A family get-away at the Efteling

Last weekend we celebrated my father-in-laws birthday with a big family get-away to the Efteling. That's the worlds oldest theme amusement park in the south of the Netherlands, famous for its fairy-tale nostalgic themes, little child-friendliness and its excellent quality.

For 2 days we (being 8 adults, 2 hyperactive enthusiastic 5-year olds and a 2 year old) listened to fairy tales, rode little trains, mono-rails, boats, ate ice-creams, watched imaginative decors and looked for speed , loopings and screams as well. It was great & fabulous and very tiring. Much to my surprise the 2 days weren't too much of the same at all. It was my very first visit to the park (yes I know ! shame on me) and it was much better than I expected.

Staying in the Efteling hotel was a fun treat as well, especially with little kids. They are so well equipped to those little guests right from the start with a little staircase at the front desk leading to the "princess check-in spot" (with candy on the counter in front of it), to princesses or female gnomes coming for a nice chat at the table and bed-stories read in the entrance hall after dinner by those same princesses, to the bathroom equipment clearly designed for little guests as well and drawing pencils in the room and fairy tale paintings at a lower level.

The entrance to the fairy-tale forest where the park opened with in 1952...

The famous long-neck

The fairy-tale tree telling tales and the king of the trolls grumbling much less clearly in his own tree throne

Dancing elves of all sizes

Who would have known harpsichord music made by the gnomes in their mushrooms are such a dance hit

A snail mono-rail

Old fashioned caroussels never get out of fashion


Rotating pots at Mr Cannibale ....it doesn't always need to be sophisticated tea-cups, right?

While some were having fun in the cars....

we seeked some more adrenaline on the pirate boat , the python etc...


zusjesenzo said…
Die boot! Man, daar heb ik schrik in gehad een paar jaar geleden!
Lilacspecs said…
Looks like fun!

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