Efteling: a magical place




The Efteling is famous here in the Netherlands. It started as a ‘Fairytale Forest’ in 1952, and over the years the Efteling grew out into a large-scale theme park with roller-coasters and restaurants, most of them still inspired by fairy tale themes such as Sinbad the Sailor or Fata Morgana. But my favourite part is still the Fairytale Forest, where you can find the Sleeping Beauty sleeping in her castle, the scary dragon watching over his treasure, Snow White in her coffin made of glass, the candy house with Hansel and Gretel, singing mushrooms and much, much more to explore.



Visiting the Efteling is truly a joyful experience for the entire family. As soon as they can walk, little children will love the Fairytale Forest, and bigger kids will not want to skip this part either, although they will probably also want to go for a ride in one of the many other great attractions. A visit to the Efteling may take a day, but we usually spend two days where one day we hang out mostly in the Fairytale Forest and the other we explore the rest of the park. You can stay the night in the Efteling Hotel, where the experience goes on with theme rooms (we once stayed in the ‘Flying Dutchman’ room) and dinners with real fairytale characters — cheesy, maybe, but the kids love it (and so do I).


The Efteling
Europalaan 1
5171 KW Kaatsheuvel | The Netherlands
Phone: 1800 – 0161 (£ 0.12 p/m)

For opening hours visit the website.  It is best to avoid going during school holidays or summer weekends.


Comments (5)

July 22, 2011

I love your guide to Amsterdam! Your blog is fantastic!

April 5, 2012


Is the admission free if you stay at the hotel?

December 9, 2014

Yes it is!

January 28, 2013

Hi Esther,
I’ve been reading your guide to Amsterdam and there seems to be so many great things to do for families. My husband and I are thinking of visiting Amsterdam this summer with our 3 children who are under 9. We live in France and as the drive is only 7 hours we thought Amsterdam would be a great place to holiday. Would you have any tips or advice on where to stay? Ideally we’d like to rent an apartment. Do you know of any good sites which offer rentals? The best places to stay in the city? I appreciate any help you could give. Warm regards!

April 20, 2015

Although we got to see the anne frank house, wish we’d done this rather than wind up in the red light district, with a 6 year old, the morning after a protest. UGH.

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