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Jan 7th, 2010, 11:17 AM
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Accomodations near Keukenhof, Netherlands

Greetings we will be visiting Keukenhof mid April and are seeking specifics on where to stay. We will have a car so transport is not an issue. Could anyone recommend an inn or bed and breakfast accommodation? When we travel to Germany we prefer to stay a small family run guest houses that are not in large cities and we would like to do the same in April. Lisse has been suggested. Any other feedback would be greatly appreciated.
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Jan 7th, 2010, 11:24 AM
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Palenque recently stayed in a nice B&B in Haarlem - maybe he'll tell you where it was.
There are also several B&Bs around Lisse - if you do a google you will find them. You could also contact the VVV (tourist board) - www.hollandrijnland.nl
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Jan 7th, 2010, 11:42 AM
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Haarlem is a very short drive from the Keukenhof and yes i will get the name of the nice cozy B&B i stayed in in Haarlem the past week. Haarlem to me is a very very nice city- Leiden is also close to Keukenhof and no doubt has similar B&Bs - Leiden, home to a great and large world-class university may be a bit livelier than Haarlem but both are really cute canal-lace towns. Alternatively you may research B&Bs in more rural areas between Leiden and Haarlem.
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Jan 8th, 2010, 11:22 AM
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Thank you this is exactly the kind of information I need to make reservations. I appreciate the website info and would love the name of your cozy B&B in Haarlem. I believe my husband has visited Haarlem. What is the word for "B&B" in your language????
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Jan 8th, 2010, 11:39 AM
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B&Bs in Dutch are just bed and breakfasts, or maybe kamer met ontbijt, or even logies en ontbijt.
In Friesland they are bed en brochjes, because they use the Fries language for them instead of Dutch/English.
Around Keukenhof though they will be bed and breakfasts I expect.
Breakfast will be a Dutch breakfast - lots of bread, cheese, cooked meats, chocolate hagelslag (sprinkles) and the like.
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Jan 8th, 2010, 11:48 AM
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I will also be visiting Keukenhof around the same time, but I am doing it during a layover.

I want to do:

Schiphol->Keukenhoff->Haarlem for dinner->Schiphol by bus.

What bus numbers do I use for each leg?
Which Ov-chipkaart do I use?
How much do I need to load at Schiphol?
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Jan 8th, 2010, 12:01 PM
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Schiphol take train to Leiden and catch special buses that greet trains and constantly wisk folks to Keukenhof- and you can take bus 50 (or 51?) from Keukenhof to Haarlem and then a unique bus - one that goes on a dedicated right of way, at points on an elevated roadway, toSchiphol's main terminals.

Not sure of number but last week in Haarlem i saw it go by very often - a Connexion bus station is right opposite Haarlem's train station - Connexion seems to run most of the inter-city bus service in Holland.

not familiar as yet with the new Ov-chipkaart system.
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Jan 8th, 2010, 12:05 PM
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www.9292ov.nl gives bus and train info from any point in Holland to another- i found it rather confusing to use but really have not tried much. The special Leiden to Keukenhof buses may not show up. Check www.keukenhof.nlfor details.

The bus from the gardens to Haarlem runs smack thru the heart of the flower fields - a kaleidoscopic journey for sure at that time of year.
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Jan 8th, 2010, 02:56 PM
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The bus from Haarlem to Schiphol is #300. It leaves from the front of the station (not within the bus depot area) and makes a stop on the Gedempte Oude Gracht in front of the V+D department store. Departures are every 10 minutes and the journey is about 45 minutes direct to Schiphol Plaza. It required 7 strips the last time I was there.

For a place to stay in Haarlem (west side) I suggest the B&B Paula. It is very convenient if you have a car but also accessible by bus or taxi, ~€12.
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Jan 8th, 2010, 02:57 PM
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BTW, bus #300 is a large red reticulated bus. You can't miss it!
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Jan 9th, 2010, 07:41 AM
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spaarne, my friend, the whole area in front of the Haarlem train station is currently a huge whole in the ground - the area right in front where Bus 300 stood - the Connexxion bus station is still intact- so not sure where the 300 bus stops but it is not currently in front of the stationas this area is even closed off to pedestrians as the new Station Plaza is created, as signs tout.
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Jan 9th, 2010, 08:13 AM
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jeri -

we stayed in Amsterdam and did a day trip by car to Keuchehof and then Haarlem, where we had supper before returning to Amsterdam, wishing that we'd stayed in Haarlem.

it's just the right size for a few days' stay - big enough for there to be things to do plus good transport links, small enoguh for you to get to know it.

you might like to find out if you could hire bikes as that is a great way to get around in Holland.
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Jan 9th, 2010, 08:20 AM
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greg there is a special bus which runs from Schiphol to Keukenhof during the season, which I believe is combined with the entrance ticket to Keukenhof. That would be the easiest to take to get to Keukenhof - you can buy the ticket at the tourist information in Schiphol. You can also ask them for advice on getting back via Haarlem. Or look at http://journeyplanner.9292.nl/ which is the English version od www.9292ov.nl mentioned by Palenque.
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Jan 9th, 2010, 08:41 AM
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you can rent bikes at Haarlem's train station i believe and then do about a 12-15 mile or so flat putz toe-pedaling thru the tulip and other flower fields to Keukenhof and then continue onto Leiden, put your bikes on the train and return to Haarlem (needing to by a Fiets or bike ticket for the bike, which you load on the train yourself.

Or for tiptoeing thru the tulips, take a train from either Leiden or Haarlem to Hillegom train station (several kms south of Haarlem) and then walk a few miles on side roads thru the heart of the flower fields to Keukenhof - i did this a few years back and then walked to Lisse (a neat smaller town) and took a bus then to a train station on the Leiden to Amsterdam rail line.

i enjoyed walking thru the flower fields as much as the Keukenhof
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Jan 9th, 2010, 09:14 AM
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This was the case last spring anyway: Bus 58 takes you directly from the airport to the entrance at Keukenhof, nonstop as I recall - it took about half an hour or so.
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Jan 9th, 2010, 09:18 AM
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I forgot to say that during the month or so Keukenhof is open, bus 58 ran pretty frequently - at some parts of the day every 15 minutes or so, other parts of the day every half an hour.
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Jan 9th, 2010, 09:31 AM
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Palenque,
Thanks for the news. I haven't been there in a year. According to the Haarlem.nl website they are building an underground garage with capacity for 5,000 bikes. That will free up some space in and around the station!
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Jan 11th, 2010, 11:37 PM
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I looked at: http://journeyplanner.9292.nl/, but I needed to supply precisely where I am starting from to get the info. What I wanted to know were bus routes especially in Haarlem connecting back to Schiphol. By Monte-Carlo type of trials and errors, I found at least two buses, 277 and 300. I poked around the site but can't seem to find a route map. I was hoping to find somethings like this: http://www.campaniartecard.it/zona_1_2.cfm.
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Jan 12th, 2010, 01:28 AM
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Bus 300 goes from Haarlem to Schiphol. Here is the site for the schedule, including route map. Very easy to use.
http://www.connexxion.nl/
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Jan 12th, 2010, 05:48 AM
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Palenque - do you have the name of the Bed & Breakfast in Harleem??? Please & thank you.
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