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The Dutch theme park Efteling is magical and enchanting. Would you like to visit? Find out everything you need to know before you book your tickets!

Efteling: a Dutch theme park loved by all families

Efteling is an enchanting theme park in the Netherlands that attracts visitors of all ages from all over the world.

Since its opening in 1952, it has become one of the most popular theme parks in Europe. Its main theme is fairy tales.

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The scenery is very elaborate in the park.

In keeping with this theme, Efteling manages to offer a wide variety of themed attractions ranging from thrilling roller coasters for thrill-seekers to children’s attractions for younger visitors.

Baron 1898 Efteling
Baron 1898, a mythical attraction in the Efteling Park. | Source: Martijn de Waal/

Of course, in a park like this, the magical decorations are also a real attraction. You can spend hours admiring them!

Highlights of a visit to Efteling

  • Efteling is the largest theme park in the Netherlands, with an area of 72 hectares and over 40 rides and attractions.
  • The park is inspired by European fairy tales and legends and has a unique and magical atmosphere.
  • The park has various themed areas, each with its own charm and style, such as the medieval district, the water kingdom and the fairy tale world.
  • Popular attractions include the Baron 1898, a 37.5-meter-high plunging roller coaster, and Joris en de Draak, another wooden roller coaster.

The disadvantages of visiting the Efteling

  • The cost of tickets is, as is often the case with theme parks, rather high.
  • The high number of visitors during the summer season creates long queues before getting on the attractions.


What can you see when you visit Efteling?

A visit to Efteling Park is a must!

Visitors discover attractions based on classic fairy tales, such as Sleeping Beauty and Little Red Riding Hood.

Based on these fairy tales, the park has created beautiful settings and a wide variety of attractions, some of which are thrilling.

Flying Efteling
Source: Alexandre G. ROSA/

Without mentioning everything, you can have fun on a roller coaster, a jungle boat ride or watching the very popular Raveleijn, a horse show with amazing special effects.

Of course, fairy tales mean children. There are many rides and games available for children.

Don’t forget to explore the beautiful gardens of the Efteling Park. Take a break from your attractions and take a walk. Ideally, do this after lunch for a pleasant digestion.

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The “Flying dutchmen” roller coaster, a strong attraction in the park!

Finally, Efteling regularly organizes seasonal events such as the Magic Christmas Winter Festival.


What is the price of admission to the Efteling?

To enter the park, you must have both your entrance tickets and the reservation.

The price of your entrance ticket depends on the date of your visit. For example, a day in August costs more than a day in March.

The rates are :

  • 48€ for the giant ticket
  • 45€ for the dragon ticket
  • 42€ for the elf ticket
  • 38€ for the fakir ticket
  • 27€ for the moon ticket.

If you come by car, the price of the parking ticket is 12.50€.

Check out the current price on GetyourGuide.

How long does a visit to Efteling last?

While parks like Disneyland Paris are best visited in two days, Efteling can be visited in one day.

The visit lasts between 4 and 7 hours.


Where is Efteling located?

The exact address is Europalaan 1, 5171 KW Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands.

How do I get to Efteling?

The Efteling Park is in Kaatsheuvel in the Netherlands. It is easily accessible by car from neighboring countries.

If you travel by train, you can take a train to Tilburg or ‘s-Hertogenbosch station. There are regular international trains from Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris to Tilburg and ‘s-Hertogenbosch. You can then take a bus to Efteling from these stations.

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To see this pagoda in Efteling, the journey is not complicated.

Shuttle buses are also available in the summer from major Dutch cities such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht, as well as from the airport of Amsterdam-Schiphol.

If you come by car, park in the large paid parking lot at the entrance of the park.


What are the Efteling’s opening hours?

The opening hours depend on the season and the day of the week.

Efteling opens at 10a.m. and closes between 6p.m. and 8p.m.


My opinion on Efteling: is it a good visit?

My visit to Efteling, the famous amusement park located in the heart of the Netherlands, was a great time. This time, I didn’t visit it with Amélie, but with my sister and my two nieces. They are big fans of amusement parks and wanted to discover Efteling after having been charmed by pictures of the park seen on the Internet.

One of the highlights of Efteling is undoubtedly its selection of rides. Whether you’re an adventurer looking for a thrill on ‘De Vliegende Hollander’ or prefer a more leisurely adventure on the ‘Droomvlucht,’ you’ll be satisfied!

The park does a good job of balancing family attractions and thrill rides to meet all expectations. Personally, I found the rides for children or adults who don’t like thrills to be the best. They have the merit of fitting in perfectly with the style and decoration of Efteling.

Efteling is best known for its fantasy world inspired by European fairy tales. The “Sprookjesbos” (Fairytale Forest) is a real gem. With its fairy-tale atmosphere and carefully crafted decorations, it brings to life the stories that have lulled our childhood, from Little Red Riding Hood to Hansel and Gretel. My mother, who always spends more time looking at the sets at Disneyworld than the attractions, would have loved this park!

The cleanliness of the park and its organization were impeccable, even though it was a weekend with many visitors.

Efteling is more than just an amusement park, it’s a journey into a fairytale world, a gentle and joyful return to childhood. Whether you’re with your family, friends or partner, a visit to Efteling is an unforgettable adventure. Highly recommended!


What else can I do near Efteling?

If you are staying in this part of the Netherlands for several days, here are some activities you can do near Efteling:

  • The National Shoe Museum in Waalwijk: The museum has a huge collection of shoes dating back to antiquity.
  • The National Nature Park of Loonse and Drunense Duinen: A vast nature park with sand dunes, forests and moors, ideal for walking and cycling.
  • The historic town of Heusden: A well-preserved medieval walled city with ramparts, gates and towers, and charming cobblestone streets.
  • Other parks: Beekse Bergen park, located approximately 20 km from Efteling, or Bobbejaanland park in Belgium, located approximately 50 km from Efteling.


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