Max & Moritz, the family rollercoaster launching soon at Efteling theme park in Holland, is near completion, with the arrival of the first of its two trains.

Each of the two trains will represent the characters, Max & Moritz, the two naughty schoolboys from the German rhyming story Max und Moritz. The train will travel in opposite directions, taking guests of all ages, but particularly children aged 4 – 10, on an exciting journey.

The ‘Max’ train is now in place on the track, weighing over 1,300 kg. Coen Bertens, director of Efteling Theme Park, said: “This is another major milestone for the project and is certainly exciting. It takes about three days to assemble the entire train, bringing the most important elements – track and train – together. The next step is testing the ride and we are all really looking forward to it.”

As well as the ride, a new restaurant, ‘Frau Boltes Küche’, will open at Efteling this summer, not far from Max & Moritz. Like the attraction, the area surrounding the ride, including the new restaurant, will be influenced by the Max & Moritz story.



Holland’s fairy tale theme park Efteling, has unveiled drone photographs of its new attraction, Max & Moritz. The new family-friendly rollercoaster is due to open in spring 2020 and will replace Bob the Bobsleigh. The drone images show the construction of Max & Moritz is well underway.

The foundations, which extend for 700 m³, and the columns for the two tracks, one for Max and one for Moritz, are now in place. In early 2020, the track sections will start to be laid. The drone photos also show the ground around the rollercoaster is taking shape.

Max & Moritz is based on the iconic German illustrated story in rhyme from 1865, which tells the story of two naughty brothers named Max and Moritz. Always up to no good, Max and Moritz drove the inhabitants of their village to despair.

Featuring electrically powered trains, which run in opposite directions, the family ride is known as a “powered coaster.” Max’s blue track follows a different route to the green track of Moritz, while both boast their own unique and exciting features.

Below the Max & Moritz trains will be a rolling Alpine landscape, with a hilly meadow, Serbian spruces and, in the summer, wild plants and hundreds of mountain roses will bloom beneath the rollercoaster.



A new attraction has opened in Eftling, Holland’s fairy tale theme park – a film adventure known as Fabula.

In what was a 3.5-million-euro investment, the Fabula experience combines a 3D film that is shown within a 4D theatre and features 4D special effects, including wind, smell and water.

The story follows a grumpy young bear who is taken on a journey discovering different habitats around the world, meeting some colourful characters on the way that teach him the meaning of life.

The attraction comprises of both a main show and a pre-show. Visitors can wine, dine and relax in a new themed restaurant. The theme of the restaurant and adjoining play area where youngsters can be entertained, is the savanna, ocean and jungle.

The new film has been created by Aardman, the award-winning studio, known for creating much-loved British shows including Shaun the Sheep and Wallace & Gromit.

The official opening of Fabula took place on December 7, 2019 at the Eftling theme park.

Fons Jurgens, CEO at Efteling, spoke about the park’s latest attraction: “We are delighted with our newest attraction, which has been completed in just six weeks.  Working with Aardman on the production of Fabula has allowed us to combine the latest in film and animation technology with a new hospitality concept, meaning that the attraction is completely in tune with this time.

“From today, Efteling visitors can enjoy this indoor attraction 365 days of the year,” said Jurgens.



A new attraction has opened at Efteling theme park in the Netherlands. Known as the Six Swans, the attraction is the 30th fairy tale themed ride at the fantasy themed amusement park in Kaatsheuvel.

The Six Swans is located between the Cinderella and Snow White attractions in the park’s Fairytale Forest, the Sprookjesboom.

The new attraction is based on the German fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm about a princess rescuing her brothers who had been turned into six swans by their jealous stepmother.

Visitors to Efteling can experience the magical story either onboard a swan-themed boat or by foot. The boats travel along a circular on a two-minute journey.

Guests are greeted by the Princess Elisa. In order to break the swan spell, Elisa is forbidden to make a sound for six years and must knit six shirts out of aster flowers.

Inside the castle, 606 shimmering flowers surround Elisa, which light up when the swans pass her. The castle’s exterior is surrounded by thousands of aster flowers.

Fons Jurgens, Efteling’s CEO, commented: “Fairytales have been the origin of Efteling since 1952. That is why we continue to enrich the Fairytale Forest with new stories. This beautiful and interactive addition underlines our role as guardian of the fairytale.”