The Netherlands isn’t all cheese and wine, it’s also home to 7 places for the adrenaline junkies among us. The people that have enough energy to get everyone excited. If you live with them maybe they’re loud, annoying and constantly mixing red-bull with vodka despite several warnings not to. To keep your heart-rate at the BPM of most drum n bass anthems (170BPM), here are 7 places in the Netherlands for adrenaline junkies.
1. Abseil the Euromast tower
This one will cost you €57,50 per person because it’s a daring endeavour. If you don’t know what abseiling is (think mission impossible) you can find out in Rotterdam at the Euromast tower. It’s basically walking down an absolutely enormous tower (backward) until you reach the bottom. You control a single rope that holds your entire body-weight and you navigate steadily towards the ground. If you’re afraid of heights (who are we kidding, you’re not afraid of anything!) go ahead and make a reservation.
2. Theme Parks in the Netherlands
So, just to keep the eight-year-old inside you alive, The Netherlands has a bunch of theme parks. You can stuff your face full of cotton candy, eat too many bitterballen, drink an overpriced beer and ride so many rides you throw up on someone else’s child. DutchReview has a helpful guide on where to begin your adrenaline rush.
The Efteling is adored all over Europe, it’s open 7 days a week, all year round. Theme parks are mostly for kids (but hey, rollercoasters are for everyone). You can find tickets for groups and children younger than 3 get in free! Although I would urge you never to put an infant on a rollercoaster.
3. Sky-Diving in the Netherlands
For sky-diving in the Netherlands, you have a bunch of options. There’s a jump-site on Texel Island and there’s another near Rotterdam. You’ll be falling at 200km/h, if you’ve had a previous heart condition just don’t risk it – but if you’re looking to push your body to the limit check it out. The Texel sky-dive is called “Paracentrum” you can choose between a “standard” 9000 ft drop (ha! yeah, real standard guys) or an “extreme” 13,000 ft drop.
Whichever jump-site, whichever package you choose you’ll be throttling at intense speeds and when you land safely on the ground you’ll be craving round two. Prices get as high as €344.00 for two people and a video recording of the experience. Places must be booked in advance, so if you’re treating your thrill-seeking partner to a sky-dive in the Netherlands, book in advance of their special day!
The Rotterdam experience is run by a group called “The Flying Dutchman” club. Book a sky-dive with them and remember to arrive 45 minutes before your scheduled jump.
4. Rollercoasters at Walibi – Biddinghuizen
You’re not a kid anymore if you don’t like rollercoasters. We get it, you have an iffy stomach and you don’t want to test your limits. For those of us that do want to test our limits and have loved the rise and fall of rollercoasters since our very first ride… This one is not to be missed.
Walibi used to be a six-flags then it was converted into something way better. Walibi, the rollercoaster goes from 0 to 90km in just three seconds, three seconds! Tickets are pretty cheap, it’s a great place to go with a group and after a whole day it will leave you with goosebumps and great memories.
5. Escape Rooms in the Netherlands
So, no doubt you’ve heard all about these “escape rooms” popping up all over the world. It’s a mix of physical problem solving and racing against the clock to secure your freedom. Whether you’re trying to get a high score or you want to challenge yourself physically, escape rooms have it all. Some doors can be opened to a rock climbing challenge, others to a basketball contest, you never know what you’ll find. There’s even an escape room above the DutchReview office in Leiden called “code blue”!
There is a “Zombie Escape Room“, another one called “Sherlocked” and another called “Mysterium” (in Utrecht) just to name a few. If you’re up for a day trip to Zoetermeer their escape room, “Prison Island” is also worth a look. These escape rooms are great for the whole family and they’re everywhere. You’ll have no trouble finding one to escape to. Prices can range from €30 to €130 depending on how many people there are in your escape-team.
6. The A’dam lookout
This one will have you on the very edge of your seat, it will also have you on the edge of a skyscraper in northern Amsterdam. The A’dam lookout is essentially a giant swing, unlike giant swings that are elevated between two poles, this one sits atop a skyscraper.
An adult ticket is €13,50 and kids are almost half that cost. Due to the arrival of their new swing, it’s sadly not possible to buy swing tickets in advance for the period 8th – 22nd of April. That won’t stop you from swinging 100 meters above ground with a view to kill for if you book right now!
7. Paintball? Paintball
So here’s one you might have had on your mind for a while, paintball. If you’re one of those people that prefers to shoot with lasers because it stings less there are laser-tag venues available. If you don’t like shooting altogether there’s always Prison Island in Zoetermeer. Anyway, let’s assume you’re a complete badass and you’re going paintballing.
It’s a popular option for groups, bachelor parties or if you want to fire off some pellets at a friend that’s been getting on your nerves. is the only paintball facility in North Holland in possession of a safety certificate (safety is assured). Nearby to Amsterdam and Haarlem, this paintball experience is purely for thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies.
Any of these particular activities make your palms sweaty? Do they get the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end? Well good! If you have any suggestions on where to get your Dutch thrills, remember to leave a comment on our Facebook!