The Netherlands' trademark theme park Efteling is said to have inspired even Disney Imagineers! Efteling is so vast and sprawling that you should really allow for two full days to experience all the rides.
Built into the surrounding forest, it is a peculiar mixture of 17th century castle garden and theme park, making for a proper fairy tale experience. The attractions fit seamlessly within this setting, with one attraction deserving particular praise for its excellence, even reaching Disney standards: 'Flying Dutchman', a mixture of roller coaster, flume ride and ghost train, begins slowly and eerily in a dark, fog-filled harbour before turning into a wild coaster ride. Ingenious!
Apart from that, flume rides, looping coasters, carousels and a standard river rapids ride await you (if you can find them). Efteling might make you feel a bit lost and confused because of the considerable distances between attractions and its long stretches of featureless forest.
Definitely one of the best theme parks in Europe!
Efteling in the woods
Flying Dutchman signature ride
Flying Dutchman queue
Flying Dutchman loading station
Flying Dutchman roller coaster section
Flying Dutchman first drop
Into a black hole
And this is where the Flying Dutchman turns into...
...a water ride!
Looping roller coaster at Efteling
Corkscrew up close
What's inside Villa Volta?
Animatronic in the Villa Volta attraction queue
This was the world's first 'madhouse' ride
Riders will face gravity-defying illusions in here
Efteling's famous crooked observation tower
Bobsled in action
Queue for Efteling's bobsled ride
'Bird Rok' indoor roller coaster
Efteling demonstrates lots of love for detail