Small children's theme park, and home to the world's oldest surviving steel rollercoaster.
|Opened||20 April 1924|
|Season||April to October|
|Nearby||Avonturenpark Hellendoorn (19 miles)|
Attractiepark Slagharen (28 miles)
Movie Park Germany (44 miles)
Toverland (68 miles)
Efteling (85 miles)
De Waarbeek is a small amusement park primarily aimed at children near the Netherlands town of Hengelo.
The park was opened in 1924 as an English landscape garden with rowing boats, tennis and a tearoom.
One of De Waarbeek's first attractions was Rodelbaan, a toboggan run built in the 1930s which is regarded as possibly the oldest known steel rollercoaster in the world. Rodelbaan still operates at the park and is a good reason to visit De Waarbeek by itself.
Alongside Rodelbaan, the park boasts a number of other rides and attractions all set in a beautiful shady lightly wooded grove. Highlights include an increasingly rare Nautic Jet, peddle boats and dodgems, alongside several children's roundabouts.
De Waarbeek may be small and primarily a children's park, but its attractive setting and friendly staff create an atmosphere which encourages visitors to relax and linger. Unknown to many, the park is a hidden gem not least because of Rodelbaan which is still entertaining nearly a century after it was built.
Self operated chair lift over the lake
Full size dodgems
Indoor spin ride
Tilting spin ride
Small ferris wheel
Flying rocket ships
Tracked car ride
Small children's canoe ride
Mini bumper cars
Undercover carousel featuring various animal characters
Pumpkin themed carousel
Crazy golf course
Theatre with daily shows featuring park mascots Twekky, Postbode Pelle and Kabouter Moespot