Madurodam, a mini-Holland on a 1:25 scale, lets you tour the entirety of the Netherlands in an hour. One of Holland’s most popular attractions since its development in the Hague in 1952, it highlights the epitomes of Dutch culture in scale-model replicas of perfectly ornamented bridges, canals, windmills, and major national landmarks.
This miniature park allows you to discover the Madurodamers working, relaxing, watching a football match, and just going about their lives. Check out Madurodam’s fully functionally harbor, trains, and airport. The model city even has carefully manicured gardens made with real flowers and plants at a quarter of real size. All of the important Dutch cities—including Rotterdam, the Hague (with its International Court of Justice), Delft, and Amsterdam (including the Peace Palace)—are rendered in accurate lifelike representations.
You can purchase tickets at the park or in advance. You can also make your way to the miniature town as part of a guided tour; popular options combine a visit to Madurodam with city sightseeing tours of Delft and the Hague.
Things to Know Before You Go
There is scheduled maintenance on parts of the display each day and some sections may be closed. Check the website for the daily maintenance schedule.
Children under the age of three can enter the park free of charge.
Guide dogs are allowed in the park, but pets are not. On-site kennels are available to keep your pet; it’s best to reserve ahead.
Madurodam is accessible to strollers and wheelchairs, and both are available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis.
How to Get There
Madurodam is located within the Hague (between Central Hague and Scheveningen). You can access the park easily by car; there is a small parking fee. Trains are available from within the Hague; use tram 9 or bus 22.
When to Get There
Madurodam is open every day of the year. Hours vary seasonally: Typical spring and summer hours are from 9am to 8pm; fall and winter hours are 11am to 5pm. Check the park’s website for exact times.
Family Activities at Madurodam
Madurodam is a natural fit for a family-friendly day trip. Kids of all ages will enjoy the variety of hands-on activities, including managing a miniature Dutch port, discovering Dutch cheese, generating wind energy, and playing with water. A fully equipped playground helps kids burn off excess energy.