Rust – Fun for the Entire Family
Location: A Tiny Resort Nestled in the Rhine Valley
Rust is located in the district of Ortenau in south-western Germany, close to the border of France. It is surrounded by the Vosges Mountains on the west, and by the Black Forest on the east. In 2005, this small town was officially and nationally recognized as a resort. It is home to the Europa theme park, one of the most popular leisure parks in Europe.
Business: The Silver Fish and Golden Ploughshare
Back in the medieval ages, the main livelihood in Rust was fishing and farming. That is why its coat of arms bears the symbols of a silver fish and a golden ploughshare. Today however, the majority of the employment in Rust is related to the Europa Park. The theme park directly employs over 3,000 people. Other businesses that cater to or service the park employ over 8,000.
Culture: Medieval History Combined with Modern Entertainment
A town with a past, Rust is home to historical structures. One of them is Balthasar Castle, a manor house from the 1500s built by one of Germany’s oldest noble families. Right beside the castle is St. Peter in Chains Church, a gothic structure with painted ceilings, built 1731. Finally, down the same street (Ritterstrasse, “Knight Street”), a memorial for an old Jewish synagogue is found.
Activities: Great Adventures at Europa Park
There can be no such thing as a dull moment at Europa Park. The largest theme park in Germany, and in Europe second only to Disneyworld Paris, boasts of 12 rollercoasters and 5 themed hotels. It also has miniature European country themed sections where you can get a taste of Italy, England, Spain, France, Holland, or Scandinavia. Take your children on tours through enchanted forests and castles, or enjoy live music at one of the park’s many restaurants. Europa Park promises a good time for adults and kids alike!