A Hidden Amusement Park in Wassenaar, Netherlands

camping duinrell

After a month driving through the Netherlands and spending 2 weeks on the road staying at various campsites we wanted to stay somewhere with more “entertainment for the kids”.  Thankfully, Dutch people are so helpful and a few people we had met during our stay in Edam recommended a campsite in Wassenaar called Camping Duinrell.

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Our comfy, private pitch

A popular amusement park and campground that’s only 6km from the North Sea Beach and 15km to Scheveningen a beautiful seaside resort, Duinrell was perfect!  We booked our camping pitch a week in advance for 7-days in the middle of June, we were so lucky to find a space.  The first 2 days we spent roaming the campsite and relaxing while both kids headed for the amusement park and rode the roller coasters for hours, which was free as part of the our stay at the campsite. The park closes to the public in the evening and then becomes a quiet, wonderful place to stroll through in the evening with some of the rides staying open for campers onsite.  The nearby picturesque village (just a short walk across the street) has a lively shopping centre and where we spent a few evenings for  dinner.

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Riding the bumper boats in the park 🙂

They have the BEST food stalls at Duinrell!  Poffertjes!

They have the BEST food stalls at Duinrell! Poffertjes!

The water park, also located at the campsite had some pretty awesome water slides.  Two hours was more than enough for our young ones and even though we stayed an hour over, they didn’t charge us because it started to rain in the end. We also did day-trips to Rotterdam and The Hague which are easy to get to by bus (which stops right in front of the park) and train. We recommend buying an OV-chipkaart for the buses and trains for day trips in the region. The OV-chipkaart card is a smartcard that offers great value for money and it works on trains, trams, buses and metro throughout the Netherlands. The kids had a wonderful time at the Miniature city of Madurodam, a must see if you have little children.

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Strolling the beach…

Making new friends everyday at the park!

Making new friends everyday at the park!

Madurodam

Madurodam

The last few days we spent cycling since there are miles of well-signposted cycle tracks through the lovely woodland and countryside that can took us past The Hague and the Bulb Fields.  A wonderful ride for the entire family.

The campsite is just lovely; very well kept, well managed with a really good restaurant that does take-away service. There is a grocery on site, very slightly more expensive than the supermarket in nearby Wassenar but well stocked (for last minute items) and could probably meet all your needs if you are staying for a short stay. Our pitch was right in front of the entrance to the park which made it easy for us to go in and out, they also rent chalets if you don’t have an RV.

Our kids loved it here and haven’t stopped asking to go back since.

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