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bus transportation

by marylaw

Is there bus service to Memdenblik? If so How often, when and what is the cost?

Re: bus transportation

by vtveen

You have to go by bus to Schagen Station (line 152)
Train to Heerhugowaard > change train to Hoorn
From Hoorn to Medemblik bus (line 39)

The train from Schagen leaves every 30 minutes till 15.15 hours and then once a hour. An one way ticket will be about € 10,-

Re: bus transportation

by pieter_jan_v

I guess you mean the city of Medemblik.

You can travel by train to enkhuizen and from the train station taje the Connexxion bus #39 to Medemblik.

One way train ticket from Amsterdam Euro 6.90
Bus ticket Euro 3.20 (if you use a 15 zones Strippenkaart).

A 15 zone Strippenkaart costs Euro 6.80; more at:


Re: bus transportation

by vtveen

pieter jan: ik denk dat hij/zij van Schagen naar Medemblik wil ???

Re: bus transportation

by pieter_jan_v

Ooops, sorry, you want to travel from Schagen.

Jaaps, directions are valid through the day.

At certain times in weekdays there's a special direct school service bus, Connexxion # 632. 10 strippen € 4,53


Travel Tips for Schagen

Cycle part of the surrounding dam (omringdijk)

by nighthawk

The so called wheels *wielen* are reminders of dam bursts of the past. These are not only found at the dam as we know it now, but also are visible in Schagen, Valkoog and Sint Maarten.
De Zijpe, which was drainaged only after half a century hard labour in 1597.
When the sea bursted through the dam at the coast in the 12th century it ruined lots of land but at the other hand created great new lands as well, which were later secured with a dam. The people lived on high places, so called *terpen* and behind the dams and did so since the 11th century. Terpen are occupied hills and are found mainly round Warmenhuizen and Schagen.

Just before you reach Krabbendam is an remarkable symmetric bend in the dam. Here is the place where once another castle of Florens IV was.

Three dams meet in Krabbendam: West Frisian Sea dam, West Frisian dam and the old Schoorl Sea dam (once known as the Rekerdam, which once enclosed the Zijper inner sea).
The Schoorl dam leads you into Alkmaar. Right next to it is the North Holland canal. The dam now is not that high.
At your right are the high dunes of Schoorl and at your left hand is the parceled out land of Geestmeerambacht.
Koedijk has an original raft bridge over the canal. Here also is a nice mill.
Before you know it you have reached the out skirts of Alkmaar, in the old days the Grote or Laurens church was a beacon to guide you but nowadays modern buildings prevent a look at it. A good bike, some tape in case you get unlucky, raincoat and a camera.

Alkmaar - inevitable cheese market

by vtveen

When staying in Schagen on a Friday (April till September) you really should consider visiting the most famous cheese market of the Netherlands. We did it on our way home and made an extra stop (by train) in Alkmaar.
This was a ‘new’ visit after about 30 years and we enjoyed it very much.

Of course it is quite a touristy site and during our visit with splendid weather there were crowds in the city and especially on the Waagplein. There were rows of spectators, but with a little bit patience - perhaps 5 or 10 minutes - we got a place at the fence.

We arrived at 10.45 am and the square in front of the beautiful weigh house had still a lot of cheeses (the later you come, the less cheeses are left !!). White dressed cheese carriers pick up 8 cheeses on a wooden barrow and are (almost) running - the cheese carriers dribble - with this rather heavy load of about 125 kilos to the Waag, where it is weighed on a special cheese scale. Once it is weighed the carriers bring the cheese to a vintage cart and from there it is transported to a modern truck, waiting in one of the side roads.

If you do want to buy a (piece of) cheese it is possible from a cart on the square or in one of the stalls or shops around the cheese market. The Waaggebouw (Weigh House) houses also the Dutch Cheese Museum (

The cheese market takes place from the first Friday in April until the first Friday in September: 10.00 am - 12.30 pm. There are two verbal presentations to visitors, in Dutch, German, English and French.

Alkmaar is situated about 20 km's south from Schagen; easy accessible by car but also by train as we did. Every half hour there is a train leaving from Schagen to Alkmaar for a 20 minutes ride.
Once in the city center, follow the signs (or the crowds) to the cheese market, Waagplein, Alkmaar.

Alkmaar - Wildemanshofje

by vtveen

Most (foreign) visitors of Alkmaar are just heading to the cheese market on Friday mornings. This is of course one of the highlights in the Netherlands, but if you have some spare time I highly recommend walking around the old city of Alkmaar.

