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Efteling

Kaatsheuvel, North Brabant, Netherlands

Efteling is the place where fairytales and stories come to life amid beautiful landscaping and magical attractions, with the immersive Fairy Tale Forest designed by Anton Pieck being the jewel in the crown.

Opened1952
SeasonAll Year
OwnerEfteling Nature Park Foundation
Websitewww.efteling.com
Nearby Toverland (55 miles)
Walibi Belgium (95 miles)
Movie Park Germany (111 miles)
The House of the Five Senses: Efteling's imposing main entrance

The House of the Five Senses: Efteling's imposing main entrance

Speak to almost anyone from the Netherlands and they will have heard of Efteling. In fact, most of them will have been. The average Dutchman visits the park 5.2 times during his life, which is an astounding statistic. It is the largest theme park in the Netherlands and, along with Disneyland Paris and Europa Park, is among the most visited parks in Europe.

Efteling's essence is found in fairytales and storytelling, and these are what the park excels at. At the centre of Efteling is Sprookjesbos - the Fairytale Forest - a 15 acre area devoted to retelling famous fairy stories. These are depicted using a variety of animated models, buildings and other technologies. Some are extremely technically advanced, all are ingeneous. In fact, it is easy to spend half a day becoming fully immersed, exploring inside the various houses inhabited by the likes of Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Cinderella and many others.

The House of the Five Senses: Efteling's imposing main entrance

Baron 1898 as seen from the Gondoletta boat ride

Outside the Fairytale Forest, Efteling's storytelling heritage continues throughout its collection of superbly designed world class theme park rides and attractions. Each ride comes with a theme and a rich story, which throws visitors into the heart of a new adventure with each attraction they experience.

Highlights include De Vliegende Hollander, a water ride/rollercoaster that tells of the legendary Flying Dutchman; Joris en de Draak, one of the world's best racing wooden coasters that pits fire against water as George fights the Dragon; Droomvlucht (Dreamflight), a dark ride set in a dream land populated by fairies and trolls; and Raveleijn, a spectacular big budget live show featuring warriors, an evil tyrant, crows, horses and a giant mechanical fire-breathing monster.

Efteling is one of the most incredible theme parks in the world. With a darker, more traditional European take on fairytales and storytelling, it lacks the sugar-coated tweeness of Disney, though its popularity proves that Dutch children at least can handle a less happily-ever-after approach to their fairy stories. The park's richly themed rides are outstanding, as is its approach to general park operations, which can rarely be faulted. Where theme parks are concerned, very few can beat Efteling.

Attractions

Joris en de Draak

Joris en de Draak

Superb George and the Dragon themed racing wooden rollercoaster

De Vliegende Hollander

De Vliegende Hollander

Part dark ride, part water ride, part rollercoaster retelling the myth of The Flying Dutchman

Sprookjesbos

Sprookjesbos

Expansive fairytale forest area featuring many well-known stories cleverly brought to life

Villa Volta

Villa Volta

A house that literally turns itself upside down

Baron 1898

Baron 1898

Dive down into the depths of a mine shaft to escape the legendary White Witches onboard this B&M Dive coaster

Droomvlucht

Droomvlucht

Dreamflight, one of the most imaginative and beautifully themed dark rides in Europe, takes riders on a trip through their dreams into a world of fairies

Fata Morgana

Fata Morgana

Boat ride through a lost city, based on the story of 1001 Arabian Nights

Vogel Rok

Vogel Rok

Indoor rollercoaster telling the story of Bird Rock

Python

Python

Very comfortable version of a Vekoma Corkscrew rollercoaster

Bobbaan

Bobbaan

Come and race down the Bobsled track on this snowy rollercoaster

Carnaval Festival

Carnaval Festival

Crazy indoor dark ride past scenes from around the world, all presented by a clown called Jokie

Spookslot

Spookslot

Experience the famous Danse Macabre come to life inside Efteling's haunted castle

Piraña

Piraña

Journey down a wild swirling stream on this river rapids ride

Halve Maen

Halve Maen

Dare you board the Half Moon for a swinging sailing ship ride on the high seas?

Monsieur Cannibale

Monsieur Cannibale

Cook up a feast with Monsieur Cannibale as you spin around in his giant oversized pots and pans

Pandadroom

Pandadroom

An overly worthy 4D film about the importance of caring for the world's wildlife

Volk van Laaf

Volk van Laaf

Explore the houses of the People of Laaf, either on foot or by overhead monorail

Pagode

Pagode

Fly high up into the sky for a bird's eye view of Efteling on the flying island

Gondoletta

Gondoletta

Long sedate boat trip along Efteling's quiet and peaceful lake

Stoomtrein

Stoomtrein

Steam trains take visitors around the park

Stoomcarrousel

Stoomcarrousel

The best of Efteling's several carousels

De Oude Tuffer

De Oude Tuffer

Drive your own old Ford car

Kinderspoor

Kinderspoor

Children's railway

Diorama

Diorama

Detailed indoor model village exhibit

Raveleijn

Raveleijn

Spectacular live show telling the story of Ravelin

Aquanura

Aquanura

Huge water show featuring fountains which dance to some of Efteling's most famous music

Videos

ECC Dutch Winter Warmer 2012 Day 2: Winter Efteling