't Veluws Zandsculpturenfestijn

't Veluws Zandsculpturenfestijn

't Veluws Zandsculpturenfestijn
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Liefhebber
Breda, The Netherlands8,546 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
This edition of the Veluws Zandsculpturenfestijn "75 Years of Liberty" in Garderen, takes you back to the time of WWII. From the music to all the decorations, you really imagine yourself in the war years. In addition to important battles from WWII, such as the 'Battle of Arnhem' and 'D-Day', the liberation, the life of Anne Frank, our resistance heroes, the cartoons, Radio Oranje and the Royal House are also fully discussed.The sand sculptures of the 'Battle of Arnhem' and 'Pearl Harbor' (11 meters long and almost 5 meters high!) are truly impressive.
Dioramas introduce you to a beautifully crafted, detailed wartime sand world in miniature, on a 1:5 scale.
We visited yesterday, at the 10th of June 2021, you have to buy tickets online with a timelock upfront. Entrance fee € 10,00 p.p.
It was closed during lockdown and reopened at the 5th of June 2021. We couldn't wait to go, one of our favourite days out💕🥰
Written June 11, 2021
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exploringwithjune
The Netherlands321 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Due to Covid, we decided to stay within our own country over the summer. We discovered some new places, including het Zandsculpturenfestijn. To be honest, I went in without many expectations. Our group consisted of four 20-something friends, so it was a different activity than we might have gone too if everything was open and safe.

Having said that, we had a lovely time at the exhibition. I was surprised by how large it was. When we were there, there were two main exhibitions. The first one, about World War II, was really impressive. All of us have studied history, so the information wasn't necessarily new to us, but it was really interesting to see the different depictions of various events and people. Each sculpture has a sign with some more background information. The information was really extensive.

The second exhibition consisted of sculptures that each represented a different city. We had a blast trying to figure it out. Some sculptures were more like a riddle, while others were real depictions of the city; this was a great combo. I also liked that they had some really well-known cities, as well as more surprising choices. I feel like it was really doable to solve the puzzle, also with kids.

Aside from the sand sculptures, there are some other activities. Most excitingly for kids; there is a little monorail. Also there was a lovely man with a barrel organ. He let kids play the instrument and gave them a diploma after completing the song. There is a huge playground and a shop. Facilities like the toilets were clean and there was a little restaurant area.

Prices were really reasonable, especially considering the amount of effort put into everything. We walked around for a couple of hours, but I definitely you can fill a whole day if you go with kids.

One downside was that inside, at the exhibition about the cities, the path was quite narrow, making it more difficult to maintain distance. This was especially the case when people in front of behind you moved at a different pace.
Written January 25, 2021
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ArjanvR
Breda, The Netherlands89 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Very good handcrafted sculptures in different styles. Each tells its own story, completed with lights and nicely decorated. The outside sculptues had suffered from the weather, because it was already open for half a year.
Written October 25, 2019
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Schoolgirl
St Martins, UK123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Friends
We were taken to this exhibition by Dutch friends and had no idea where we were going or what we were going to see. We just could not believe the amazing sculptures all depicting either scenes from Old Dutch Masters paintings or over life size ones of the painters themselves. One of your reviewers said the entrance was not cheap. No it is not but my word it IS value for money! We were in there for over an hour and a half and I am sure, we could have gone round again and still not taken it all in. One not to be missed if you are in the area. I understand that the theme changes each year and am looking forward to returning next year to see what it is.
Written September 8, 2018
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Petros
Limassol City, Cyprus296 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
A fantastic park full of sculptures, some of wood and the most made from sand. A treated sand but still …from sand. Every year there is a theme for the sand sculptures. This year’s one is Dutch Masters. Just amazing! But its not only the sculptures which can enjoy them indoor and outdoor. There are playgrounds for kids, shops and restaurants and around the park, forest with paths for walking or biking. You can spend in the area from two hours to a day! Perfect for kids. Also dogs allowed in all spaces.
Written July 10, 2018
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Alison K
Meath, Ireland18 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Family
We went to this tourist attraction on the recommendation of the lady in the tourist office (vvv) in Putten but if you're an English speaking person its probably best avoided! Expensive to get in €8.50 and while initially we went WOW over the first few sculpture, we soon got tired of seeing samo samo especially as the person sculpted meant nothing to us. There was one part where all the Dutch folk were singing, obviously Dutch nursery rhymes and they seemed to love it, but again to us it meant nothing so we breezed through them. A few short lines in English, and perhaps other languages too, re each sculpture would turn this attraction around at no expense. Also we noticed a lot of tacky souvenirs around ,like a trio of croaking frogs- Huh!!, which did nothing for us- So while we LOVED Holland and found the folk there to be so helpful and pleasant this is one attraction that, in our opinion, is best avoided.
Written September 28, 2014
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CH_globalview
The Hague, The Netherlands249 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
This is a bit of an experience. A winding walk through more than 80 sand sculptures explaining Dutch history. If you can’t read Dutch probably not for you. Vaguely reminiscent of 1950s seaside town amusement parks.
Written December 31, 2022
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Neil L
Son en Breugel, The Netherlands61 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
We started with a cup of tea and a cake which was very good. The sand sculptures were excellent and it took us nearly 2 hours to see it.
Written September 24, 2020
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Anco M
Aberdeen, UK660 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Family
Staying in Epe, we decided to visit the Sand Sculptures in Garderen. What a pleasant surprise! It is sent in an environment with garden shops and restaurants. The sand sculptures themselves are magnificent, from the nice entrance indoors to the world scenes outdoors, going into the area with an outrageous animal scene and finishing with 25 scenes from modern Dutch history. An absolute must that took us about 2 hours.
Written September 21, 2019
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Louise J
Denmark104 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
We've seen sand sculptures before, but none as impressive as these! The area containing the sand sculptures is huge, so even if the price may seem a bit high, it's definitely worth it. This year's theme was "Travel around the world", and since you're supposed to be on a trip, the first thing that meets you is a corridor formed as the inside of a plane - very inventive. Some of the sculptures are located inside and some outside. During your walk around the area you'll see impressive building from around the world, world leaders, animals and much more - it's difficult not to be impressed.

Parking at the site is free, and the sculptures can be visited until November 2nd. The site is open from Monday to Friday from 10-17.30 and Saturday from 10-17.00.
Written August 24, 2019
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