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Duinrell Travel Guide: 20 reviews and 49 photos

Duinrell is a caravan site with a theme park attached to it. If you’re thinking about going there then no doubt you’ve stumbled across it after reading the glossy Eurocamp sales brochure. Thus the seed of interest has been sown as it promises a Technicolor heaven for your kiddies and the placid interior of a static caravan for you, whilst they are off being sick on roller-coasters.

The brochures are correct in selling this place as a paradise for children because all the rides in the park are free to those staying on the caravan site. Also free is what is claimed to be Europe’s biggest indoor water-park. This is called the Tikibad, from the Dutch for Tiki and Bad. However, it is only free of charge to happy campers for two hours between the hours of ten in the morning and two in the afternoon. Thus it knackers-up any other plans you might have had for the day that revolved around art galleries and museums.

The Tikibad has an array of terrifying slides and chutes guaranteed to rattle the bones, and loosen the anus, of anybody over the age of thirty-five that foolishly enters into the spirit of the thing by giving in to their youngster’s request to accompany them on their first ride. Therefore I’d recommend you take one ride on a slide, just to remind you how old you’re getting, and then spend the rest of the time trembling and hiding from your children. This is easily done as the place is packed with the wobbling flesh of all European nationalities, especially when it’s raining outside… which it usually is in Holland.

On the plus side you can let your children run off into a relatively safe theme park where they will be able to amuse themselves all day long. On the down-side you’ll find that day after day of relentless rides, fast-food and candy floss is going leave you with spaced-out children who have forgotten the merits of museums and galleries and have now become pure adrenalin-junkies. Consequently I’d say stay at this place for three days maximum and then move on to somewhere a little less exciting to wean them back on to vegetables, bicycles and the thrills of Dutch seventeenth century genre painting.

Apart from the plastic village in the theme park there is a real ‘Duinrell’ village just over the road from the park. This is quaintly pedestrianised and geared up to sell any escapees from the campsite all the souvenir-tat they’ll ever need. If nothing else, make a mental note of the shop that sells umbrellas. This is because Holland has a monsoon season that lasts from August right through to July.

  • Last visit to Duinrell: Aug 2006
  • Intro Updated Feb 6, 2012
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