Efteling

Efteling

Efteling is the biggest amusement park in the Netherlands and one of the oldest in the world. It is a magical place where both adults and kids can have fun!

Efteling opened in 1952 making it one of the oldest theme parks in the world. There are plenty of new attractions, but the overall theme is quite dark and nostalgic. The park owes this atmosphere to Anton Pieck, who designed the original illustrations for the Fairytale Forest

The House of the Five Senses is the main entrance of Efteling. It is the largest reed roof in the world!

There are several rides for young kids as well as for adults. There are also dark rides (indoor rides), which can be quite useful if the weather is not cooperating

A few of the rides for younger kids include carousels, a monorail, a pagode with panoramic view, an indoor steam carousel, a steam train, a speelbos (play forest), the Raveleijn show, Halve Maen the swinging ship (this is much more scary than what it looks like!)

Carousels

Monorail

Pagode with panoramic view

Indoor steam carousel

Steam train

Play forest Nest

Raveleijn, park show

Halve Maen, the swinging ship

Some rides have more pronounced the dark ambiance of the park, like Fata Morgana, Dream Flight, Symbolica, Villa Volta

Darkride Fata Morgana by night

Dream flight, another dark ride

Symbolica, a dark ride

Villa Volta, the first modern Madhouse in the world

There are also rides for adults only, like Python, the Flying Dutchman, Vogel Rok

Python, double loop rollercoaster

The Flying Dutchman, a water rollercoaster

Vogel Rok is another dark ride, an indoor rollercoaster

There is also a playground for little ones (no reason to waste time there!)

There are several nostalgic pieces around the park, like Hollow Bulging Gijs, a paper gobbler designed by Anton Pieck

Also this charming music player

The app is an interactive map where you can check out live the waiting time for each attraction. You can download the app here (iOS and Android):
https://www.efteling.com/en/efteling-apps

You can see the map of Efteling here:
https://www.efteling.com/en/park/map

There are many restaurants and canteens around the park, mostly reasonably priced. Restaurants also follow the magical theme of the park, eg one of them is a cave!

Even souvenir shops have a certain ambiance in Efteling

Efteling also offers two hotels and two holiday villages, where you can stay for the night. Entrance for two days is also included in the price. You can find more details here:
https://www.efteling.com/en/overnight-stays

Practical stuff:
*Try to avoid the weekend and holidays, as it can get crowded
*You cannot see everything in one day, so choose wisely! Use the app as well (mentioned above) to make the most of it
*Cost: for 4+ years old EUR 38-45 (exact price depends on the day), kids 0-3 free entrance
*You can buy your tickets here:
https://www.efteling.com/en/park/information/ticket-overview
*There are also annual passes for EUR 199. See more details here: https://www.efteling.com/en/park/annual-pass
*Parking is EUR 12.50 (buy online parking ticket to avoid queues)
*Covid Safe Ticket (CST) is only required for indoors at restaurants
*For wheelchair users some of the attractions are accessible (check out the overview linked here): https://www.efteling.com/en/park/information/disabled-visitors/discover-the-park You can also borrow a wheelchair or rent a mobility scooter. There is a ticket discount as well
*Dogs are not allowed to enter the park. However, there is a free kennel at the entrance! Bring a blanket for your dog. Keep in mind that this does not include food or walking

About 1.5 hour drive from Schuman, Brussels (or about 3 hours by public transport). Efteling is also about 1 hour drive from Amsterdam (or 1 hour 45 minutes by public transport)

Efteling
http://www.efteling.com/en
Europalaan 1, 5171 KW Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands
https://goo.gl/maps/S1C3kYwkX9wroLVs5

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