Amsterdam with kids – Madurodam

Without a doubt, our favorite day trip during our Amsterdam visit was to The Hauge. The Hauge was SPECTACULAR and if we ever visit The Netherlands again we’ll stay in Den Haag and spend our time visiting the area! Since we were staying in Amsterdam we took the train from Schipol to the Den Haag Central Station. It was about 50euro for the round trip tickets. When we got there we bought 3 all day bus passes for about 18euro. I think there might have been a cheaper way to do it, but since we wanted to see the Escher Museum and Madurodam, we thought it was the best option for cost and ease. We bought all the tickets at the respective stations.


We had a great visit to the Escher Museum and then headed to Madurodam. OH MY WORD!!! We wished we had budgeted a whole day there!! It as 48euro for entrance (which I thought was steep…. until we go in there!). In short, Madurodam is a miniature Holland. It has 1:25 scale miniatures of the major highlights of The Netherlands, and lots of cool hands on activities. There’s also and AWESOME playground, snack bar, and more. Armed with a picnic we totally could spend a day there.


I was amazed at the detail of all the displays (and there were a LOT of them)…




We loved seeing the models of the places we’d been…


…and of places we wanted to go.





I wish I had taken pictures of the playground. It was so cool and even my 13 and 14 year old LOVED playing on it. We enjoyed every minute of our time at Madurodam and highly recommend it as a day trip (a full day!) if your kids are worn out with the business of Amsterdam. The Hauge is SO worth a look and I’m so glad we took the recommendation to visit Madurodam. It really was our favorite activity for the week!


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