Where can you see dragons in the Netherlands?
Den Bosch and Efteling!
On Friday morning, we took the train to Tilburg, and cycled to our campsite on the border of the Loonse en Drunense Duinen national park. After setting up our tent and stashing our bags, we cycled through the beautiful park, about 10k to the Efteling.
Special entrance and bicycle parking at the Efteling.
Sprookjebos includes another bonus dragon (seen here menacing dutch children).
The campsite was a typical dutch campsite, huge lots on a lawn plot big enough for trailers and portico tents. Many dutch families will buy or hire a trailer for the summer, drive it to a campsite and park for over a week at a time. I called ahead to see if they had any spots free and they did. We took Number 3, which had a huge patch of dirt from a longstanding trailer, and some grass skirting the patch. We pitched tent in the grass taking up less than a quarter of the allottment.
Later in the morning (8:20am), a delivery baker drove in and parked. Parents stood in line or sent their kids to go buy breakfast croissants. Very cute.
We took a long route through the Loonse Duinen park and then along a pretty canal into Den Bosch. Next to the train station is a beautiful golden dragon fountain (and a little further from there is a stadbrouwerij). Fun trip!