2The Efteling in Kaatsheuvel
As soon as you mention you are planning a visit to the Efteling to a Dutchie most likely, a dreamy expression will appear on his or her face right after (s)he started to hum the famous theme song and tell you about Holle Bolle Gijs. (Fun Fact, The central station in Amsterdam uses the Efteling theme song during the night to keep people from lingering in the station for too long. True story!) Every child in the Netherlands has at least once in their lives been to the Efteling. No wonder as the park easily keeps up with other famous theme parks like Disneyland or Europa Park. The readers of themeparkinside.com even voted the Efteling the world’s best theme park in 2017.
But enough of the praise, what does the park actually has to offer? There are multiple attractions in the Efteling. The most famous one is Het Sprookjesbos (“The Fairytale Forest”) where you can admire fanciful installations about classic fairytales. The Fairytale Forest is not only for children worth a visit but allows people from every age dream away and bring out that inner child again. But also adrenalin-junkies get their money’s worth as the Efteling offers multiple rollercoasters where you can scream your head off.
If possible, try to avoid the park during the school holidays as this is the time where it’s most crowded. Naturally also weekends tend to be busier than weekdays. However, if you’re in for the whole experience, it can also be nice to book an overnight stay. Adjust your visit accordingly. Last but not least, the park is international-friendly as it provides all information in four languages — more than enough reasons to include De Efteling in our Top-Five tourist traps to visit anyway.
3 The Anne Frank house in Amsterdam
If you have ever read the famous diary of Anne Frank, who was forced to hide from the German occupation you will be impressed by a visit to the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam. The museum is located in the house where Anne Frank and her family went into hiding during the Second World War. With eight people they hid in the top floors of the annex of the main house behind a secret door hidden by a cupboard. While staying there, Anne Frank kept a diary which became famous after the war where Anne and her family died.
The Anne Frank house is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the Netherlands and does not offer room for many people. Therefore, you must not forget to reserve your ticket and time slot in advance. Nevertheless, it is worth the effort as the Anne Frank house is quite impressive. It is a very authentic place and captures the claustrophobic atmosphere the family must have felt.
If you are planning a couple of touristy days in Amsterdam, consider the I amsterdam City card which allows you to visit all musea for free, use public transport and get discounts in numerous of other places for a fixed price.