Het Volk Van Laaf
The Efteling is home to a special group of people – the Laafs. All over Laafland you can see the Laafs go about their daily business. They go to school, make music and uhm… like to take naps! The bakers are busy baking their bread, but oh dear... watch out! There’s one hanging onto the windmill’s sail!
Why not take a walk through Laafland to discover more of these interesting creatures, or alternatively, get a bird’s eye view from the Monorail above.
The People of Laaf moved to the Efteling in 1990 and were invented by Ton van Veen. The Monorail takes visitors on over and across Laafland. The 450 metres of rail take you past all of the sights in this quaint little place.
360 Panorama View
360 Panorama View
1. Lonkhuys (Oglehouse):
This is the first house you see when you walk into the Laven Laar.
From this house you have a good overview of the town square.
(You also pass through here on the monorail)
2. Lot’s Kraamhuys (Lot's Maternity House):
In the Maternity House, the small Laven are reared by Ancient Mother Lot.
There she also draws the lots of the elderly population of Laaf, so they can continue to live peacefully again.
There is also an old Laaf, you can tell by his belly how often his lot was drawn.
Did you know that there are two Laven with the same name?
3. Lal’s Brouwhuys (Lal's Brewing House):
This is the brewery of the Laven.
They make the tastiest drinks like Lal: Laafse Lurk, Lebber and Lime.
Outside a Laaf is sleeping quietly.
4. Lurk en Limoenhuys (Lurk and Lime House):
Formerly a kind of cafe where the visitor could enjoy all Laafse delicacies.
Now an eternal 'work in progress'
5. Leunhuys (Lean House):
This is also one of the houses the monorail passes through.
Sitting on top of a bar are a few Laafjes.
when one of the small Laven turns on the power to the lamp, the Laaf that’s holding the lamp will get a jolt.
6. Loof en Eerhuys (Praise and Honour house):
This is where the Laven came out of the ground in 1990 NC.
You can see the hole they came out of and the stairs they used to come out.
On the other side of the building is the statue of Father Laaf,
who at the beginning of the long journey kicked the great bucket.
7. Lijn’s Zweefhuys (Lijn's Floating House):
A Floating House, that really floats above the water.
On both sides you can use a sort of rope bridge to enter the Floating Huys.
8. Lavelhuys (LavelHouse):
This is also one of the houses the monorail passes through. In the house you see some typical Laven stuff.
9. Leerhuys (Learning House):
Laven also go to school. In Learninghouse teacher Lavi teaches the Laven.
10. Glijhuys (SlidingHuys):
Besides learning there is also time for fun, in the Sliding house there are a number of slides.
On the roof a busy chimney sweep is sweeping clean the chimney.
11. Loerhuys (Looking House):
In the Looking House you will see a well that tells the story of The People of Laaf. The story is told by Wieteke van Dort.
12. Lariekoek Huys (Humbug House):
Every village has a bakery, so this one does too.
You can see the bakers make their bread and Humbugs.
Above the balcony is a Laaf who is angry at another Laaf who is stuck in the sails of the windmill.
13. Lach Huys (Laugh House):
This cottage has a special staircase,
every step has a unique sound.
14. Leed Huys (House of Pain):
The name says it all, you come here if you have suffered,
it is therefore a first aid post.
15. Slakkenhuys (Snails House):
This is the start / end point of the monorail.
Relive the experience in this 360 VR POV!
This dialogue is continuously played in the Loerhuys (Looking House) in the Dutch language. Please find below a translation for your benefit.
Take a good look at how they live. They look a bit like us, and who knows, they have learned some things from us maybe we can learn something from them.
The translation in a handy PDF
A handy audio file of the translation
A compilation of all the translations of all the audio stories you may come across in the Efteling.