Are you nervous about taking your baby or child on a plane trip? You aren't alone, most parents are nervous about it. We have moved with the kids to Alkmaar by car this holiday and drove some distances by car on when we were there and we learned a few things that hopefully will help you.
Bring books, old favourite toys and new surprise toys. Do remember that balls are not a good idea as they can end up anywhere! Our best buys were definitely books, especially sticker books are great! They can peel the stickers off, are glossy, have thick pages to turn easy, have bright colours and come in endless subjects. They're a nice break from the other books your child might be tired of, too. Put aside fears of setting poor eating habits, and bring on the snacks! We told Iris: “Welcome to the world of boredom eating."
Toy bars meant for stroller use are a big help in the car, as they often feature toys plus a snack cup, and are big and easy for you to grab from the front seat for refills. During the car trip it’s always a good idea to play a game and sing some songs. It sounds rather easy, but it does work!
We only have one last statement! Just do it! Don’t be afraid that it might go wrong. We have learned this, because we have been travelling with Iris from the beginning. She was only 6 weeks young when we had our first short vacation and stayed in a hotel. Iris has been used to it rather fast and (maybe because of it) has always been an easy kid to get along with.
You need to heed the parking signs if you park anywhere in Enkhuizen. However, there's free unlimited parking behind the train station, which itself is a short walking distance (5 minutes) from the town center.
It is quite easy to get here. You can either come by Train direct from Central Station, in Amsterdam, (18.5euro return ticket) or as I did, because I wanted to stop at some Towns on the way.
I caught the "Arriva" Bus to Hoorn. Bought the "Waterland" bus ticket from the Driver for 7 euros. The Buses leave from the right hand side of Central Station (facing the front of the station) From Hoorn, I bought a return Train ticket to Enkhuizen (6.5euro) The Trains depart every half hour, and the town of Enkhuizen is the End of the line.
Prices are for 2009.
The station opened on the 6th June 1885 and is located at the end of Amsterdam - Enkhuizen railway line. The station and services are operated Nederlandse Spoorwegen. It was recently updated to an Intercity line and is operated by double decker trains - sit upstairs if you can for great views. Trains are every 30 minutes. The station has a nearby ferry departure point with a ferry to Stavoren. There is also a ferry to Medemblik, where you can travel in a triangle using the Steamtrain Hoorn Medemblik from Hoorn to Medemblik, the boat to Enkhuizen and the train back to Hoorn from here.
The town centre is a 5 minute walk and is on the far side of the harbour that is opposite the station as you walk out of it.
There is a season only boat to the Zuider Zee Museum along the quay behind the open air cafe as you come out of the station.
Enkhuizen is a small town and therefore can best be experienced on foot. On the attached map (picture 2) you can see that the old city centre (and most interesting part) of Enkhuizen is quite compact and has still the shape the old fortified walls gave it in medieval times. Walking around Enkhuizen can be done within an afternoon or morning in which the other half of the day should be spend in the Zuiderzee museum.
Enkhuizen is a historic harbourtown, so what nicer way you could enter then by (sail)boat. Many people do so, coming to Enkhuizen over the IJssel- or Marker meer (meer = lake). However, for the less fortunate, Enkhuizen has an exceptional possibility for (car_drivers to also arrive in this harbourtown from the water. A 28 kilometer long dike stretches straight through the waters of the IJssel- and Marker- lake, coming from Lelystad. Definately a recommendation for foreigners that seek the impressions of "Holland, country under the sea".
Train rides are popular from Amsterdam to Enkhuizen, but from there the line is not leading any further and return to the capitol. Stop- and Intercity trains run an hourly services, which makes it possible to leave Enkhuizen every half an hour (or arrive there of course).
Tip: Enkhuizen is also part of a popular transport triangle. From Medemblik by boat to Enkhuizen, by electric train on to Hoorn from where the old touristic steamtrain again takes you to Medemblik.
The Zuiderzee museum is on the signs you will notice. They will bring you to a big guarded parking lot.
From there a small ferry will bring you to the outdoor Zuiderzeemuseum as well as in the indoor and/or city of Enkhuizen.
Very fun with kids.