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“A trip full of nostalgia...”

Museum Stoomtram Hoorn-Medemblik
Ranked #1 of 21 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.
Pune, India
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“A trip full of nostalgia...”
Reviewed 24 August 2013

I am a fan of trains, especially locomotives and travelling in a train pulled by a steam locomotive was like a dream come true. We took this train from Medemblik to Hoorn on a nice summer afternoon. The trains chugs along very slowly, and lets you feel the thrill of riding in a 1926 era carriage while viewing the beautiful countryside and watching and smelling the smoke from the locomotive. The engine lets out sweet toots every now and then to make the trip even more nostalgiac. Worth every penny spent. Enjoy some poffertjes and coffee from the buffet car to enjoy the hour and a half of pure bliss even more. A must do trip for rail fans and any tourist in general.

Visited August 2013
2 Thank Nimish G
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“A real treat into history”
Reviewed 14 August 2013

Take the old steam train and travel between two old cities in the north of Holland. A treat for the whole familiy and couples alike.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank Frans K
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Umbria, Italy
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“If you like steam.......”
Reviewed 30 July 2013

.... and especially old steam locomotives, then this is a must-do when in the area. Run by volunteers this leisurely 'company' is one of the best !

Visited June 2013
2 Thank Francois D
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Galashiels, United Kingdom
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“steaming good day”
Reviewed 8 July 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
1 Thank bruce h
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“'Free' day out if you have a Museum Card!”
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.

Visited May 2013
10 Thank nettyporthole
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