BY ” LE MEILLEUR ESCAPE GAME “
Updated in March 2023
What is the best escape room of the Netherlands?
We traveled the Netherlands in 2020, a few weeks before the lockdown. Then during a second road trip coupled to Belgium in 2022.
Unlike Paris in France, Amsterdam is not really a point of interest to discover the best Dutch escape rooms. The rooms are scattered throughout the country and sometimes even in the remote countryside. The most striking example is undoubtedly “The Dome”, several times winner of the title of “best escape room in the world” at TERPECA. This escape room is located in Bunschoten, a town of about 20,000 inhabitants… That’s why the car is clearly the favorite way to travel during a road trip escape room in the Netherlands.
Specificities of the Dutch escape rooms:
What strikes first in the Dutch escape rooms is the remarkable ceiling height.
We even sometimes go through several floors on the same room. This gives remarkable perspectives and allows to appreciate even more the setting.
Consequence of the first two points: the overall surface of an escape room is well above the french average.
The sound system is much bigger than in France. One of our friend said about it: “In Holland, the walls vibrate”.
High-end setting: no faking of materials but an authentic and credible look.
A special effect to mark the transition between two rooms that is frequently found. A real Dutch trademark that you probably recognized if you’ve ever played in Holland..
Perfect fluency in English. There is no difficulty in communicating with the game-master before and during the game, unlike Spain for example.
The quality of the scenarios is essential with a remarkable work to engage players in a particular universe.
Beyond what can be expected from an escape room. The Dome exceeds the limits of the possible and the imaginable. Never before have we been so disoriented by an immersive adventure. Is the Dome the climax of the escape room? Who will ever be able to do the same?
A powerful sound and a scenario worthy of a great SF movie make The End a world-class venue. An immersive show that will never be forgotten. Did you know that DarkPark collaborated with the creators of Westworld to create this masterpiece?
Down the Hatch
Huge, a bunch of surprises… Molly’s Game has a lot in common with The Dome, but there is a difference in size: the place of the storyline. The script clearly is the centre stage. In addition, Molly’s Game amazes with unique riddles and beautiful set.
Do you like magic and illusionists? So do we. This escape room is a jewel of narration. It will immerse you in a story full of twists and well worked characters. The rooms are full of objects that have really been used for magic tricks. We can say that its creators are concerned with details.
SOUP DU JOUR
Rock City Escape
Game-design fluidity is what best sums up Soup du Jour. What a pleasure to solve these multiple puzzles using mechanisms sometimes totally new. The level of fear is low and remains accessible to most players. We particularly appreciate the remarquable animation at the end of the game.
STAY IN THE DARK
This is probably the biggest escape room we’ve ever visit. Located in a huge industrial area, Stay in the Dark is a mix between urbex and escape room. The interactions with the game-master are as frightening as they are entertaining, even if our actor sometimes seemed tired of his work.
The reference room on “Shining”. Who would have imagined that a small town in the Netherlands hosts an escape room of this quality? From the lobby, we feel that Kamer 237 is doing amazing things. Once inside, the magic happens more than once and obviously we won’t tell you how.
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN
Next Level Escape
It is a room that starts off fairly banally and ends in apotheosis. We can’t tell you anything about the twist of the adventure. This brand hides one last surreal room whose content is not or little exposed on the web.
THE GIRL’S ROOM
The Girl’s Room offers a breathtaking and anxiety-provoking staging. The huge playing space, its ingenious transitions and its beautiful decoration represent its strengths. Note that as for The Dome, the other room of Escape Room Nederland, you can see the best moments of your party during a video debrief.
The Escape Room Rijswijk
This exploration of death row offers a surprising introduction. It gives realistic and immersive scenery. The final sequence contains a beautiful special effect: one of your actions will radically change your environment…
THE HONEYMOON HOTEL
The Honeymoon Hotel looks like these luxurious American properties of the past century. You know, the ones where the concierge puts a little doorbell in case of need. The room was a a bit old when we played it in February 2020. However, it has quality special effects, not terrifying but effective enough to keep you tense.
WATER OF LIFE
Emmelocked Escape Room
A fairy room that makes players travel in an enchanting universe. Everything is homemade with a lot of expertise in the production. A remarkable playing space and parallel puzzles that will adapt well to large groups.
HERE I AM
Escape Room Katwijk
Even if the game design does not contain much surprises, Here I Am is an excellent puzzle room. We like to go back to these classics enhanced with decorations of new generation and removed from its old locks.
With a uncommon theme, Questomatica offers an atypical room with pleasant manipulations. Mario fans know where they can experience their passion in real life now…
The Escape Room Rijswijk
Jason’s Curse has all the features of a first-generation room. Immersion and puzzles have since reached a higher level. To get an idea, play The Execution, the other room of the brand.
A consistent room without being spectacular in terms of special effects or scenery. Some actions are pleasant to perform. The rooms lack of fantasy considering the opportunities offered by this dreamlike story.
The Great Escape
The Experiment is an inconsistent escape room. Its part of madness and role-play catch up with classic puzzles. Each player is entitled to a personalized briefing that arouses some fear by anticipation. The actors’ interpretation sounds right. They will intimidate the most sensitive of you.
THE AMSTERDAM CATACOMBS
Amsterdam Catacombs has an authentic set, with all that this has advantages as well as inconvenients. Perfect to jump right into the game, not necessarily to make a great impression. Priority is given to interaction with actors during good-quality immersive theatre sequences, for which the knowledge of English is essential.
IF WALLS COULD WHISPER
A spacious and beautifully decorated room that does not really create fear because of game-design and surprise effects. Choose The End if you only have one room to play at DarkPark.