The Hague: My Second Visit to Madurodam.

In my previous post I wrote about Feeling Tall in Madurodam, a miniature theme park in The Hague, which had iconic buildings and infrastructure of Netherlands along with mini clogs, Snickers for souvenirs. Even then it was so much fun to go around the theme park looking at the detailing of the structure, knowing the famous landmarks in the country and being able to interact with them.

This second visit saw an update from transportation services to main highlights in Madurodam, especially how it is currently being conducted. It was a nice change for visitors like myself who wanted to see more and experience more things at the theme park. In this post, I highlighted what changed, what was new and what was not there anymore for anyone who plans to go there some day.

1. No more trams to Madurodam.

From Zandam, we took the train to Den Haag Central (Euro 52, return for 2 persons), a 1 hour journey where we saw the vintage looking Haarlem Station along the way. When we arrived, we sought out the information centre for bus, trams and trains to Madurodam. The man at the ticket counter told us that no trams were in service to Madurodam and we had to take the number 69 bus (Euro 3, one way, per person) instead. We walked out from the station to the right and got on the bus which stopped right in front of Madurodam. There were a few families on the bus who were going the same way and we were hoping that it wouldn’t be crowded.

No more trams to Madurodam but there's the number 69 bus that goes direct.

No more trams to Madurodam but there’s the number 69 bus that goes direct.

 

2. Receiving a personalized scan card. 

Once we paid for our tickets at the entrance (Euro 15 per person), we were given a map and a card to register our details such as name, email address first. After going through the gate, we saw a row of digital kiosks for registration and language selection. Whenever we tapped the card on the information machines inside the park, the video would play in the chosen language. We would also be able to have photos taken in certain areas, to our email addresses.

Scan your cards here before walking around the miniature theme park.

Scan your cards here before walking around the miniature theme park.

 

3. New information map board.

The last time I came here we just had the leaflet with a map, but now the park has a new map that introduced various characters from the Dutch history. Although we still had the paper version, this large signage proved to be a better view as we could see the highlights of the park.

Where shall we go today? Hmmm... everywhere!

Where shall we go today? Hmmm… everywhere!

 

4. Video information at the miniature building areas.

Some of the buildings came with written information while most of them now have a video kiosk with animation characters made to attract the visitors. We had to wait our turn to scan the card at the kiosk before a screen pops up greeting us by name. The video is then played in English (because we chose the language earlier) and sometimes has quizzes for friendly interactions. I must say that is a clever way for visitors to remember the stories of the Dutch history in Madurodam.

Scan your card and wait for the video to appear.

Scan your card and wait for the video to appear.

 

5. How much do you weigh in cheese? 

Holland is the main producer of cheese and this is why the land is rich with green grass as well as cows. The country produces 750 million kilos of cheese per year and mostly export them out to other countries. At one corner of Madurodam was an interesting cheese pulley and a weighing machine. On the machine we could see our weight and how much of it was equivalent to the cheese. Mine weighed exactly 2 of those cheeses and  when I tried to pull them up, it was so heavy!

Ok that's some pretty heavy cheese!

Ok that’s some pretty heavy cheese!

 

6. Tulips and bulbs. 

These famous Dutch flowers bloom in colors and attract thousands of visitors to the Dutch spring garden of Keukenhof in Lisse. About 45 million flowers are exported around the world daily. And in Madurodam we got to see the mini version of the tulip field, the factory and the vans that tranport them out to the businesses. We tried the flower auction interaction game where we got to choose our bulbs and bid the highest price for it at the same time generating sales for ourselves. But the main reason we were at this spot is because we wanted to play with the machine by putting coins and waiting for the glass tulip bulbs to drop out from the conveyor belt. This we could keep and bring home as souvenirs.

Put in Euro 1 coin and wait for the tulip souvenir to appear at the end of the conveyor belt!

Put in Euro 1 coin and wait for the tulip souvenir to appear at the end of the conveyor belt!

 

7. Clogging in the Netherlands.

We had visited the clogs workshop in Zaanse Schans before we came here and looked forward to seeing the miniature version. The klompen or wooden clogs are still used by the Dutch and can be found in the local garden shops. Around 3 million clogs are made each year and sold throughout the Netherlands.  We wanted a pair of our own as souvenirs so we inserted Euro 1 into the machine and waited for the mini lorry to bring out our clogs. Surprisingly, there were 2 pairs because someone didn’t collect theirs.

Getting not one but two pairs of clogs at the clog factory!

Getting not one but two pairs of clogs at the clog factory!

 

8. Amusing ourselves with the amusement park. 

We walked around and saw a tiny amusement park with a roller coaster, booths selling popcorns, an airplane ride in the sky, a merry-go-round which all came to life after we inserted a Euro 1 coin into the slot. The roller coaster ride saw the coaches going down at full speed, the rest of the rides came alive with the fun music. If you don’t want to insert any coin you can wait for someone else to do so and then enjoy it together.

Lovely theme park that came to life once we inserted a coin.

Lovely theme park that came to life once we inserted a coin.

 

9. Dutch canals of Amsterdam.

Amsterdam city is a ring of canals that dates back to 400 years ago, named from the Amstel River that used to be a fishing village. The canal boats can be seen on these canals which stretch for 100 km in the city. They also have +1000 bridges with one of them being the Skinny Bridge.

Lovely view of the Amsterdam canal ring.

A view of the Amsterdam canal ring.

 

10. Catching a thief at the Rijksmuseum.

The real Rijksmuseum is very much grander than the mini version, yet this has all the similar intricate details on its wall and structure. That was pretty amazing to me as a lot of research went into ensuring that the structure looked exactly the same even when it’s scaled down. Built in 1885, it is one of the largest and most important museum that houses collections of paintings and art around the world. When we watched the video, there was a story of how a thief tried to get into the museum by climbing into one of the windows above. The police siren in the video indicated that he was caught and taken to prison. If you look closely at the front of the building, you can spot the thief in his striped shirt and beret making his way down the Rijksmuseum.

The great Rijksmuseum that houses many important paintings and art of the world.

The great Rijksmuseum that houses many important paintings and art of the world.

 

A place that educates through fun.

I don’t have many tips on Madurodam except these few which include getting there as early as possible to avoid the crowd. When there’s too many people, you won’t be able to enjoy looking at the details of each structure and interact with the videos as well as the games. If it gets too cold, there’s always the cafe where you could get a warm cup of coffee and snacks before continuing the visit. There’s also many photo opportunities around the area and it’s pleasant to see that most of them (the boats, trains, automobiles, airplanes) are in good working condition.

A lovely Palace in Netherlands.

A lovely Palace garden in Netherlands.

Look out for the transportation services in Madurodam as it's all in good working condition.

Look out for the transportation services in Madurodam as it’s all in good working condition.

It'll take at least 2-3 hours to complete the entire Madurodam but it's definitely worth it.

It’ll take at least 2-3 hours to complete the entire Madurodam but it’s definitely worth it.

Address: Madurodam, George Maduroplein 1, 2584 RZ Den Haag, The Netherlands
Opening hours: Opens daily from 09:00 – 20:00 (ticket office closes at 19:00), Euro 15 per person
URL: www.madurodam.nl
For more info on other places to visit in The Netherlands, check out Netherlands Tourism website.

About Yafieda Jamil

A Malaysian girl currently working abroad in Phnom Penh city. I love a good road trip, hot cappuccinos, spicy food and staring at old buildings. My mission is to inspire people to see the world differently before we all get any older. Oh and giraffes are the most beautiful creatures on earth.

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