Vegan Guide to Phantasialand
Phantasialand in Brühl (near Cologne, Germany) was one of the 20 most visited amusement parks in Europe in 2018. At the moment, 26 rides, several shows and a lot of restaurants invite guests to linger in the well decorated theme world. This year we gave it a try and were surprised by the amount of vegan food we found everywhere in the park! So after our Disneyland Paris Guide (2019 update coming this winter), we’re stoked to present you our very special guide to the vegan world of Phantasialand!
The different themes and attractions
The park is divided into six theme worlds: Berlin, Mystery, Mexio, China Town, Deep in Africa and Fantasy. Rides like “Taron” (rollercoaster in Mystery), Black Mamba (Deep in Africa) or the new virtual reality rollercoaster “Crazy Bats” lure every year almost 2 million visitors in. Right next to the park lie Phantasialand’s two themed hotels, the Hotel Ling Bao and the Hotel Matamba.
Our favourite ride was “Taron”, an insane rollercoaster that rushes through mountain peaks and over the roofs of the northern village of Klugheim in Mystery. We had to wait 100 minutes in line (that’s what you get on a sunny Saturday in August), but we could just not resist a coaster in this beautifully crafted setting.
Surprised by the Park-Guide
A look at the Park-Guide let us a bit stunned: next to the restaurants were small symbols indicating vegan options. Now that’s something to be jealous of, dear Disneyland Paris!
Following this map, you should find vegan food / snacks in every theme world. Off we went exploring!
Vegan Options in Phantasialand
Let’s start with the places where you won’t find anything and can skip right away:
Waffelbäckerei (Berlin), Eis-Café Annie Himmelreich (Berlin), Kornmüller’s Crêpes (Mystery), Humpenbude (Mystery), Hot Dogs Mexico (Mexico), China Snack (China Town), Softeis China Town (China Town), Snack Wuze Town Kinderland (Fantasy) and Softeis Wuze-Tal (Fantasy).
We made a full list of the restaurants that are marked by vegan symbols in the Park-Guide:
Vegan in "Berlin"
“Berlin” is the classic theme park world, similar to Disneyland’s Main Street. The first ride you’ll encounter is the carousel and the main attraction is “Maus au Chocolat”, an interactive 3D family ride. You’ll come across lots of kid’s rides and the Fun House “Das verrückte Hotel Tartüff”.
The world is home to small cafés, a snackbar and the restaurant “Unter den Linden”.
Vegan in "Mystery":
If you take Phantasialand’s entrance of “Mystery”, you’ll immediately stumble upon some of the park’s main attractions. The “Taron” is, according to the park itself, the fastest multi-launch-coaster in the world. And boy, is it fast! The rails guide you through mountain peaks and over the roofs of the northern village of Klugheim, a spectacular setting we haven’t seen in a theme park yet. A bit slower but not less appealing is the boomerang-coaster “Raik”. The rafting “River Quest” offers you a quick refreshing on a hot summer day and if you’re not afraid of heights, the Bungee-Drop-Tower “Mystery Castle” is just around the corner.
Vegan in "Mexico":
One of Phantasialand’s most popular roller coasters, the mine train “Colorado Adventure”, lies in the theme world “Mexico”. Not too far away is the log flume “Chiapas”, which has the world’s highest drop (53°) and obviously also has one of the longest waiting times during summer. The “Talocan” is a common ride you’ll see at most fun fairs, but that doesn’t make it any less exciting.
Here in Mexico you’ll find Tapas, Focaccia and Churros, which makes it the most vegan friendly part of the park.
Vegan in "China Town":
The little China Town features the haunted house “Geister Rikscha” the “Feng Ju Palace”, an Open-Air-Stage and several shops and restaurants.
Our highlight was the Chinese restaurant “Mandschu”, where we found a selection of delicious tofu and vegetable dishes.
Vegan in "Deep in Africa":
The main attraction of Deep in Africa can be seen and heard from far: the Black Mamba. If you’re into fast rollercoasters with loops and corkscrews, then this is for you.
The only food place here is right in front of the Black Mamba, “Baobab Snack”, and offers vegan falafel and fries. Here’s also a Park entrance if you’re staying overnight at the “Hotel Matamba”.
Vegan in "Fantasy":
The theme world “Fantasy” is a great starting point for families with (small) children due to its abundance of kid’s-rides. The latest and definitely most popular ride is the VR-Family-Rollercoaster “Crazy Bats”, which unfortunately we couldn’t try out as it had an incredibly long waiting line (again, on a Saturday in August).
Hotel Restaurants and Bars
We did not spend a night in one of the hotels. However, both Hotels Matamba and Ling Bao have an à la carte restaurant and bars.
The Park-Guide indicates all restaurants and bars of both hotels (except Dragon Bar) with the vegan symbol. We didn’t eat at any of the places, so feel free to let us know of your experience in the comments!
You’re definitely on the safe side ordering in one of the à la carte restaurants. Here the options are clearly marked. Even though the buffet-restaurants are labelled with vegan dishes, it might not be so easy to find out and you probably have to ask your way through the buffet. However, the word veganism is a known one in Phantasialand!
Fantissima - Dinner Show
For the fans of dinner-shows out there, Phantasialand offers you at “Fantissima” a vegan menu, which has to be ordered in advance. Just leave a comment during the booking and you’ll get a plant-based 4 course menu.
Our Summary of Phantasialand
We hope we made things about vegan eats at Phantasialand a bit clearer for you. How you noticed in our lists, you can find plant-based food in every theme world and won’t have to starve. Our highlight was the restaurant Mandschu in China Town. The food was really tasty and not expensive.
While we’re talking about expensive: the entrance fee is typical for an amusement park in Germany. Food seemed to be fair, unlike the beverages (3.20€ for a bottle of water). If you’re spending a whole day in the Park, bring some snacks and at least a bottle of water with you. There are also lockers and before a ride there’s always the option to leave your backpack or purse on the ground.
...last but not least, a few essential tips
We hope our ultimate guide helped you out. As always, thanks for reading and enjoy your stay!