Schagen Travel Guide

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  • Schagen
    by FlyingDutchmen
  • Schagen
    by FlyingDutchmen

Schagen Things to Do

  • Town walk

    Perhaps not necessary, but we bought a booklet at the Tourist Information to make an unguided town walk. The one we had was (of course) in Dutch and I really don’t know if they do have them in other languages, which I hope; otherwise you will miss a lot of information about the buildings/houses and history of Schagen.We started our walk right from...

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  • Museumboerderij Vreeburg

    Vreeburg is the name of a former inner city farm at Schagen.The exhibition inside shows the history and objets of the West Frisian area.Opening hours:April - October: We-Sa: 1.30PM - 4.30PMJuly-August:Also at Su: 1.30PM - 4.30PMand on Th: 9.30AM - 4.30PMAdmission: Euro 4.00 (adult)

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  • Cycling to the polder and cute villages

    Immediately after leaving the last houses of Schagen behind us, we were cycling through a typical polder landscape of vast flat green pastureland, water of ditches and canals, waving reed, water birds, grazing cows and farm houses. Soon we reached the ‘city’ of Barsingerhorn, a cute village which became city rights in the year of 1415....

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Schagen Restaurants

  • dining at the main square

    Schagen has a remarkable number of restaurants and it was quite difficult for us to decide where to have our diner the second day of our short visit. Although not our first choice (which was Grand Café 1741, closed for a private function) we ended up in Restaurant De Posthoorn, almost next to our hotel Igesz.De Posthoorn is located in one of the...

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  • Great quality in a Dutch setting

    The Linke Loetje restaurant is housed in what was a former family house close to the old Church.The furniture is something of everything and the tableware can be equaly divers.The menu comes in the form of a personalized newspaper.Just visit once and let the staff surprise you.Just take a tour through the building, because it's a Dutch...

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Schagen Transportation

  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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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Schagen Shopping

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    by vtveen Written May 6, 2010

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    Although Schagen isn’t that big with its less than 20.000 inhabitants, it has a remarkable number of shops. Unlike many Dutch (bigger) cities the main shopping street is NOT dominated by the (inter)national store chains. No it is still a cosy walk from shop to shop owned by local shopkeepers.

    At least my wife was excited by the fashion shops and I didn’t have any problem finding a shop for a new pair of jeans (got a right-angled tear jumping across a fence shooting a picture).

    Schagen has also its famous Makado shopping centre with about 65 different shops under one roof.

    On Thursdays (from 8.30 am till 1.00 pm) Schagen has a big open air market. During our visit we walked also along the many stalls offering everything you need. The stalls are placed on the Gedempte Gracht, which is also the main shopping street.

    Beside these shopping opportunities Schagen offers a great choice in restaurants, cafes and more.
    Indeed: shop (eat and drink) till you drop !!!

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Schagen Local Customs

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    by nighthawk Updated Feb 26, 2004

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    Or visit the musuem on old local customs. It can be found at the old farm on De Loet. People there are real helpful and fun to talk with.

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Schagen Off The Beaten Path

  • Alkmaar - Wildemanshofje

    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...

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  • Texel - less than 90 minutes from...

    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...

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  • Alkmaar - inevitable cheese market

    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...

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Schagen Sports & Outdoors

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    by nighthawk Written Dec 28, 2002

    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.

    Equipment: A good bike, some tape in case you get unlucky, raincoat and a camera.

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