When planning our trip to Amsterdam we decided to look for something different and cool to do. We already have been to Amsterdam, so we wanted to do something exciting.
We had no idea there was a theme park close to Amsterdam, and we get pretty excited about the idea of going there. We love theme parks, we love to go on the roller coasters and scream our stress all out.
The only thing that we didn’t get so excited about was the distance between Amsterdam center and the park. It’s a 1h15 journey by car, but we didn’t have one, so we had to get public transportation which makes almost two hours of journey, 1 hour by train, and almost 50 minutes by bus. But we decided to do it anyway, and we didn’t regret.
Efteling is a really special place. So far we have been to Disneyland Paris and PortAventura (Barcelona), which we love. But Efteling is completely different from any of these two. While Disneyland is designed for kids, and PortAventura is more suitable for adults (in my opinion, of course), Efteling is for everyone, from the kid to the elderly.
Entering the park is like entering in a mythic world of Elves and magic Fairys, but not the cute ones we often see in animation movies, but like I imagine the real ones would look like. Do you now in Narnia, when the girl goes into the closet and she enters the magic world of Narnia? Well, I guess it’s a similar feeling. You enter the magic world of Efteling.
Everything is so cool and goes so well with everything else, that you feel living in a different reality. They even have little wood handcarts for the children, so you don’t see millions of baby carts everywhere, instead, you see these really cool wood devices that seem to be from the last century.
But let’s get to what it matter. As we visited the park in December, it was a really cold day, but that didn’t stop us from doing anything, except the water rides that were closed for obvious reasons, which made me really sad because these are always my favorite type of rides. But oh well, the park has plenty of other rides for you to enjoy. So, don’t be afraid of going in the winter because it will be as much fun, and with all the bonfires spread across the park you get that extra special feeling of coziness.
In this type of parks, we always go for the big rides first, the most extreme ones and left the others to the end if we have time. In Efteling, we did the same, and we get to ride almost all of the extreme ones, except the Baron 1898, that it was too extreme for me so I decided to pass. I loved all of the rides we went to because there were the perfect amount of craziness for me. There were not too extreme, but they were extreme enough. Do you know what I mean? Well, my favorite was Bob, a really cool attraction where you get into a type of sleigh and you slide through an artificial ice path.
Sadly, we didn’t have much time left after that, so in the family friendly rides department, we just experienced Fata Morgana, a Far East-inspired ride. In this attraction, it was safe to film, then you can watch the vibe of that ride on our Vlog below.
Another thing that we really enjoyed in the park, was the short lines for the rides. The maximum we waited was like 30 minutes.
In the downside, I would say the food, but I think it’s always like that in this kind of parks, and being so focused on the local market. Everything is in Dutch, and most of the things have no translation to English, which made some things more complicated, like choosing your food, when you don’t know what “gepaneerd” means, and you have to guess it by looking at a small image on the wall. This is really a pity, I think the park has such a great potential and can be more open to the foreigners’ visitors. Even in its communication, most of the people we talked, had no idea that this park even existed in Europe.
If you have no car and you’re thinking of going there from Amsterdam center, we advise you to buy this package from Discover Holland that includes the train and bus ride, and the ticket for one day at the park. This is not sponsored at all, but we thought that this was really convenient and made our day much easier. In the ticket, you have all the info about the trains and bus you need to get to the park.
Have you ever been to Efteling? Did you enjoy it? Leave your comments below.
Thank you for dropping by, and if you’d like, watch our video from our visit to the Efteling park: