All you need to know about Holland. And more.
Published: 05 April 2012 Modified: 24 April 2012
The new Madurodam shows you the real Holland – but smaller.
In this unique open-air theme park you’ll experience the rich history of the Netherlands through incredible scale models, surprising interactions and secrets revealed by tiny Madurodam citizens on interactive screens.
Both young and old are be able to roll up their sleeves and get to work, for example by actually operating a scale model of the Oosterscheldekering storm surge barrier, pumping out a polder and loading and unloading ships in the Port of Rotterdam.
In addition to all of these hands-on activities, you can experience the stories behind many buildings in the Netherlands. A thief explains on an interactive screen how he is planning to steal paintings from the Rijksmuseum. And there are many enthralling stories about other highlights of Dutch history and culture.
Amazing, active and informative
Digital information screens and a personal smartphone give visitors a multimedia experience of the stories behind the objects.
The new Madurodam is divided into three theme areas: WaterRijk, ‘water as friend and foe', StedenRijk, ‘old town centres’ and VindingRijk, ‘The Netherlands as a source of inspiration for the world’ (architecture, innovation, entertainment and design). In the globe-shaped Wereldkijker you can experience what the Dutch have accomplished in the world and experience what makes a small country so big.
There is also a brand new ‘Wadden Sea’ themed playground where children can let off some steam. New catering facilities complete a day out to Madurodam.
It'll be a trip you’ll never forget.
A visit to nearby Scheveningen beach and the various museums in the immediate vicinity can easily be combined with a visit to Madurodam.
History of Madurodam
Madurodam, established as a monument to resistance hero George Maduro, is one of the most well-known day attractions in the Netherlands. Since it was opened on 2 July 1952, Madurodam has welcomed more than 50 million visitors from the Netherlands and from abroad. The miniature city now receives approximately 600,000 visitors per year. The revenue from Madurodam is used for charitable causes for children via the Madurodam Support Fund Society (Stichting Madurodam Steunfonds).
Wheelchair available (upon request)
No pets allowed.