Cost of a day out rockets

The cost of a day out rose steeply in the past five years, the central statistics agency CBS said on Thursday.

A day at the zoo, museum or theme park went up by an average 19% over the period, almost double the 11% rise in the inflation rate.

For a visit to a cinema, theatre or festival prices rose 25%, partly due to an increase in the value-add tax (btw) from 6% to 19%, the CBS said.

The CBS said the rise in prices is also due to the loss of subsidies and the necessity of constantly updating attractions and adding new ones.


A spokesman from Blijdorp zoo confirmed this to Nos television. ‘We are continually investing in the welfare of the animals and the enjoyment of our visitors,’ he said. ‘And there is a lot of competition.’

In order to earn back the cost of a new giraffe enclosure and butterfly garden, Blijdorp had to raise its price by 14% over a five year period.

Goof Lukken of the specialist college NHTV told the Nos: ‘People still take days out but they take their own food and drink in order to keep the cost down.’ has been free for 12 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. Your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch.
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