Dutch-themed 'Holland Park' to open in Spring near Berlin

Dutch-themed 'Holland Park' to open in Spring near Berlin
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A new theme park featuring tulips, green and white façades, a mill, and Dutch cuisine will open in the Spring in the German town of Panketal, just outside Berlin, Belga News Agency reports.

“Holland Park” is the brainchild of Theo Roelofs, a 56-year-old Dutchman who has been living for close to three decades in Germany, where he already manages many theme gardens.

The 10-hectare park is a 20-year dream of his, Roelof says. In the Netherlands, “I visited an open-air museum close to Amsterdam with the family, with windmills and small houses painted in dark green and white edges,” he recalls. The idea remained with him ever since.

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The park could welcome between 1,000 and 1,500 persons per day, and even more at the weekend. Its main building will include a market offering Dutch culinary fare. The complex will also have a garden centre, an outdoor playground and a climbing gym, all of which will surround a courtyard that will be called the “Binnenhof” (Dutch for “courtyard”).

Holland Park’s outdoor attractions include toboggans and a small farm meant for the youngest visitors. Tulips, the Dutch national emblem, will grow all around the park, which will employ about 140 persons.

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