Efteling theme park

Annabelle's verdict
Planning a family break to a theme park, but feel Disney's been done and Florida's too far? The good news is that there is another option; Efteling in Holland, which celebrated its 65th birthday in 2017. The third largest park in Europe, it's also accessible, affordable and pleasingly quirky - from talking trees to white-knuckle rollercoasters and gentler rides for young ones.

Recommended short break: Efteling

Efteling says

Did you know that Efteling, in Holland, is Europe’s third largest theme park? We didn’t think so.

Our park, open 365 days a year, is easy to get to whether you’re travelling by plane, ferry or on the Eurostar.

From toddlers to young teens, Efteling has a range of rides and attractions, all themed around fairytales, dragons, ghosts, elves and trolls, and set in beautiful natural parkland.

We have the world’s only talking tree. The Fairytale Tree lives in the middle of the Fairytale Forest – it’s a 13m-high tree whose branches and leaves flutter whilst it tells fairy stories to enthralled children.

Other attractions include adrenalin-pumping roller coasters, water rides, a monorail, play areas, carousels and a steam train.

There’s live entertainment throughout the day. Aquanura, for example, is Europe’s largest water show, with a daily performance featuring fountains, fire and lights set to a rousing musical backdrop.

To mark our 65th birthday, the brand new Symbolica: Palace of Fantasy attraction opened in 2017. Enjoy an audience with the King, be entertained by the court jester and travel through the palace’s secret corridors and royal rooms in a unique Fantasy-craft.

On site, you will find the Efteling Hotel and Bosrijk Village which offer a self catering option, and group accommodation for 12-24 guests, ideal for multi-generational family breaks. The exciting Loonsche Land Hotel & Village has a ‘back to nature’ feel – stay in a choice of tree houses, lakefront cabins, thatched woodland houses and cabins set in sand dunes.

You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the cost too. A family of four can stay at the Efteling Hotel (sharing a family room) with breakfast and two-day park entry from around £300.

There’s a wide range of restaurants and cafes from traditional Dutch pancakes to Thai cuisine – all reasonably priced with enticing children’s menus.

Efteling Theme Park Resort is a great alternative to other European and UK theme parks – and it’s just 30 minutes from Eindhoven, 45 minutes from Rotterdam and 75 minutes from Amsterdam.

Find out more about short breaks at Efteling.

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