The Efteling is the largest theme park in Holland and one of the oldest theme parks in the world. Efteling is located in Kaatsheuvel and it has received over 100 million visitors since the opening in 1952. The theme of the Efteling is fantasy. Attractions are based on fairy tales, myths and folklore.
Efteling history: Efteling Nature Park Foundation was founded in 1950 and named after a 16th century farm with the name Ersteling. In 1952 the Efteling opened when the Fairy Tale Forest was declared open. In the forest there were ten different fairy tales and it was an enormous success. Since 1978 the park expanded, got a resort, theatre, golf course and holiday village. The Efteling is one of the most popular theme parks in the world.
Efteling activities: There are four areas around the promenade Efteling Brink, which are Reizenrijk (Travel Realm), Marerijk (Fairy Realm), Ruigrijk (Rough Realm) and Anderrijk (Other Realm). The most famous attractions in the Efteling are the Fairy Tale Forest, Python (rollercoaster), Fata Morgana (boat ride) and The Flying Dutchman (water coaster). Of course there also are famous icons like Langnek and Holle Bolle Gijs. Since 2010 Efteling is open all year around, with a winter theme from November until February. Some rides are closed in winter because of maintenance.
Entrance of Efteling Efteling Fairy Tale Forest De Vliegende Hollander
Efteling admission: The entrance fee for adults and children from the age of 4 is €34,50. With online booking it’s €32,-. Groups for 20 people or more pay €28,- per person. Buy Efteling tickets with discount here. Opening hours of the Efteling are: March 25th till July 7th: 10:00 – 18:00 July 8th till September 1st: 10:00 – 20.00 (Saturdays until 24:00) September 2nd till October 13th: 10:00 – 18:00 October 14th till November 3rd: 11:00 – 19:00 November 4th till November 17th: 11:00 – 18:00 November 17th till February 2nd (winter Efteling): 11:00 – 18:00 (during holidays until 20:00) During winter Efteling there sometimes are corporate events. Those days are very busy and best is to avoid a visit on these days. Check the website for the exact days.
How to get to the Efteling: By car: from Rotterdam first follow A16 towards Breda, then A59 towards ‘s-Hertogenbosch. From Utrecht first A27 towards Breda, then A59 towards ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Take exit 37 (Waalwijk) at A57 and follow the signs ‘Efteling’. Parking costs €10,- a car. Public transport: from ‘s-Hertogenbosch Station take bus 300 to Tilburg. After 40 minutes you reach stop Efteling. From Tilburg Station take bus 136 or 300 to ‘s-Hertogenbosch. After 25 minutes you reach stop Efteling. You can also plan your trip here and read more about using public transport here.
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