Sziget Express: Explore Holland!

Sziget Express: Explore Holland!

thursday, may 12th, 2016 / Editors

Hop on board of the Sziget Express, but before you do take your time and rest in Holland before your incredible journey begins. We suggest Amsterdam or Utrecht as they are big cities located close to Amserfoort where the Sziget Express departures. Amsterdam and Utrecht are quiet similar to each other, yet Utrecht is a lot less touristic and as a result you could experience the real Dutch culture. This article is linked to Sziget Express: Not only for dutchies!

melkweg amsterdam(Photo: Melkweg Amsterdam, Netherlands)

#Stay in Amsterdam

Amsterdam has more to offer than windmills, tulips, coffee shops and the red light district. There is a lot to do in this city like visit Museum quarter, the Vondelpark, the shopping streets like ‘De Negen Straatjes’(the Nine Streets) is highly recommended if you like small boutiques and vintage stores and many organic and flea market spread over Amsterdam. And for a couple of drinks walk to ‘De Pijp’ for trendy bars and charming cafés. Many clubs like MelkwegSugarfactoryRadion in Amsterdam ask for an entrance fee, but the nightlife won’t disappoint you!

Booking a hostel in Amsterdam can be pricey during the summer period, but here are some suggestions: Stay OkayAmsterdam Hostel Leidseplein or stay one of the B&B near the arty Jordaan area.

Utrecht(Photo: Utrecht, Netherlands)

#Or stay in Utrecht

Utrecht is a lot more of a cosmopolitan student city. The city has a lot less tourists and for that reason is more pleasant and peaceful to embrace the canals and the hundreds of years of history. If you are more into the culinary Dutch scene, then Utrecht is your pick. Take advantage of the huge restaurant/café terraces and grab a coffee and see for yourself that Utrecht is the only inner city to have wharfs. Utrecht has one of the biggest shopping malls ‘Hoog Catharijne’ and is great for those who want to discover the nightlife check out Club Poema, the music and cultural venue Tivoli or for a couple of beers at Biercade Olivier or Kafé Belgie.

Since Utrecht is not full of tourists, the accommodation prices are a lot cheaper. Check out the Stone Hotel/HostelB&B Utrecht or Hostel Stowis.

#How to travel around

Travelling in the Netherlands by public transport is convenient and easily understood with the interactive public transport app 9292. It regulates all the connections between train, bus, tram, metro and ferry. As a visitor it is best to purchase a disposable one-hour or a day card. Tickets can be bought on the tram itself or in advance here. Simply rent a bike to really experience the Dutch culture.

From Amsterdam or Utrecht there are direct trains driving to Amersfoort. The fastest train from Amsterdam Central Station to Amersfoort is about 35 minutes and costs are about £6,70 (€8.50). Departing from Utrecht is closer and trains drive regularly to Amersfoort and takes about 15 minutes for about £3.55 (€4.50). Tickets can be purchased at the train station.

sziget express(Photo: Sziget Express 2015)

#Tickets & more info

Tickets for the Sziget Express can be found in the Sziget Festival webshop. For more information about the festival trains, see the Sziget Express page.

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