Madurodam is a theme park in The Hague, not very far away from Amsterdam. This miniature park is the ideal place to visit with children.
Madurodam is packed with beautifully made small model replicas of Dutch landmarks, canals and parks.
The miniature park includes renowned palaces, churches, farms, town halls, towers, squares, streets and many other typical sights. All the models are 25 times smaller than the real buildings.
The details are what makes this theme park so special: natural miniature trees, small people walking in the streets, boats sailing down the canals and trains rumbling down the train tracks.
More than a theme park
Madurodam is not only an enjoyable theme park, it is also a monument to a World War II war hero.
George Maduro was a Jewish Brazilian who fought against the German troops in Holland. Captured, he passed away in the Dachau concentration camp in 1945. After his death, his parents financed the Madurodam project in his memory. Since the miniature park was completed, the profits are donated to several charities.
Beatrix of the Netherlands was the first representative of Madurodam. She was followed by many others, all of which donated several new replicas to the park.
Maduroram is an extremely enjoyable visit, worthwhile for both children and adults.
The entrance fee includes a brochure in English which explains all the landmarks in detail. It also gives visitors a recommended route of the theme park.
Although the theme park seems small when you first get to it, it takes approximately two hours to explore. We suggest you combine visiting The Hague, seat of the Dutch government, with a visit to Madurodam.
How to get to Madurodam
- Tram from The Hague: Take the train or bus to The Hague from Amsterdam. From there, take tram 9 to Madurodam.
- Rent a car: Good option for those who wish to drive and want to visit several cities in Holland.
From 11 am to 5 pm (although this can vary depending on the time of year, so we recommend checking ahead of time)
Adults: € 17.50 (US$ 18.50)
Children under 2: free admission
From the central station of The Hague: take tram number 9 or bus 22, stop Madurodam.
The Hague (2.5 km) Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (39.4 km) Vondelpark (48.2 km) Van Gogh Museum (49.1 km) Rijksmuseum (49.4 km)