I came across a nice little video of the opening on the Indian Water Lilies in Efteling. It is short, but you can see how little has actually changed since it opened. Apart from the Witch…she has definitely changed!
We have 96 ‘likes’ on Facebook now, and we got to thinking…
Who has a photo of themselves or their friends/family sitting on a musical toadstool at Efteling? We know that it is THE thing to do whilst in the Fairy Tale Forest, so, who has a photo of themselves sitting on one of these musical marvels? We’d love to see them! Share them on our Facebook page, or send them to firstname.lastname@example.org!
After a short absence, we return with an update on the Emperor’s New Clothes. Efteling Fansite posted this photo on their Facebook page recently:
The paving is also being laid towards the building, and lampposts have started to pop up in the area. So with everything coming together, and the figures being installed, a publicity photo has shown up on the Efteling website. It is actually an advertisement for Winter Efteling, using the Emperor’s New Clothes as the main focus. It is rather amusing!
Yes, of course he is rather naked, however, one of the reasons we all love Efteling is for the sense of reality that it sprinkles into its fantasy world. Although, we couldn’t figure out why Longneck is lurking in the background…he probably got an eyeful!
Photo #1: Efteling Fansite, photo #2: Milena Kirk, photo #3: Efteling.com
Den Suykerbuyk sells ice cream and waffles. One of their specialities is the ‘Oubliehoorn’, which is a large cone, with fruit, 2 scoops of your choice of ice-cream, and whipped cream on top; all for only 3.10! We highly, highly recommend these, as they are very tasty, and at a great price, too! They are located at Anton Pieckplein.
When we visited a few weeks back, it was obvious that the Heralds needed a coat of paint…or something…We even took a photo of one of the poor guys.
So, on Thursday (06/09) it was brought to our attention that new Heralds had been installed. They look a little more lifelike, but we’re sure we’ll get used to them! On the bright side (literally) they are much more colourful and shiny!
The time has come, to talk about pancakes.
Aside from the obvious hundreds of great reasons to visit Efteling, Polle’s Keuken is high on the list of must-dos! It only opened on March 30th of this year, but the frequent line of customers waiting to get in tells us that it is already a favourite of Efteling guests.
Pancakes are available from 11:30 am, just in time for a late breakfast. We were there bang on that time, and it was very quiet the whole time we were there. Most of the lines forming outside seemed to come later in the day, for lunch and dinner. The first thing you’ll notice when entering the building is the theming.
There is a massive ‘oven’ in the middle of the floor, with tables surrounding it, a bar to the far left of the room, and on your immediate left as you enter, is where the pancakes are born. There are a lot of tables inside and out, so don’t worry about getting a table! The waiters and waitresses are dressed in traditional chefs outfits, to complete the theme.
You will be handed a menu upon arrival at the restaurant, and then you can pick your table. Menus are available in English if you ask, which is great news, because there are a lot of items on that menu! There are savoury pancakes such as salmon with rocket and cream cheese, goat’s cheese with honey, apple and pecan nuts, and bacon with onion. The sweet pancakes include apple with cinnamon and raisins, pineapple with ginger, and hot cherries.
Got a child with you? They feed those here too! Children can get a heart-shaped pancake with toppings such as sprinkles that they can put on themselves; this is known as the ‘Pimp Your Own Heart Pancake’ option, and comes with a drink and a ‘surprise’.
Don’t like pancakes? You’re in the wrong restaurant! But joking aside, there are options at Polle’s Keuken for the folks who don’t fancy nibbling away at a pancake. You can order a ‘Family Cake’ or a ‘Royal Dessert’, which are for between 1 and 4 people. There is also a cake carousel located to the left as you enter.
Drinks include the usual tea, coffee and hot chocolate, but also available is a fresh mint tea or a latte macchiato. Beer and wine are also available from the bar. Another neat idea that Efteling had, was to bag up the special pancake mix and sell it in bags for 2.95 in the restaurant. You can also buy gift packs of the mix which comes with a chef’s hat and a wooden spoon (also available at the main entrance for around 6.95).
We had the Pineapple and Ginger pancake, and the Hot Cherries pancake. The Hot Cherries were snuggled inside the hot soft pancake, with whipped cream on the side, and it tasted divine!
The Pineapple and Ginger pancake was also surprisingly nice, considering the rather unusual combination. There was sugar and syrup on the table, along with salt and pepper, in case you ordered a savoury pancake.
Remember that ‘oven’ we mentioned that is located in the centre of the restaurant? Every now and then, it does something special…
We highly recommend Polle’s Keuken if you love pancakes, or cakes in general!
For all your washing needs, Efteling have produced some fairy tale shampoos, hand washes and bath/shower gels. The dragon shampoo just happens to smell of apricots. Not the first thing you think of when you think of dragons, but who are we to judge?! There are also some tins full of plasters, for those little bumps you receive whilst running around Efteling like an excited child.