“ Magalluf / Mallorca / Spain „
On a recent holiday to Spain my friends and I were walking back from a night out when we walked past The House of Katmandu. The reason we took interest in it is because the outside of this building is upside down, looking a bit like an upside-down mansion. Wondering what this was we carried on walking, and when back in our hotel found some leaflets at reception for The House of Katmandu.
Through our hotel we managed to pay only 21 Euros per person to look around the house, play two rounds of golf on the attached golf course and watch one of their 4D films. Each of these things could be done on different days if we wished, so we spread out our experience of Katmandu and I must say we all thoroughly enjoyed it!
The House of Katmandu itself is a little like Ripley's Believe It Or Not with some strange, yet interesting things inside. There are things such as a water piano, which you can play with, models of different places throughout the world, a maze of mirrors and some mechanical robots to look at. I suppose in a way it's a little like a museum, but a museum of "different" things which you can interact with and keep you interested throughout. My friends and I loved this house and found it entertaining for the hour or so it took us to walk around playing with all of the objects. The variety of things in the house made it interesting, as you never saw two things which were similar.
I saw some small children walking around the house getting very impatient. I would say that the house is better aimed at those over 11 or 12 who will take the time to look at everything properly and read the accompanying explanations of things to fully enjoy it.
On two other nights we went and played mini golf at Katmandu. They have two courses - a fire one and an ice one. Each has 18 holes and is just like standard mini golf really, but it was definitely enjoyable. Some of holes are harder than others, and as I had never played mini golf before I found it very enjoyable, even though I had a very competitive friend with me!
Finally, the 4D cinema experience. They have 4 films in total, 2 each day which are repeated every other day. My friend and I were very impressed with these and so we bought cinema tickets for the other 3 which were not included in our ticket. 4D cinema is just like 3D except your seat moves and vibrates, giving you the impression that you are moving through whatever you are watching. I personally love 4D and thought it was wonderful, although someone who was in the theatre with us thought it was very average and didn't seem too impressed.
We also decided to try out the restaurant while we were there and we were very impressed. The waiters were lovely and friendly and the food was delicious. Some of it was slightly pricey but definitely worth it, as we treated ourselves to another meal there the night before we left as we enjoyed it so much!
I would definitely recommend this house to anybody who is visiting Magalluf or the surrounding areas. It is impossible to miss this huge upside-down house and if you can get a deal with your tickets like we did it is definitely worth the money!
The first interviewer did not do justice to the House of Katmandu in Magulluf, Mallorca. What a fun place! It reminded me of Ripley's Believe It Not, but without the sickening things that turn my stomach to look at. That reviewer said something about "a dreary model made out of matchsticks." I don't know what his taste in artifacts is, but you'd have to look pretty far to find anything as amazing as that model of Hogwarts made out of 600,000 matchsticks. In fact, we enjoyed that so much that we looked up the model builder on the web and then visited the museum in Iowa when visiting relatives in the Midwest. Check it out! www.matchstickmarvels.com . The modeler is building Minas Tirith from Lord of the Rings now. There are some cool pictures on the site. (MT is the city built on the side of the mountain.) Hogwarts was about as tall as I am -- 5' 4", but the photo can be misleading and look small. We thought that the matchstick model was the best thing there. Overall, we enjoyed the House of Katmandu.
The House of Katmandu is a tourist attraction located in the centre of Magalluf, Majorca. It's hard to describe what's on offer here - but it's probably best to call it a funhouse. My friend, who has visited before, sold this to me as a sort of Madame Tussauds. Unfortunately this is of a far lower quality - with no real identity, and with not much to entertain.
The House of Katmandu is between Magaluf and Palma Nova and you can't miss it. The outside is by far the highlight of the experience - It is styled to look like an upside down Tibetan-style mansion. There are some nice fire and water features on the walk to the entrance.
As you walk through the house you follow the story of an adventurer and collector - The story is pretty lightweight and boring, and I think it makes the attraction poor quality for kids as there is a lot of reading.
The house consists of a number of different rooms showing apparently amusing and amazing artifacts and illusions. Frankly they are mostly very disappointing. I won't spoil the one or two decent attractions (most work best as surprises) for anyone who goes, and I'm sure someone will be 'pester powered' into going inside.
The House is supposedly filled with "rare artifacts" which mostly turn out to be fake 'natural history', like fish covered in fur, or dreary models built from matchsticks. The museum/ theme park crossover concept has really failed here -This is neither impressive nor amusing - Kids and adults would prefer a real museum than this tat. There are some illusions - but most people have probably seen similar elsewhere, there is nothing new on offer here.
It took me around half an hour to visit the house - This was at a very quiet time - It might drag out for a bit longer at busier times - but a lot of people would make this an even more disappointing experience if it is busy and you cant get close to the exhibits. This wasn't good value at all - I paid about 50 Euros for two. For a family trip it is very expensive as a timewaster (in the case of bad weather for example) as it wont take long at all to be in and out. The layout also prevents you from hanging about or retracing your steps.
You get given some "Katmandu Dollars" (worth £1 or £2) when you go in, which can be spent in the gift shop, bar or restaurant. The shop was full of cheap rubbish, so we decided to get some food as we were going to have dinner anyway - The food was fine - but choice was poor and the service was absolutely shocking! We shouldn't have bothered at all after our bad experience inside the so-called 'attraction'.
I really don't know who this is meant to appeal to. My friend and I decided to visit because she was pregnant, and Magaluf is pretty much a drinking town so that limited our options! I don't think many adults are going to get much out of this though. There is loads of filler and the illusions are basic and easy to work out.
I also don't think there is much for kids here - They will love the outside, and beg to go in, but once inside it is pretty limited. There is lots of reading - so young children are going to find this too difficult or boring. Younger children might also be scared by a few of the exhibits.
For a family day out this is an expensive waste of money - go to Marineland instead for some decent entertainment.
If you want to sample this for yourself (Don't!) here are the details:
Open 10am - Midnight Daily
Free Wireless Internet
Multi Language - English, Spanish, German
AVD PEDRO VAQUER 07181 MAGALLUF, MALLORCA
Tel: 34 971 13 46 60
An intriguing upside-down structure that houses a museum containing a collection of artifacts.