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Efteling Theme Park

A fairytale house at Efteling.A fairytale house at Efteling.

Europe's third largest theme park (and one that's even open on Christmas Day!) is a fantastic fairytale world for all the family. With a storytelling tree, interactive fairytale characters, fast and thrilling rollercoasters and amazing shows, no matter what age you are, you can't fail to be wowed.

Whether you're heading to the Netherlands and looking for a fun family day out or would like a theme park short break, there are great deals available, including online ticket discounts and packages including ferry travel, overnight accommodation at Efteling's hotel or holiday village and theme park entry tickets, all from under £300 for a family of four.

Best for: all ages.

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What to Expect:

  • WiFi
  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Family tickets
  • Great for kids 4-12
  • Great for teens
  • Great for toddlers
  • Open year-round

What to do

Fairytale Forest - home to 29 different fairytale characters including Cinderella and Pinocchio, and ideal for the youngest of visitors, who love to interact with the characters and the storytelling giant tree.

Adrenaline Junkies - thrilling rides and frightening attractions to get the heart racing, including Baron 1898 (freefall rollercoaster diving underground at 90mph), Vogelrok (indoor rollercoaster) and De Vliegende Hollender (rollercoaster with water thrown in!).

Aquanura - Europe's largest water show, telling the fairytale story of Efteling with music, water, fountains and lights.

Ravelijn - live show with stunt horse riders, knights, princesses and a fire-breathing monster. English-narration headsets available. 

New-in-2018 - Caro, a family theatre show full of fun, music and acrobatics; perfect for the whole family.

Where to stay

With a choice of places to stay within the Efteling grounds, you will never be far from the action. Choose between the Efteling Village Bosrijk with its collection of holiday homes and apartments on a lakeside close to the theme park, or the four-star fairytale-themed Efteling Hotel within walking distance of the park.

Holiday Village Efteling Loonsche Land - stay in the hotel or in a themed room with views of the treetops, water views or with views of the dunes.


Efteling is open every day of the year (even Christmas Day!), generally from 10am through to 8pm, although times vary depending on the time of year. Check the website for exact details.


Located approximately halfway between Rotterdam and Eindhoven, and just an hour and 15 minutes from Amsterdam, Efteling is easily accessible by ferry, plane or train.

There are various deals available for short breaks via ferry from the UK with DFDS, including travel, overnight accommodation and park entrance tickets. Packages are also available with BA Holidays and Superbreak in association with P&O.


Whether you want a snack on the go or a sit-down meal, Efteling has it all. Choose from pasta and pizza, Oriental cuisine, sandwiches and pancakes in an array of themed settings. Check out the good-value entry ticket options that include meals, snacks and drinks.


Ticket prices start at €34.50pp when you book online. Package options are available, such as tickets that include lunch, snacks and 30 minutes early entry to the park, and tickets that also include dinner and free parking. You can pay on the day, but savings are to be had when you book online in advance. Children under the age of four visit free of charge.

Check out the packages that include an overnight stay and tickets to the park; there are some great deals from as little as £300 per family of four. Packages are also available that include transport from the UK.

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