’s not Disney World, no — not as big, not nearly as over-the-top amazing — but on the other hand, a family of four can have a wonderful day for under 100 Euros.
About the only negative is that it’s targeted at a fairly narrow age group: big enough to climb and build, small enough to think it’s cool. Say ages three to ten. My six year old thought this was a solid slab of heaven. Five years from now he’ll be curling his lip. But you’re never going to make “Playmobile Land” interesting to teenagers, and the narrow-guage marketing makes it work better.
Oh, and: not to indulge in national stereotypes, but this park is just astonishingly clean.
It’s the end of July: vacation time. Where would you take the kids?