Saturday, October 18, 2008

The Netherlands - Efteling

I received this lovely postcard in the Netherlands and Rest of the world RR :) It shows the entrance of Efteling, an amusement park in the Netherlands.
I've been to some amusement parks in the USA, but I was only 13 years old then... Now I'm a bit older (just a bit, I'm 17), but I'd love to have such fun again :)

Efteling is the largest and most popular theme park in The Netherlands, and one of the leading theme parks in Europe. It is also one of the oldest theme parks in the world. Efteling is located in the town of Kaatsheuvel, in the municipality of Loon op Zand. Efteling was opened in 1952.

Originally the park catered towards children with a fairy tale theme. Nowadays Efteling appeals to both young and old with its cultural, romantic and nostalgic themes and its variety of amusement rides. In over fifty years the park has evolved from a nature park with playground and a Fairy Tale Forest, into a full-size theme park along the lines of Disneyland (it is actually twice as large as the original Disneyland park and predates it by three years). In 1992 Efteling received the IAAPA Applause Award for Best Amusement Park in the World.

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