At least we were happy running away from the crowds. Along one of the canals in Alkmaar we saw a sign for the ‘Wildemanshofje’. After an easy walk - perhaps 500 meters from the city center - we found this hidden gem at the ‘Oudegracht’.
We passed the gate building with a sculpture of a ‘wild man’; referring at the name of the founder - Gerrit Florisz Wildeman - of this ‘hofje’. He built these almshouses in 1717 for poor elderly woman from Alkmaar.
The courtyard with a symmetric garden and lined with linden trees just coming into bud is surrounded by 24 (small) houses. In the garden is another sculpture of a wild man with a club.

We have visited many ‘hofjes’ in the Netherlands, but this was one of the most beautiful ones; a real quiet and peaceful oasis in this - on a Friday - hectic city

Alkmaar is situated about 20 km's south from Schagen; easy accessible by car but also by train as we did. Every half hour there is a train leaving from Schagen to Alkmaar for a 20 minutes ride.
Once in the city center, follow the signs for ‘Wildemanshofje’, Oudegracht 45-91, Alkmaar.

Texel - less than 90 minutes from Schagen

by vtveen

We have visited both Schagen en Texel and now realising the wonderful island of Texel is a doable daytrip from Schagen, even by public transportation. Using train, bus and ferry make it possible to avoid possible waiting times at the ferry between Den Helder and Texel.

I would recommend exploring Texel on a rental bike, which is available immediately after disembarking the ferry at the harbour of ‘t Horntje ( Don’t worry about a bike: Texel has 10.000 rental bikes.

On your bike trip rather concentrate on the southern part of the island with some cute villages, polder landscape (with lots of Texel sheep) and the dunes. An itinerary you could do in a couple of hours (bike) time is:
- Starting in ‘t Horntje: ferry harbour and pick up your bike
- north along ‘De Rede’ and ‘Redoute’; visit Fortress ‘De Schans’ (‘Schansweg’); a little bit further along ‘Zuid Haffel’ you will find the Georgian Cemetery.
- back and further till Oudeschild with its harbour, mill and museum.
- further north along ‘IJsdijk’ and ‘Lageveld’ till Oosterend; a very authentic village with the impressive Maartenskerk and a nice square around the church.
- 2 km’s north along the Waddensea you will find wind mill Het Noorden
- from Oosterend to De Waal, the smallest village of the island with less than 100 houses
- follow the signs for Den Burg, the ‘capital’ of Texel with a nice shopping area and cafes/restaurants
- follow the signs for Den Hoorn with its remarkable church
(from Den Hoorn you could make a detour to the dunes and beach)
- return to ‘t Horntje

Train Schagen - Den Helder:
Bus railway station - ferry:
Ferry Den Helder - Texel:

For more info and pics see my Texel page.


by Trillian2005

"The Name of the Town..." West Frisian and means "Say", as in "say, is it really true that...". It is located in the West Frisia region of the province North Holland and has a population of 19.100.
Schagen was founded in the year 975 C.E. and back then it was called Scagha in Middle West Frisian.

In 1415 William VI granted city rights to the town and only 12 years later Philip the Good of Burgundy loaned Schagen to his uncle William of Bronckhorst (one of the seven illegal children of Albrecht of Bavaria) and to Maria van Bronckhorst. William built (well, not by himself but instead he had his workers do it) the Schagen castle in 1440 where he lived after its completion. Parts of the castle still exist, such as a few watchtowers and the moat. Impressively enough, I stayed in a hotel just across from the old castle, so I had a magnificent view of it during the day and at night (as long as I wasn't asleep). Of course, I didn't just look at the castle from my hotel window. Since the castle was located in my immediate vicinity I visited it as well. I really liked it as I'm a big fan of old castles (actually, in general, most castles are old).

In 1894 Schagen was shocked by a double murder, when 17-year old Klaas Boes murdered his 55-year old neighbor and her 17-year old niece. Say, is it really true?

And say, is it really true that from 2005 through 2007 resident Johan Huibers built a replica of Noah's Ark in Schagen? It is said that Johan's Ark was made accessible to the public in April 2007 and, since no replica of the great flood took place that month, the ark was later towed from and to various port cities in the Netherlands as an exhibit.

All things considered, Schagen is a peaceful, friendly and charming little toy town with a picturesque castle. I felt very welcome there. You ought to remember that I visited Schagen long after Klaas Boes lived there and a few years before the ark was built.


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