Travelling with (young) kids.
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.
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I must admin that usually i don't trust foreign train services, but this time i have to correct myself.
I lived few months in Holland and i used the Dutch train service many times, simply lovely, great connections to every city and prices not out of mind.
The train is clean, but anyway i suggest to take the 1st class instead of the 2nd.
Take your luggage always under your eye, at the train stops there are stealers jumping on the train just to pick luggages and run away !!!
Amersfoort is located centrally in the Netherlands and therefor one of the main junction points of the national railway.
From each direction several trains arrive every hour.
It takes about 40 minutes to get in Amersfoort from Amsterdam central station, and aproximately 20 minutes from Utrecht Cental.
You can check schedules and prices on website of de nederlandse spoorwegen ( Dutch railways )
Amersfoort central station
One of the advantages of Amersfoort is that it is situated in center of the Netherlands. So you can easily go in any direction by train when boarding at Amersfoort central station, it's an important transferhub. It has many important direct trainroutes, to the west you have connections to Amsterdam, Schiphol (Amsterdam Airport), Rotterdam, the Hague, Utrecht and Hilversum. To the east you can go to Zwolle, Assen, Leeuwarden, Groningen, Apeldoorn, Deventer, Enschede. Besides these mayor stations, Amersfoort central stations has a connections to smaller ones to nearby towns and villages. A couple times per day a international train to Berlin leaves here. Amersfoort has two other trainstations: Amersfoort Schothorst and Amersfoort Vathorst. These mainly function as daily home-work commuting stations.
Amersfoort central station functions as the bushub for the city, with buses towards every corner of the city and busconnections to places in the nearby region. Other options are to rent a bike (which is a possibility at most Dutch trainstations) or to take a taxi, which both are situated in front of the main entrance.
The Amersfoort bus station
From the Apeldoorn busstation at the South side of the main train station the following local bus service is available:
- 1-Local Amersfoort
- 6-Local Amersfoort
- 7-Local Amersfoort
- 8-Local Amersfoort
- 9-Local Amersfoort
- 10-Local Amersfoort
- 19-Amersfoort DHV
Intercity bus services:
- 52-Utrecht CS
- 56-Wijk bij Duurstede
- 103-Local Amersfoort
- 183-Scholierenlijn (Schoolbus)
- 252-Utrecht Uithof
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Taxi in Amersfoort
If you really have to move outside or inside Amersfoort, i suggest to call Taxi Boute.
They do a standard rate of 9.95 Euro all inside Amersfoort, doesn't matter where you go, and if you spend less, well you pay less. Sounds strange but is true.
They also have a nice after hours service, just call and ask for a taxi.
Standard rate to go from Amersfoort to Amsterdam airport il 60 Euro, instead of almost 130 Euro.
How to move inside Amersfoort
If you want to move inside Amersfoort, you can do it even by simply walking.
But if you prefer to feel like an "insider", think about renting a bike, you will love to go around biking and looking at nice small streets and places.
If you have to move far from Amersfoort i suggest to take a taxi, they are not so expensive.
Amersfoort is located at the crossing of major North-South and East-West rail road tracks.
Each half hour trains ride to Amsterdam/Schiphol Airport or to Utrecht-The Hague/Rotterdam to the West/South and to Zwolle-Groningen/Leeuwarden or Apeldoorn-Deventer-Enschede to the North/East.
To guarantee an uninterrupted service rail road track flyovers have been build at the East side of the station.
To all 4 directions local trains run in between and if possible some cargo trains too.
So there never is a dull moment at the Amersfoort station.
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The only way to see it all up close
The citycentre of Amersfoort is not large. A circle with diameter of around one mile (1 1/2 kilometer). Therefor the town is very good to visit on foot and this way you can reach all places and enjoy them as long as you want to stay there. Within an afternoon you will already have a good impression of this medieval citycentre and go home with a pack of impressions.
Amersfoort and it's canals from the canals
What better relaxed way to see Amersfoort from small boats that run around the canals of Amersfoort. The guide tells you all about the monuments that are passing and often some nice extra stories too.
Getting there easy, parking ... deep sigh
By car Amersfoort is quite good connected to the freeway system in The Netherlands. Around the innertown a ring of parking possibilities of which the ones near the townhall offer the most space in total. These are all paid parkinghouses and please do use them as there is very limited space within the city centre. Worse thing however is that on Sundays all parkinghouses are closed and finding a spot becomes a living hell. Park well oustide the ring, which saves you time. After a few minutes your walk can then start into the town and along the canals.
Trains and cars bring you in the right spot
Though the central railwayjunction is in Utrecht, Amersfoort is also on the crossrails of a few tracks. Amsterdam, Hilversum, Utrecht, Harderwijk, Barneveld/Nijkerk and Apeldoorn are the directions one can immediately go to from the station and thus also come from and visit the town. The central station is situated outside the attractive centre-ring, but within 10 minutes walk one starts the joy of Amersfoort.
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