Discovering the Efteling Theme Park

Are you looking for a theme park that caters to both children and adults with its wide array of amusement rides, enchanting attractions and spectacular parkshows? Certainly, Efteling Theme Park is the place to be.

Efteling themed park is located in Kaatsheuvel in the Netherlands. As a matter of fact, it’s the largest theme park in the Netherlands and one of the oldest theme parks in the world.

This unique park is one of the most visited theme parks in Europe.

Highhlights Throughout the Year

Efteling is opened all the days of the year. For that reason, the travelers can discover the charm of each season of the year (summer, autumn, winter and springs) in this amusement park.

During the winter months, you can skate in the indoor ice rink IJspaleis which is only opened from the mid November till the end of January. You can also enjoy the cross country skiing and winter entertainment.

In the summer, the opening hours are extended. Indeed, you will enjoy the long summer days at the Efteling. This is because there are plenty of opportunities to cool down in the fun water attractions and spectacular entertainment. More so, picnic is something you can chhose or find a terrace to sit on and enjoy the sunshine in the park!

Last but not least, during the spring and autumn, there are also plethora of attractions and entertainment to discover and to enjoy for the people of all walks of life.

Efteling Theme Park’s Experiences

This amusement park is divided into five themed areas:

  • Reizenrijk (Travel themed area)
  • Marerijk (Fairy themed area)
  • Ruigrijk (Adventure themed area)
  • Fantasierijk (Fantasy themed area)
  • Anderrijk (Others themed area)

A Note To Remember

Some of the rides can have a very long queue, so make sure that you download the app on your phone, as it will show you the estimated waiting times for all the rides/attractions.

1. Reizenrijk (Travel Themed Area)

A boat ride at the Efteling

Reizenrijk has the Carnaval Festival ride that travels around the world in a span of 8 to 10 minutes. It’s quite an interesting journey that is suitable for the whole family.

In this area there is also a Gondoletta. This is a water ride in the amusement park Efteling. The ride shows the park’s spectacular landscaping, passing through the channel and the pond which harbours a large population of basses fish, pike perches and the common carp fish.

The Gondoletta

Also, planted on the banks are different species of pines, conifers, and deciduous trees and ferns. Some different species of water birds too can be seen, most noticeably the swans, ducks, egyptian geese, just to mention but a few.

Reizenrijk (Travel Themed Area)

Lastly, I can’t forget to mention the Pagode which is again in this travel themed area. This is a Thai temple that has a beautiful panoramic views of the park and the Dutch landscape.

Thai temple at the beckground

2. Marerijk (Fairy Themed Area)

Marerijk is the home of the fairy tales and more rides and attractions. Here, you will find:

  • The Faretale Forest
  • Sprookjeboom Show
  • Droomvlucht – This a dark ride through a dream world
  • Raveleijn Park Show – A live show featuring stunt horse riders
  • Stroomtrein – A train journey though Efteling on a real steam train

Mostly this fairy themed area is very entertaining and the children will enjoy all the attractions.

3. Ruigrijk (Adventure themed area)

This consists thrill rides like: Baron 1898 (dive coaster), Joris en de Draak (a double track wooden racer roller coaster), Halve Maen (a swinging ship) and the
Python ( a steel roller coaster).

Apparently, the Python looks more like a real python. And if you visit it in the afternoon, your ride will be a little bit faster. This doesn’t have as much theming as the other rides in the area, however it remains the most popular amongst the dare devils.

4. Fantasierijk (Fantasy themed area)

Fantasierijk is one of the five themed areas of the Efteling Park. The fantasy themed area covers the area around the main entrance and the center of the Efteling.

The theater

The most important attractions in this area are the Symbolica and Aquanura (a sensational water show)


5. Anderrijk (Others themed area)

The name Anderrijk is based on the fact that this area of the park does not have a clear theme. Thematically, the attractions here have little to do with each other, but they are all different from other experiences. The following can be found in this area:

  • PandaDroom – A 3D Movie
  • Spookslot – A ghosthouse
  • Pirana – Rapid river
  • Bob – Bobsleighride
  • Fata Morgana – A dark ride

Some Tips

  • Efteling has one of the greatest selections of theme park food
  • With the huge variety of attractions, shows, food and other experiences available at Efteling, I would definitely recommend that you plan to spend more than one day at the park
  • Efteling has two hotels and a holiday village which provide the perfect place to stay during your visit
  • This amusement park has something to offer for everyone from well designed family attractions to some very thrilling, adrenaline high roller coasters
  • Efteling is also one of the well maintained parks

Travel Quote

“Every man can transform the world from one of monotony and drabness to one of excitement and adventure.” -Irving Wallace


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