Culture, Europe

They’re having a laaf in the Netherlands

It’s the best theme park you didn’t know you knew about… they’re having a laaf in the Netherlands.

Efteling is the happiest place on Dutch Earth particularly this year, its 70th birthday.

How do I know? Well, my laaf pals, Robert, Lillian, Fiachra and Morne told me.

My fun four have been with us since Wicklow days.

When we took them in from their previous home in the National Garden Exhibition Centre in Kilquade.

Let’s laaf together

Laafiest place on Earth: Efteling

The laafs are the naughty kids in the garden ornaments’ class with their menacing, mirthful faces.

The other best place in the world to see them rather than our back garden is Efteling.

Dive in: To Efteling

And that’s an hour 45 minutes from amazing Amsterdam.

And just over an hour by train (they work there and are cheap) from Rotterdam or Eindhoven.

Return Eurostar tickets from London St Pancras International to Amsterdam Centraal  are for £277pp (based on departing 12-14 July).

Fairytale forest

Cinderella bella: In Efteling

At the heart of the park is the Fairytale Park inspired by Hans Christian Andersen, the Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault.

Where you’ll meet Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Pinnochio.

And for the rollercoaster junkie in you, and I have itchy feet having missed out on this year’s IPW American Travel Fair in Orlando…

There is the dive-coaster Baron 1898 which plunges 37.5m into a mineshaft.

The grass is greener

My green-fingered gal will lap up Efteling’s beautiful gardens.

Even more so as they can be seen via steam train or boat.

While there’s something special this year, Alice in Wonderland, for Daddy’s Little Girl (OK, she’s 23).

Where she will get to play an active role in the mad birthday tea party, hosted by the Mad Hatter and March Hare.

The temporary fairytale will be open until October.

Deal us in

Bloomin’ wonderful: Lilian in the garden

A two-night stay for a family of four at Efteling Village Loonsche Land in a six-person themed room priced from £788 based on arriving 12 July.

The price includes breakfast and three days of unlimited access to Efteling Park located 15 minutes away from the village.

They’re having a laaf in the Netherlands. Come and join them.

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