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“steaming good day”

Museum Stoomtram Hoorn-Medemblik
Ranked #1 of 22 things to do in Hoorn
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Owner description: The engine whistles and the fireman shovels coal. Wooden partitions creak, wheels sing and steam hisses. In your carriage you will experience a story from a bygone era. Between the historic towns of Hoorn, Medemblik and Enkhuizen steamtrams meander from village to village across the Westfrisian countryside and a historic steamer with a fantastic saloon-deck sails along the coast of lake IJsselmeer.
Galashiels, United Kingdom
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“steaming good day”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

The glorious weather maybe helped but the day out on the steam tram was a good way to step back in time while you cross the polder. The day ticket at just over 20 euro covers both the tram and the boat but I only did the tram it pays to check the timetable on line before visiting as some days have more services meaning you can get more from your ticket

Visited July 2013
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“'Free' day out if you have a Museum Card!”
Reviewed May 19, 2013

This is a top tip for a day out from Amsterdam if you are in the Netherlands for a few days and have bought a Museum Card (www.museumkaart.nl or available directly from a lot of the big museums in Amsterdam). The reason for this is that both the steam train fare and the paddle steamer fare across the Ijselmeer are covered by the card so there is nothing further to pay!

We started the day by getting the 11am steamer from Enkhuizen. Check the times on the website as they vary throughout the season. If you haven't got a Museum card, then buy the tickets from the VVV tourist office which is next to the train station and also adjacent to where the steamer goes from. The steamer trip takes about an hour and a half and you will see some lovely Dutch barges and tall ships on the Ijselmeer before being dropped in the small town of Medemblik.

You can take the steam tram back directly from here (next to where the boat moors up). However, if you are lucky like us, there will be a steam tram going back about 4:30 giving you a couple of hours to explore pretty Medemblik. There is a very small castle, a wonderful bakery museum, and plenty of places for a nice spot of lunch. There are quite a few tourist trap type eating places but also a few more secluded terraces. We followed the signs to Costas Portugese restaurant which had a pleasant view over one of the harbour areas and was away from any crowds.

The steam tram again takes about an hour, back to the town of Hoorn, where you can complete the triangle back to Enkhuizen or get a quick connection back to Amsterdam. It is a lovely old steam tram, and the driver tells the kids stories (in Dutch). It also stops en route in a small museum station for fifteen minutes, where the children are involved in unloading 'goods and mail' and reloading luggage onto the train.

Without a Museum card the train and paddle boat combined day ticket costs 20,80 euros. You also need to pay about 3 euros to get back to Enkhuizen on the normal railway, or the fare to Amsterdam if you are based there. A great day out if you want to see some nice Dutch scenery. With an overnight stay in Enkhuizen ithis trip can also be combined with a day trip to the excellent Zuiderzee Museum.

Visited May 2013
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Reviewed April 5, 2013

Just getting on the old steam train from Hoorn to medembik is fun. after a nice and relaxing ride to Medemblik you can explore Medemblik and then take the old ferry to Enkhuizen.

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Almere, The Netherlands
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“Life in a different period.”
Reviewed November 19, 2012

Going back in times and see the country side. Between the citys of Hoorn and Medemblik. Small towns with there own history.

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Gosport, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 17, 2012

Great restored railway from Hoorn to Medemblik. Check the web site to make sure it's running the day you go!

Visited October 2012
1 Thank MikeH589
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