Around Alkmaar by canal boat
a bonus was to find out about the opportunity of canal tours around Alkmaar and so cheap - 4.75 and 5 euro for the two competing companies - was a matter of deciding which looked the best deal but when was revealed to have an enclosed boat and the other an open top for such a lovely, warm/hot day it was definitely the open top tour for me!
a great way to get around and see Alkmaar taking in the canals around the town centre where the canals are lined with residential homes and businesses but largely old homes some dates spotted as 17 or maybe 16 something, and then out into the large 'ring' canal that goes around Alkmaar.
the other boat goes out of Alkmaar and shows more of the countryside so you could do both if you wished or unlike me were staying around longer!
a nice opportunity too to relax and wind down and enjoy the sights for an hour or so after running around all day getting to Aalsmeer and then down to Alkmaar, rushing to find the cheese market and some shopping! and also enjoy the wonderful warm weather of Holland in July!
The tours went quite frequently - as often as the boat emptied it was refilled and set off again so there was little waiting time really.Related to:
- Arts and Culture
- Historical Travel
We took a car down to the Cheese Market in Alkmaar. It's not hard to find the place, but it's hard to look for a parking space. My advice to you is to go early! You won't loose out anything if you go early...believe me... ;-)
Row, row, row your boat
You can explore Alkmaar using a rental row boat. The start location is at the Geestersingel 15A at the Singelgracht canal. The boats are for rent from April through October (business hours see the website).
Prices range from € 15.00 for one hour.
A € 100.00 deposit is mandatory; the renter must be 18 years or older, ID mandatory.Related to:
- Sailing and Boating
- Family Travel
Alkmaar local buses
The following buses are operated by the Maxx company:
-1 Alkmaar Station - De Hoef
-2 Alkmaar Daalmeer - Alkmaar Station - Alkmaar Overdie
-3 Alkmaar Daalmeer - Alkmaar Station - Alkmaar Overdie
-4 Alkmaar Daalmeer - Alkmaar Station - Alkmaar Overdie
-5 Alkmaar Station - De Hoef/Van Goghlaan
-6 Bergen Plein - Alkmaar Station - Heerhugowaard
-8 Alkmaar Station - Beverkoog
-10 De Hoef/Van Goghlaan - Alkmaar Station - Oudkarspel
-123 Alkmaar Station - De Rijp
-129 Alkmaar Station - Purmerend Tramplein
-130 Alkmaar Station - Kreileroord
-151 Alkmaar Station - Julianadorp
-157 Alkmaar Station - Schagen Station
-160 Alkmaar Station - Heerhugowaard
-161 Alkmaar Station - Ursem
-163 Alkmaar Station - Uitgeest Station
-165 Alkmaar Station - Egmond aan Zee
-167 Alkmaar Station - Beverwijk Station
-210 Alkmaar Station - Oudkarspel
The following buses are night buses:
-N60 Alkmaar Station - Heerhugowaard (weekends only)
-N69 Alkmaar Station - Amsterdam Marnixstraat (Saturdays only)
The following buses are Qliner buses:
-350 Alkmaar Station - Heerhugowaard - Den Oever - Leeuwarden Station
-351 Alkmaar - Heerhugowaard - Den Oever - Afsluitdijk - Zürich - HarlingenRelated to:
- Budget Travel
- Road Trip
buses around the area
watch out, they stop running very early (like 10pm). so if you are out late in alkmaar and need to get back you have to get a train. always plan for this in advance and make sure you buy a train taxi ticket - its the cheapest and most convinient way to get home after a night out
The Canal Boat Tour
Take the canal boat tour to discover Alkmaar from the water.
Startpoint: Mient (close to the Waagplein).
De Kraak boats.Related to:
- Family Travel
Dillenburgstraat 1, Alkmaar, 1814 JV, nl
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This hotel is situated a bit away from the centre of town in a residential area to the south. It’s...more
Geestersingel 13, Alkmaar, NH, 1811, NL
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