Efteling is the Netherland’s biggest amusement park and offers a fantasy-themed world full of wonderful stories and exciting adventure. The different sections of the park, called realms, are all based on ancient myths, fairy tales and legends and maybe fittingly, Efteling is one of the world’s oldest theme parks. It was built in 1952 and ever since, the designers of the park have made sure to make their creations come to life in a believable fashion. Quality standards are high and cheap building materials, such as plastic or concrete, are avoided. Surrounded by lots of greenery and gardens, the resulting rides, building and creatures are both romantic and grim at the same time and form a stark contrast to other well-known theme parks.
One of the highlights is the wooden ride Joris en de Draak (George and the Dragon), where visitors follow in the footsteps of legendary dragon slayer George and compete with a parallel moving roller coaster for the fastest time. Other rides focused on speed are The Flying Dutchman, Python and Bird Rok. Inside the magical city of Raveleijn, five siblings battle a wicked ruler and his monster in a dizzying performance, on the dream flight visitors can learn about trolls, elves and fauns and then there is the fairytale tree, who tells old fairy tales to children and adults sitting in front of it. At Efteling, the world of fairy tales comes alive with incredible attention to detail and if you don’t want the magical dream to end too soon, the Efteling Hotel with its themed rooms offers accommodations for the night.
Efteling is located in Kaatsheuvel and is accessible from Den Bosch, Tilburg, Antwerp and Breda by bus and train. Efteling has varying opening hours throughout the year, but usually the park opens between 10am and 11am and closes between 6pm and 8pm. During July and August, Efteling is open until midnight every Saturday.