May 1, 2017

How to Enjoy North Holland with A Journey Through Time

Tuck away in the northwest of Holland contains a small piece of history from a different era in the form of steam trains from the 1900s that still run through the Westfrisian countryside till today.

In fact we were there just last weekend to while away our time and commenced our journey from Enkhuizen with an hour of boat ride to Medemblik.

From there, we knowingly stepped aboard a creaky, chug-a-chug a hissy train  after about an hour of walking about in the city (tiny) center of Medemblik. We then proceeded to experience a 3rd class train ride through time…with no less than a steam train that came right out of 1927!

Our ride from 1927
One of the old train stations

What would only take less than half an hour by a normal train from Enkhuizen to Hoorn, the ride aboard the steam train or otherwise known locally as the Stoom Tram, took about 2+ hours to get us to Hoorn from Medemblik. Definitely not a trip to do if you are in a rush!

All in all including waiting time, the entire train-boat-stoomtram ride through the Westfrisian countryside took us about 4+ hours. Was it worth it? I’ll leave it to you to judge:

Tourist or not, it was a pretty good way to idle away your time. Weather permitting, of course.

Plus and this is a BIG plus: Especially at this time of the year, there really could be no better way to enjoy the beauty of the tulip fields as the train chugged away in full steam while your hair ruffled in the wind. 

The sight left me in awe and I need no convincing to tell the world that the flat land of the Netherlands truly bears one of the most beautiful landscapes I have ever seen. It is one of the things to be grateful for. 

Are you game to choo-choo it? Well, then, go ahead and pick your preferred route! I promise you won’t regret it.


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  1. So gorgeous!! Those tulip fields are to die for! Great photos. I bet the ride started to seem long after awhile, but hopefully you guys had good conversations and played some games to pass the time. I would definitely do a leisurely ride like that!!

    • Oh certainly! I’m with you on this one. It didn’t feel that long for us…we can walk about so that was good, but we brought colouring books to keep the kids occupied while we got ourselves some drinks. :p

  2. I never even knew there was such a thing as a field of tulips! Breathtaking. What a fun adventure you had!

    • Oh yes…we do! They make beautiful aerial pictures too! Too beautiful to ignore. We really are lucky here! ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. The boys would LOVE that for sure. Neither has been on a train, but we have a cargo train that run near our house that they love to watch. They both really want to go on one. Next time we’re in the Netherlands…

    • Next time if you are ever here, you’ll just have to impose on us! ๐Ÿ˜€
      The train is really cool. And they have several different types too.

  4. Robbie Cheadle

    What a lovely post. The train ride sounds terrific and the photos are super. Thanks for sharing.


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