Step Into Madurodam

Explore Holland’s Smallest City

Madurodam is a Dutch theme park based on a 1:25 scale version of The Netherlands’ most famous landmarks and cities.  Join the 650,000 yearly visitors admiring 350 model buildings and 65,000 residents in a town the size of a football pitch!

The Big History Of A Little Idea

After World War II, the parents of George Maduro, a Dutch patriot killed heroically in battle, wanted to honor their son with a ‘living memorial’ in The Hague. Working with some local students, volunteers began constructing their favorite buildings in miniature, creating a little town that quickly gained popularity among the residents.

The charity project was symbolic, as it reflected the reconstruction that was actually happening all over The Netherlands. Soon donations of time, resources and money poured in, and architect S.J. Bouma became involved. He created a 1:25 scale township that included recreating some of the country’s most important landmarks, making the project popular all over Holland.

The first phase opened to much fanfare in 1952 and it was an immediate success. Dutch businesses like Unilever, Shell and Philips supported the effort, so the enterprise expanded over the next few decades. KLM’s support helped facilitate a miniature Schiphol Airport, while the NS Rail financed a working model railway for the little city.  Further expansions in the 1990s added the entry building and the lighthouse, with more recent additions of a flight simulator, an interactive theater unit and an event space.

An ever-popular attraction, in 2022 the Madurodam observed its 70th anniversary and celebrated over 60 million visitors since 1952.

Visiting The Madurodam

Arranging your visit to The Netherland’s smallest city can be done easily through their excellent website, but here are some practical tips you should know.

Tickets purchased online beforehand are € 22.50 versus € 24.50 at the venue. The Museumkaart is not accepted, but discounts for groups can be explored.

The Madurodam hours are 11am to 5pm every day, so plan to visit in the afternoon except at the height of tourist season – generally June & July. In mid-summer, make an exception and get there just as they open, to avoid the lines and awkward crowds. Plan on at least two hours here. Visitors arriving after 4pm may be turned away.

If you want a tasty lunch, there are two restaurants, the Taste of Holland and the Panorama Café, both tourist-priced but decent enough for an outing.

This attraction is family-friendly, there’s something for everyone here.  That said, senior guests might find the walking a challenge and may not enjoy the playground, the rides or the simulators.  Older teenagers may be less interested than their younger counterparts, but families that tour together seem to be the happiest. In general, if the weather is rainy or the temperature is extreme, don’t go – you’re outside a majority of the time in the elements.

There is free wi-fi throughout the facility. Lockers are provided as are kennels for pets, which are NOT ALLOWED to roam any part of the park at any time.

Tips For Traveling To Madurodam

There are essentially three ways to get to the attraction, but public transportation is by far the best and most convenient option.

By Train/Tram/Bus:

You can get to The Hague from anywhere by train, so check the NS website and make your way to Den Haag Centraal Station. From there take the 11-minute #9 Tram to the ‘Scheveningen Noord’/’Madurodam’ tram stop – it’s the sixth stop on the way to the beach. You can also take the 15-minute ride on bus #22 (‘Den Hague Duindorp’) and arrive at ‘Madurodam’ after 8 stops.

By Foot/Bike/Scooter:

On mild, clear days it’s possible to reach this tiny village on foot (35 minutes) or with a bike (15 minutes) from the Scheveningen Beach area by following the #21, #22 or #23 bus route exactly southeast for 2.5 km, then follow the signs. Scooters must stay on Badhuisweg, but there’s a dedicated bike path (Nieuwe Parlaan fietspad) for bicycles. From Centraal Station, walk (35 minutes) or cycle (15 minutes) northwest straight up Koningkade to the park entrance.

By Car/Van/Motorcycle:

While not recommended, if you must go by car prepare yourself for parking issues. The Madurodam has an expensive but convenient carpark for €11 a day, while the scarce street parking is €4 an hour and some distance from the park.

From the A12 & A4 simply follow the signs for the Madurodam to the slip road for the Hubertus Viaduct – stay right and take your first exit. Turn left under the viaduct and the car park is on the right.

From the N14 and beach areas, again make your way to the viaduct and follow the signs to the attraction and local parking.

Videos About The Madurodam