Franz Mack was born on March 7, 1921 and took over his father's factory in Waldkirch with his brothers after the war. "The world is my playground" served as the family motto and is representative of his efforts towards international expansion. Franz Mack, who was inducted into the "Hall of Fame" of IAAPA in 2005, has numerous inventions and innovations to his name. Before his death in 2010 he was able to see his sons and grandchildren take over his park. Europa-Park is now under the operation and direction of the 7th and 8th generation of Macks.
The inventor, carousel specialist with master craftsman's diploma and recipient of the "Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany - Cross of Merit, First class"was a restless visionary. The idea to create Europa-Park as exhibition grounds for the rides was courageous and pioneering in the 1970s.
Franz Mack was a local entrepreneur through and through; modest, honest, hard-working, with high standards for himself and others. Those characteristics have formed the values of the family business and are the operating basics for his children and grandchildren.
Together with his sons he was the driving force behind Europa-Park. Their visions and engineering laid the foundations for this family attraction to become an international leisure resort. It was the biggest joy for him to see his sons and grandchildren to continue and develop his lifework further.