Dis­ney­land Paris isn’t the only fam­i­ly-friend­ly theme park option. An equal­ly charm­ing alter­na­tive is the fairy tale world of Eftel­ing in Kats­göfel, the Nether­lands. For many, a trip to a theme park can be an over­whelm­ing expe­ri­ence. First­ly, it is often extreme­ly dif­fi­cult to sim­ply get there, then find park­ing and a place to sleep, and also take care of buy­ing tick­ets. But Eftel­ing offers a com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent expe­ri­ence…

efteling park

Entry relat­ed to place: Nether­lands

Most parks use mar­ket­ing ploys to get kids to beg their par­ents for over­priced toys, and the only food option is expen­sive themed junk food that you would­n’t eat at home. While the rides can be excit­ing, the over­all expe­ri­ence can be neg­a­tive. For­tu­nate­ly, Eftel­ing takes a very dif­fer­ent approach. The­mat­ic offers some­thing authen­tic and unique, based on tra­di­tion­al fairy tales and nar­ra­tives, but not com­mer­cial­ized.

trip to efteling
Eftel­ing is the largest theme park in the Nether­lands, spread over 180 acres and divid­ed into four theme areas. This is one of the cozi­est fam­i­ly theme parks with very sooth­ing Mozart sound­tracks. So, here are sev­en rea­sons why Eftel­ing should be on your fam­i­ly list.

1. The park is easy to get to

There are many easy ways to get to Eftel­ing, which is about 90 min­utes from Ams­ter­dam. The Nether­lands is a small coun­try, so you can quick­ly get to the park from almost any­where in it. Flights are avail­able to Ams­ter­dam from any cap­i­tal of the world, wher­ev­er you are. Eind­hoven Air­port is even clos­er, where many low-cost air­lines fly.

tours to efteling

2. Efteling is very beautiful

Opened in 1952, the park is locat­ed in the for­est, has its own orig­i­nal char­ac­ter and nat­ur­al sur­round­ings. While walk­ing along the for­est paths, you will meet Hansel and Gre­tel, Pinoc­chio, Lit­tle Red Rid­ing Hood, talk­ing trees and charm­ing scenes from fairy tales wher­ev­er you go. No mat­ter how sur­re­al some of the rides are, every­thing is designed to match the envi­ron­ment. You can admire the beau­ty of the Eftel­ing by rid­ing an old steam loco­mo­tive around the park, or by climb­ing up to a height of 50 meters on a spe­cial pavil­ion that offers incred­i­ble panoram­ic views.

See also
Top 10 places to visit in South Africa

theme park in the netherlands

3. There is something for kids of all ages

Adult rides are also avail­able, while young chil­dren will be delight­ed with dozens of qui­eter and more old-fash­ioned attrac­tions based on the fairy tales of Hans Chris­t­ian Ander­son. Thrill seek­ers and adren­a­line junkies will also find some­thing inter­est­ing here.

4. Fewer lines

Down­load the fan­tas­tic Eftel­ing app on iOS or Android using free wi-fi and you can fol­low the queue in real time, plan­ning your vis­it to this or that attrac­tion in advance. If you stay at one of the Eftel­ing hotels, you may be able to access ear­li­er than the nor­mal open­ing times. In addi­tion, when book­ing a hotel, entrance to the park is includ­ed in the price.

queues at the efteling

5. Great food

In many theme parks, the only choice of food is fast food with french fries. How­ev­er, the Eftel­ing park has many excel­lent top-class restau­rants. From fab­u­lous Dutch pan­cakes to waf­fles with straw­ber­ries and cream, to Thai cur­ries. There real­ly is some­thing for every­one here at a very rea­son­able price.

Efteling park overview

6. Hotels in Efteling

Eftel­ing offers sev­er­al dif­fer­ent types of accom­mo­da­tion. You can stay in an ele­gant fam­i­ly room with bunk beds for chil­dren at the new­ly opened Loon­sche Land Hotel, a 15-minute walk from the park. Also avail­able are new cot­tages with an indoor pool in the elite vil­lage of Bosriyk.

7. Travel to Amsterdam

The Eftel­ing theme park is great for a cou­ple of nights. It offers the best of both worlds — lots of thrilling rides and a spir­it of mag­ic wrapped in an authen­tic old fash­ioned groove. Trav­el becomes even bet­ter when you com­bine it with a trip to Ams­ter­dam. The cap­i­tal of the Nether­lands is only a cou­ple of hours away by car or train. Be sure to book a boat tour to explore the canals of Ams­ter­dam and vis­it the Kat­tenk­abi­net, a cat-themed art gallery with a few fur­ry friends roam­ing around. The park is also suit­able if you are look­ing for a suit­able option for trav­el­ing around Ams­ter­dam.

See also
The Unusual Columns of Crowley Lake