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Uncommon theme parks in Europe - Explore Europe's' Unusual and Splendid Theme Parks

Weirdly wonderful Europe's' unusual theme parks offers visitors uniquely engaging leisure hubs off the beaten track. From Popeye's Village to sculpture parks the region's quirkiest parks are below.

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Vulcania Amusement Park in Saint-Ours, Auvergne, France

Vulcania Amusement Park in Saint-Ours, Auvergne, France

Ranked among one of the most unusual theme parks in France Vulcania is leisure hub that is also an edutainment point of interest for volcano fanatics. Exploring the wealth of knowledge available on the phenomenon this engaging and educational theme park devoted to volcanoes is a hit with children as well as adults. Lined with mind blowing rollercoasters such as Dragon Ride which travels at break neck speeds, the venue also houses interactive showcases on the basics of volcanic eruptions. Designed by award winning architect Hans Hollein the park's central attractions is a 28m tall lave stone cove.

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Popeye Village in Malta's Anchor Bay

Popeye Village in Malta's Anchor Bay

Converted in to a theme park like no other Popeye Village in Anchor Bay, Malta is in fact what remains of the Hollywood film set from the 1980's. The Robin William starring film was shot in this scenic bay along Malta's coastline and visitors can now experience the wooden structures and other buildings made specifically for the motion picture at Popeye's Village. Bringing the cartoon hero's home town to life the free attraction also boasts a museum dedicated to the spinach eating sailor. Other highlights include puppet displays, boat rides and screenings of the Hollywood film made at the venue.

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Bakken Amusement Park in Klampenborg, Denmark

Bakken Amusement Park in Klampenborg, Denmark

Tipped to be the oldest amusement park on the planet this popular recreational hub is a mere 10 minutes away from the heart of the Danish capital. Having opened its doors to the public as early as 1538 the venue is synonymous with the white hued clown named Pjerrot. As well-known leisure hub among locals Bakken remains a quaint theme park for those in search of old world charm close to the heart of Copenhagen. Must-visit points of interest include the Rutschebanen wooden rollercoaster which dates back to the early 1930's.

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Efteling Theme Park in Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands

Efteling Theme Park in Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands

Regarded as one of the lesser known family friendly attractions in the Netherlands the Efteling Theme Park is another unusual amusement haven in Europe. Visited by Dutch patrons for the most of the year the venue first established in 1952 and is one of the oldest amusement centres in the globe having opened its door three years before the first Disneyland in the USA. Must-experience rides at the venue include the Joris the Dragon double tracked wooden rollercoaster while statues of magical entities large and small are also found on the park.

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Grūtas Park in Lithuania

Grūtas Park in Lithuania

As one of Europe's most underappreciated sculpture parks Lithuania's Grūtas Park is a one of a kind tribute hub to the Soviet Union's greatest leaders. Littered with monolithic monuments of Stalin, Lenin and Marx the venue's extensive Sculpture Garden is home to a whopping 86 sculptures in all. A children's playground dubbed Luna Park is also part of the landscape in addition to a zoo.

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Tripsdrill in Germany

Tripsdrill in Germany

Reputed to be Germany's oldest theme park Tripsdrill is a family owned theme park with a larger than life rollercoaster dubbed Mammut and a wide range of flume rides and rides across rapids. A wildlife enclosure that is home to 130 varieties of wildlife is another highlight at the park where falconry sessions are also held daily. Visitors hoping to travel to the park and others mentioned above can contact Sri Lanka travel agents such as Jetwing Holidays for European tour packages and rates.