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“'Free' day out if you have a Museum Card!”

Museum Stoomtram Hoorn-Medemblik
Ranked #1 of 23 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.
Reviewed 19 May 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.

10  Thank nettyporthole
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Reviewed 5 April 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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Reviewed 20 November 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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Reviewed 17 October 2012

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

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Reviewed 18 September 2012

The steam train and boat trip, with a round robin ticket from Hoorn for about $20 is really good value, and a very nice way to spend most of a day. The Zuidermuseum at Enkhuisen (the boat calls here) is also well worth a visit if you are interested in social history, though perhaps is not the best value at about €15 a person.

Enkhuizen is itself a really interesting town, and has some excellent places for a lunch/dinner, as well as having some really interesting old buildings.

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