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Where To Stay For Nijmegen, Netherlands?  
User currently offlineOhthedrama747 From UK - Scotland, joined Jan 2005, 291 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 1 month 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2092 times:

Hi all,

Hoping for some advice from the Netherlands folks out there...

Muse have announced a concert in Nijmegen for June 2010. I've never been to the Netherlands before so I'm seriously considering going. Would anyone please suggest a place to stay nearby for this? I see that Amsterdam is quite far off, is it doable by train or?

Any suggestions would be nice.  Smile

Cheers,
G

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User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4277 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (5 years 1 month 14 hours ago) and read 2052 times:

You can take the intercity train from the airport to Nijmegen. You need to change trains once, at Utrecht Centraal Station.

First train is an intercity bound for final destination Utrecht Centraal (or Eindhoven). These trains run every 15 minutes.
Second train is an intercity service bound for Nijmegen as final destination.
Usually transfer at Utrecht Centraal is easy, since the next train is supposed to leave from the opposite platform.

Actually, do something different and try to stay in either Nijmegen itself, or in nearby Arnhem.
Both cities are very nice, and have a good amount of bars too.

Try at least to get a hotel in the citycentre of at least Nijmegen or Arnhem, and you'll be fine.



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User currently offlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1908 posts, RR: 42
Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 month 12 hours ago) and read 2038 times:
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iirc there is a direct schiphol-nijmegen intercity now? Runs ever half and whole hour I think. I was in nijmegen for a coldplay concert this summer and there were shuttle buses driving from the station to the Goffert park. Only keep in mind that if the concert ends late train traffic to other cities is limitted out of Nijmegen.


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User currently offlineOhthedrama747 From UK - Scotland, joined Jan 2005, 291 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 1 month 9 hours ago) and read 2029 times:

Thanks very much.

Yes, we were planning on staying in Amsterdam or Rotterdam so was wondering about the train back.

I'll look into staying in Nijgemen or Arnhem. This will be my first time ever in the Netherlands so just want to try and get my bearings.

Cheers again,
G


User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12284 posts, RR: 35
Reply 4, posted (5 years 1 month 6 hours ago) and read 2012 times:
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I've only been to Nijmegen once, and lodging was provided in barracks with bunkbeds  Silly


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User currently offlinePetertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3394 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (5 years 1 month 5 hours ago) and read 2006 times:

Whatever you do, take public transport. Whenever there is a concert in Nijmegen half the province grinds to a halt during evening rush hour (and well beyond). Getting a hotel in Nijmegen is recommendable.


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User currently offlineZruda From Czech Republic, joined May 2006, 784 posts, RR: 28
Reply 6, posted (5 years 1 month 5 hours ago) and read 2004 times:

only been to Nijmegen once, and can recommend a good field corner at the other side of the river just across the biggest bridge Big grin well of course sleeping outside must be forbidden by law, but we just got away with it .)


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User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4277 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (5 years 1 month 2 hours ago) and read 1990 times:



Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 4):
I've only been to Nijmegen once, and lodging was provided in barracks with bunkbeds



Quoting Zruda (Reply 6):
only been to Nijmegen once, and can recommend a good field corner at the other side of the river just across the biggest bridge

But this is just a concert, and not the yearly 4-day walking event...

Quoting Petertenthije (Reply 5):
Getting a hotel in Nijmegen is recommendable.

Fully agree!

Quoting Ohthedrama747 (Reply 3):
This will be my first time ever in the Netherlands so just want to try and get my bearings.

So, you better take a hotel in Nijmegen or Arnhem citycentre. Transportation will be good between those 2 cities, also after the concert ends.
Since you're unfamiliar in the country and the city, you might find trouble in returning to the train station after the concert ends. And beware, very limited trains will run continuing all the way to Rotterdam or Amsterdam. Maybe just 1 departure, which you can take, and if you miss it, you are stranded.
Also take note, a taxi will cost you a fortune!
If you stay a few days in the country, you can maybe take another hotel in Amsterdam later on... and just move yourself during your stay.



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User currently offlineSudden From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4130 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (5 years 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1971 times:



Quoting Petertenthije (Reply 5):
half the province grinds to a halt during evening rush hour (and well beyond)

Zo is het toch elke dag in heel nederland! Big grin
During rush hours here it's generally mad, so to add a concert on top of it sounds like lots of fun.  Wink

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User currently offlinePyrex From Portugal, joined Aug 2005, 4068 posts, RR: 30
Reply 9, posted (5 years 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1959 times:



Quoting Ohthedrama747 (Thread starter):
I see that Amsterdam is quite far off, is it doable by train or?

When I was visiting Amsterdam during my Eurail we stayed in Arnhem, just past Nijmegen. The train was an hour or so each way but since we had basically free tickets we just went back and forth, it was cheaper than staying in Amsterdam. So yes, it is doable (pretty much anywhere in the Netherlands is doable, the country is small and the train network is amazing).

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 1):
Try at least to get a hotel in the citycentre of at least Nijmegen or Arnhem, and you'll be fine.

Or you can just do what I did and camp is Warnsborn (I believe), just outside Arnhem. There are buses that run from Arnhem train station to there (although they are a bit pricey and not that frequent) but you get to stay in the only forest in the entire Netherlands (or so they told us, we didn't confirm - apparently all the others were chopped down to build dykes and buildings on stakes). You can always walk from there to Arnhem as well, it's a pretty nice walk (although it takes you a good 45 minutes to one hour).



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User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4277 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (5 years 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1928 times:



Quoting Pyrex (Reply 9):
So yes, it is doable (pretty much anywhere in the Netherlands is doable, the country is small and the train network is amazing).

It's not really doable after a concert ends in Nijmegen and if you are not really familiar. You have not many options from as far as Nijmegen back to Amsterdam close to midnight.

FYI:

The last nonstop direct Intercity from Nijmegen Station to Amsterdam Central Station is leaving Nijmegen at 10:39pm. (Journey time is 1H30) Though, you can manage it later, with a onestop connection, via 's Hertogenbosch. Last option at 12.24am out of Nijmegen (Journey time is 2H18 !). Fare is EUR 30,80 return in 2nd class per person between Amsterdam and Nijmegen.

Quoting Pyrex (Reply 9):
Or you can just do what I did and camp is Warnsborn (I believe), just outside Arnhem. There are buses that run from Arnhem train station to there (although they are a bit pricey and not that frequent)

Probably the same problem rises here. Buses might be very limited at these times of the day (if they go at all already).



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