Adventure Realm

Ruigrijk is the adventure realm, and is home to:

Baron 1898,

The Flying Dutchman (De Vliegende Hollander),

George and the Dragon (Joris en de Draak),


The Old Tuffer (D’Oude Tuffer),

Polka Marina,

Half Moon.

Baron 1898 


was opened in July 2015 and is Efteling’s first dive coaster.  The ride is themed around Dutch mining in the 19th century.  Guests fall 37.5 meters at 90km p/h, at an angle of 87 degrees.  Visitors to Alton Towers will recognize this attraction as being very similar to Oblivion.



The Flying Dutchman is based on the story of Willem van der Decken, the captain of ‘Den Hollander’, who braved the elements against all advice, and caused his ship to be turned into a ghost ship, doomed to sail the seas forever.  The ride is an indoor/outdoor coaster, and you may get wet!  The ride is very dark inside and includes a sudden stop, however, it does not disappoint true thrill seekers.  It also boasts wonderful theming outside, a feast for the eyes and a perfect subject for lots of photos!

George and the Dragon is a duelling wooden rollercoaster which opened in July 2010, replacing another wooden rollercoaster called Pegasus, which had a single track.  Based on the tale of Saint George, guests choose a side, either fire or water, in the hope of slaying the dragon.  George is not present in the ride (I think the guests are supposed to be George) however there is a rather large dragon situated in the middle of the tracks, and he looks rather angry!  In my personal opinion, this is a must-do, and although I hate to speak ill of the dead, it is 100x better than Pegasus!

Python is a double loop corkscrew rollercoaster which has been open since 1981, and is looking pretty good for its age!  The photo to the left was taken in 1996, and since then the coaster has new cars, which are a darker red and have scales, to look more like a real python.  It does not have as much theming as the other rides in the area, however remains very popular amongst dare devils. More recently it had a large renovation which saw a large amount of track replaced.

The Old Tuffer may sound like the name of a train, however this attraction is a car ride. You board an old fashioned car and ride around the track, honking at various scenes with your horn, as this ride is now interactive.

Polka Marina is a carrousel which gives the impression of being at sea, as the track goes up and down like waves all the way around.  In the middle is a little man with an umbrella, who is being kept up by a whale who is squirting water, and that man has been stuck there since 1984!

Half Moon is a sailing ship which rocks back and forth, creating of course, a half-moon.  This is definitely for those in the family who do not have a weak stomach, and is situated near Polka Marina and The Old Tuffer.

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