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Efteling, Kaatsheuvel

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Once a quaint nature park, Efteling has grown to become a large, fantasy theme park. When it opened in 1952 with a playground and fairytale forest, no one could have predicted that it would evolve to be twice the size of the original Disneyland. While the park remains true to its origins by incorporating elements of fairy tales and folklore into its attractions and entertainment, it now has a total of 36 rides, including four water slides. Take your family on a trip through mythical worlds, enjoy the park's renowned greenery and gardens, and share in the excitement of roller coasters and thrill rides. Take a look at our Kaatsheuvel family vacation planner to schedule your visit to Efteling and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Once again, a brilliant day out at one of the best Theme parks in Europe. Symbolica was wonderful and a credit to the designers, and taking advantage of the longer opening hours we were there for near...  more »
  • I visited in August 2016 with my kids who were 3 and 7 years old at the time. They absolutely loved it. Weather was really pleasant. It is a fairytale theme park with out over commercialization. Getti...  more »
  • The amusement park Efteling in the Netherlands is not similar to anything. This is the magical world of fairy tales into which all turn into children. The Park is located near the city of Tilburg and occupies a large and green territory. In the image and likeness of other parks Efteling, divided into different themed zones which subjects, and are designed for different age groups, and if the kids zone and slightly older children is suitable for all visitors, the area roller coaster is designed for an older category. The Park is very much a variety of rides, but some of them look slightly outdated, although it may be the specificity of the Park. A little disappointed new attraction called Symbolica, opened in 2017. On the basis of the advertising and the queue at the entrance were expecting incredible show/attraction, and it turned out the colorfully, but skuchnenko and provincialnenko. Inside the park there are many restaurants and cafés where you can grab a bite to eat or just relax. Like most such places in the Netherlands, the description of places and voice show mostly performed in Dutch, but in principle this is not hampered by English-speaking visitors. Very pleased almost no queues in spite of the fact that it was during the summer vacation. On visiting the Park should be found a day, which would be more than enough to visit all the attractions (from my point of view 2 days here doing nothing). Otherwise everything is excellent. We, despite periodic rain very well and have fun. Tickets can be purchased on the web site of the Park, and when buying online, you have the opportunity to save a little.
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  • It's a very well designed amusement park. It feels like you come across entertaining stuff while you are walking in a forest. There are things that can be entertaining for everyone, even for the very young ones. But I think toddlers can truly enjoy the place only after their third birthday. Before that age it's pretty much not worth the price (children younger than 4 don't need a ticket, but their parents do).
  • How can I not give this 5/5? The Efteling is a one-of-its-kind amusement park with a unique style. The atmosphere is fantastic and the attractions are wonderful. The park is big enough to go to for a couple of days, and the drinks/food is of high enough quality. A tip: to avoid waiting lines, download the Efteling app. There you can plan your best route. Very recommendable. 5/5
  • Better than Disneyland. Great show with horses, riders, dragons,... The waiting time for attractions is moderated. In the most popular at the end of the afternoon you only wait 10 minutes. Activities for all ages.
  • Lovely big theme park with wonderful fairytale area as well as the usual rides. Go midweek out of Dutch school holidays and avoid the crowds. Good choice of well priced eateries on site. Great show too, in Dutch with headsets available for other languages.
  • Nice place for 1day plan. The fountain show is soul of everything. All rides are superb, may that be roller coaster or fairytale rides. But if you go on weekends you will get lot of waiting at each ride, so preferably go on weekdays.

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