Hello Going Expat people,

Today we talk about an amusement park, the Efteling! I need to correct myself, in fact, the Efteling is not just an amusement park, it is the amusement park that for over 60 years has been entertaining young and old.

If you follow me on Instagram or other social media, you’ve probably seen some videos about it in the last few weeks. In fact, Martijn and I decided to become children again.

You may wonder why an article about an amusement park is in the traditions section of the blog. The answer is simple: there is no Dutch who has no memories of Efteling and who does not like to return.

A bit of history

Efteling was created in the 1930s as a sports park, only in the late 1970s did the idea of a real amusement park come to life.

The first installations, which we still find today, that made the park famous are Holle Bolle Gijs IMG_9464  – (1959) and his family perpetually hungry for paper (passing in front of the statues-container you hear a voice repeat papier hier that means “paper here”) and the Fairytale Forest (1978) where you can meet all the inhabitants of Efteling and the characters of the most traditional fairy tales.



Today we also find an area dedicated to roller coasters, rides of all kinds, theatres, traveling shows, many restaurants and bars and souvenir shops.

At Efteling you can also sleep

Who wouldn’t want to sleep in a fairy world? Right next to the park there is a huge themed hotel, each room, even the cheapest, has a magical setting. The cost of the stay always includes breakfast, parking and entrance to the park, for the same day and the next, half an hour before opening to daily visitors.


How much is the ticket to Efteling?

The cost can vary depending on the season. However it is always between €38 and €51 for everyone from 4 years.

Children up to 3 years old do not pay, and you will be asked for a document to ascertain their age.

Parking costs €12.50 per day.

One beautiful thing that I have not seen in other parks is that people with physical disabilities have the opportunity to participate in all the attractions with dedicated lines.

How to get there?

If you do not have a car, you can reach Efteling by public transport.

From Rotterdam, The Hague, Dordrecht, Vlissingen, Roosendaal and Breda you will have to take the train to Tilburg and then a bus between the lines 300, 301, 136 and 801.

From Amsterdam there is a direct connection to the Hop On Hop Off Holland bus. The ticket includes the entrance to the park.

From Schiphol, Utrecht, Zwolle, Nijmegen, Almere airport you will need to take the train to Den Bosch (’s-Hertogenbosch) and then bus 300, 301, 136 and 800

From Venlo and Maastricht you can take the train to Den Bosch (’s-Hertogenbosch) or to Tilburg and then the same bus lines.

What do you think? Are you going to get your ticket already?