When fairy tales are told in the Netherlands, it would be impossible not to mention Efteling Netherlands.
Efteling is a fantasy-themed amusement park and recreation complex in Kaatsheuvel, a village in the Dutch province of North Brabant. The attractions in the park are based on elements from ancient myths and legends, fairy tales, fables and folklore. Officially opened in May 1952, Efteling has evolved from a nature park with a playground and a fairy tale forest into a full-sized theme park that now caters to both children and adults with its cultural, romantic, and nostalgic themes, in addition to its wide array of amusement rides.
In addition to the amusement park, the Efteling World can boast of;
- A theatre (Efteling Theater),
- Two hotels (Efteling Hotel and Efteling Loonsche Land),
- Two-holiday parks (Efteling Bosrijk and Efteling Loonsche Land) and
- A golf park (Golfclub Efteling).
Efteling is one of the oldest fantasy-themed amusement parks in the world. It was officially opened on 31 May 1952 and has grown from a sports and hiking park into one of the biggest amusement parks in Europe. The plans to build a sports park were created in 1933 the Dutch artist, Anton Pieck helped create the theme park and giving it the romantic feel that sets the Efteling theme park apart from other theme parks. Over the years more attractions have been launched and the park even boasts of an Efteling Hotel and an Efteling Golf Park. One of the reasons why people love this park is that it never stops improving and coming up with new and exciting rides. The newest family attraction is Symbolica, which is a Palace of Fantasy. It’s an enchanting palace where nothing is what it seems. So buy your tickets and take dive into the world of Efteling to find out what this amusement park is all about.
Efteling sells several tickets, click here to see what fits the best for your needs. For instance, with or without transport. Or tickets for the low and high season.
Introduction video: Efteling Fantasy-Themed Amusement Park, Netherlands
Efteling Opening Hours
Efteling is open every day of the year! 7 days a week 365 days a year, including national holidays like King’s day, Christmas day and New Year’s day.
|Monday||10:00 – 18:00|
|Tuesday||10:00 – 18:00|
|Wednesday||10:00 – 18:00|
|Thursday||10:00 – 18:00|
|Friday||09:00 – 17:00|
|Saturday||10:00 – 18:00|
|Sunday||10:00 – 18:00|
Efteling Tickets Prices
Efteling tickets differ depending on what the customer wants. The tickets are so-called “open” tickets. Meaning that your ticket hasn’t got a fixed date besides the given period below in the table. During this period you can visit the Efteling on each day you prefer. There are also tickets that offer your transport from Amsterdam to and from the Efteling. All of the tickets are offered via tours and tickets and includes the skip the line. All tickets can be bought right here on our website. Just click on the blue links and order as many as you want.
|Adults – Efteling only – (from 1 March – 30 June and 1 Sept – 31 Jan)||€ 36,-|
|Adults – Efteling only – (from 1 July – 31 August)||€ 38,-|
|Adults – includes bus transfer to and from the Efteling||€ 79,-|
|Children from 0 – 3||Free|
Skip-the-line Efteling Tickets
Buy your tickets here and immediately skip the line. No need printing your tickets, plus there’s instant ticket delivery straight to your e-mail. Ticket includes entrance to the park and access to all rides.
Don’t forget to download the Efteling app before you go. It has a map of the park and best of all: a real-time overview of which rides have the shortest lines. The app is available for download on Google Play and the Play Store.
Address, Contact Information and Route to Efteling
Efteling is located in Kaatsheuvel, in the province of Noth-Brabant and is 1 hour 35 minutes from Amsterdam Central station by train.
From Amsterdam Central Station by train.
The trains to Tilburg leave every 15 minutes and a train ride lasts at least 1 hour and 35 minutes. From Tilburg Central station, you can take an NS bus to Efteling. The Theme park has a bus stop named after it, so that shouldn’t be hard to find.
Note: NS bus tickets can be bought on the bus and they do not include access to the park.
From Amsterdam by car
Maintain in the direction of Utrecht (A2). Follow E25 to ‘s-Hertogenbosch.Take exit Waalwijk (A59), followed by exit Waalwijk/Kaatsheuvel (N261). Follow the signs ‘Efteling’.
From Rotterdam by car
Maintain in the direction of Dordrecht/Breda. Take exit ‘s-Hertogenbosch (A59), followed by exit Waalwijk/Kaatsheuvel. Follow the signs ‘Efteling’.
5171 KW Kaatsheuvel
+31 (0) 41 537 777
Parking At Efteling
Efteling offers sufficient parking spots for cars, coaches and even caravans. A parking spot costs €10,00 a day. Guests of the Efteling Hotel and Holiday Villages Efteling Bosrijk and Efteling Loonsche Land are allowed to park for free in the central car park.
Note: Parking tickets can be bought on the Efteling website and coaches are allowed to park for free.
Drop Off and Pick Up
Drop off and pick up is permitted for coaches in the designated drop off and pick up areas. Stopping at bus stops is not permitted. Are you bringing a wheelchair user to Efteling? Please follow the signs for Efteling Village Bosrijk. There is a dedicated pick and drop off area for wheelchair users next to the bicycle storage. The bicycle storage is to the right of the entrance.
Parking For Lodging Guests
Are you staying at the Efteling Hotel or Holiday Villages Efteling Bosrijk or Efteling Loonsche Land? If so, you can park free of charge in the central car park of your booked accommodation. From Efteling Bosrijk and Efteling Loonsche Land, you can walk or take the Efteling train to the theme park. Hotel guests can walk via a special entrance into the park.
Parking For Theatre Visitors
If you attend a show at the Efteling Theatre, you can park near the main entrance of the park. Parking tickets costs €7.50 for spectators? These special parking tickets are only available at the Efteling Theatre.
Can I bring food and drinks into the park?
It is possible to bring your own drinks and food in the park. However, it is not permitted to consume this food and drinks in the park’s catering locations and terraces.
Are pets allowed in the park?
Pets are not allowed into Efteling, but there is a free kennel for dogs near the main entrance. Your dog will be well looked after but this service does not include food or dog walking services. Visitors are also asked to bring a pillow/blanket or basket with them for their dog.
Can I leave the park temporarily to go fetch something?
During a day at Efteling, it is not possible to leave the park and go back in with the same ticket. Of course, we make an exception if you want to get something from your car, for example. In this case, please inform one of our employees when you exit the park. If you have an annual pass or are staying at the Hotel Efteling, Efteling Village Bosrijk or Efteling Village Loonsche Land, you can enter and leave the park as you wish.
Is Efteling wheelchair friendly?
Yes, the park is wheelchair friendly and we also offer certain services to disabled people. These services include; free wheelchair rental and wheelchair access to attractions.
Do I need to print out my tickets?
Yes, we advise all our customers to print out their tickets. If for some reason, a customer is not able to print out their tickets, we can always scan the tickets from a smartphone or a tablet
Efteling is a fantasy-themed amusement park in Kaatsheuvel in the Netherlands. We are always interested in knowing how your experience was. Did it live up to expectations? Were the staff friendly? Was it as fun as it was advertised to be? Would you recommend it to your friends and family?
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