“Visit Madurodam and see the best (and tiniest!) of the Netherlands in one go”
We’ve talked about seeing DutchReview from a different angle or about getting out of the Randstad and see the highlights of other parts of the Netherlands. But what if I told you it’s possible to see the best of the Netherlands with some extra magic added to it?
I’m talking about Madurodam of course! This miniature modeled theme park in the Hague is and should be one of the highlights of your time in the Netherlands. Meticulously designed, crazy with details and a mesmerizing experience for those who have never seen it before (and for those who have seen it before: it’s one great nostalgic trip which only improved along the years). Besides the great irony that the tallest people in the world have such an awesome miniature park there are 6 other reasons why you should want to visit Madurodam.
Visit Madurodam and see the whole of the Netherlands in one trip
Well okay, I might be slightly exagerating in the sense that they haven’t modelled the suburbs of Alphen aan de Rijn or any other small unknown village in the Netherlands. But you can truly see an amazing deal of the Netherlands’ highlights in one swoop. Perfect if you’re visiting for a short period or you’ve got relatives coming over from abroad! Check out these scenes from the Netherlands you don’t want to miss but aren’t probably on top of your must-see list:
I’ve actually found that a visit to Madurodam helps my guests plan their itinerary when they’re visiting the Netherlands. Your friends and family will quickly see what really floats their boat and move that location up on the things-to-do-in-the-Netherlands list.
Speaking of things to do in the Netherlands:
2. “Finally no crowd at the Rijksmuseum”
High on top of any first-timer is probably the iconic Rijksmuseum. Having been re-opened and with the ‘Nightwatch’ in its inventory the museum draws massive crowds everyday, crowds that are also at the same time one of those annoying things about visiting the museum. Madurodam has the perfect solution for that problem:
Just look at the insane amount of detail going on in these pictures. Just like the Rijskmuseum itsself you can easily lose yourself in Madurodam in a miniature piece for quite some moments.
3. There’s tons of stuff to play and interact with
Be honest, just seeing things and doing nothing can get boring at times. I could say that this only applies to the little-uns, but most of us are big kids that find pushing buttons with awesome consequenses enormously satisfying. Madurodam is certainly no static affair and plenty of models have some form of interactivity going on! Added bonus is that all of these activities are as Dutch as cycling in the rain.
And then I didn’t even talk about getting yourself as a 3-d printed miniature. Just get your personal 3d scan at the Fantasitron, and receive your personal order link afterwards via email. You can also mix it up as a DJ and the best thing for all the grown up Dutch men who are reading this is that you can see the one and only EC 88 Cup in real life!
4. Learning about the Netherlands has never been so much fun!
Not only does interaction with the miniature displays makes for good old fun, it also allows you to genuinly learn something about the Netherlands. And hey, since all the famous Dutch trademarks are represented here you’ll learn just the things you need to impress future guests when you’re guiding them around in the Netherlands.
Madurodam is big on storytelling. It’s done in an attractive way and they easily get deeper into the the facts and figures than you would your self normally. For instance the famous Deltaworks can’t be missed and with elaborate detail they tell you the story of how the Dutch fought off the water. Or finally discover the origins and use of the iconic Dutch windmills!
So if you want to know more about the history of the Netherlands you are at the right spot with Madurodam.
Madurodam works with an intricate system which allows you to see perfectly editted videos about the display in front of you, well worth it!
Still want more reasons to visit Madurodam? Well what about:
5. Madurodam is perfectly located for combining it with another hot-spot in The Hague
If you’re going from Amsterdam to Madurodam (or any other place for that matter) you might as well sweep ‘twee vliegen in 1 klap’ and visit another spot in The Hague. There’s plenty on the menu; check out the nearby Panorama Mesdag or the Peace Palace. Or combine your visit with grand museums such as the Mauritshuis. Madurodam also makes things easier for you and offers a special combi ticket with SEA Life in nearby Scheveningen.
Do you prefer to enjoy yourself in the open air? Instead of in a museum? Madurodam is right on the ‘border’ of The Hague and Scheveningen so combining it with a visit to Scheveningen also makes perfect sense. And if you’re wondering if it’s a good idea to visit a beach-town during the Dutch winter, well luckily we’ve got an article for that as well.
“But DutchReview, it’s cold and dark these days, surely it’s not a good time to visit Madurodam at this moment?
6. The Magical Lights and Winterweeks are happening right now! Don’t miss out!
Just when you need it the most, Madurodam comes shining bright with the magical light weeks, until the 8th of January the park will be beautifully lit by more than 50.000 sparkling lights! (check out their site for extra opening nights and special priced tickets)
During the christmas holiday vacation (24th of December till the 8th of January) Madurodam step their game up even further with the ‘Winterweeks’. Little iceskaters, little bonfires and little Santa’s are to appear during these days – with tons of other christmassy stuff happening as well. Besides the beautiful wintertheme in the park, enjoy the indoor foodcourt or warm yourself with a cup of hot chocolate or gluhwein at the cosy campfire at the Wintersquare in the park.
So visit Madurodam enjoy the miraculous miniatures and feel free to tag us (@dutchreview) with pics of your favorite miniatures!
How to get to Madurodam:
George Maduroplein 1
2584 RZ Den Haag
From Amsterdam to Madurodam:
Head towards Madurodam via the N14 in the direction of Scheveningen, ending at the Hubertus viaduct. There you take the right up the viaduct, stay on the right and take the next exit for Madurodam. At the end of the exit, turn left (under the viaduct) and the car park will be on your right.
Public Transport to Madurodam:
When in The Hague, take tram 9 in the direction of Scheveningen Noorderstrand. Exit at the ‘Madurodam’ stop.