Bike - do like the Dutch
When visiting Schagen (and the Netherlands) do like the Dutch and move like the Dutch: by bike.
It is very easy, affordable, healthy, environmentally friendly and a great way exploring the area around Schagen with its polders, dunes and cute villages.
In Schagen you can rent a bike from Westenenk Profile Tweewielers (www.westenenk.nl) or if you are staying in Slothotel Igesz (as we did) from the hotel. They both charge the same price of € 8,- for a day.
We used for our bike trips from Schagen the so called 'knooppuntroutes' (‘Numbered Intersections’), a rather new system; now existing in many areas of the Netherlands. It is easy to decide how many km's you want to do on your 'own' tour.
In and around Schagen are these 'Numbered Intersections'. For instance Schagen itself has number 45. Here you decide to which intersection you want to bike next and just have to follow the numbered signs to the intersection you have chosen. At last you can return to the point where your started your bike tour.
All these ‘Numbered Intersections’ do have a map of the area, including distances to other intersections.
It is also possible to create a trip at home by using the website below.
Schagen by train (or bus)
Most visitors will visit Schagen by car, but I have to say that this town in the Top of North Holland is also easy accessible by train. From Amsterdam Centraal the ride takes less than one hour and Den Helder (north of Schagen and a hub for the ferry to Texel) can be reached in just 17 minutes. On our way home we made stop in Alkmaar (for a cheese market visit) and the ‘NS’ stopped after 18 minutes.
Trains to the north and south leave Schagen 2x per hour.
Schagen became already its station - on the so called Staatslijn K - on December 20 of the year 1865. Obvious the present station is restored (many times ??), because it is quite modern. The website http://www.stationsweb.nl/station.asp?station=schagen has pictures of the former Schagen stations.
The railway station is situated a little bit outside the town centre, but an easy walk of 1 km – Landbouwstraat, Laan, Gedempte Gracht - will bring you at the Markt (the main square) and the two hotels of Schagen (Igesz and Markt 15).
Buses leave from the railway station to several surrounding towns like:
Callantsoog, Tuitjehorn, Middenmeer, Nieuwe Niedorp, Den Oever, but also to Alkmaar and Den Helder
Top of Holland
To get a general view of what this province is like you could take your car and drive around.
I prefer cycling yet have undertaken many a car drive for the distances are not to be taken lightly.
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