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Introduction

Waalwijk Church

Waalwijk Church

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Waalwijk is a small city (or large town, depending where you draw the line between the two), located just north of Tilburg, and to the west of 's Hertogenbosch. The most famous attraction near Waalwijk is the Efteling theme park in Kaatsheuvel, about 4 kilometres to the south.

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Sights and Activities

Efteling

Dragon protecting his treasure chest, in the Sproekjes Bos, Efteling

Dragon protecting his treasure chest, in the Sproekjes Bos, Efteling

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The Efteling is the most well-known amusement park in the Netherlands, just south of Waalwijk. It started out in 1933 as a sportclub, which also happened to have a playground for the kids. In the 1950's the playground was exented with a nature park and a fairytale forest was built after the designs of Anton Pieck. Every year one or a couple of new fairytales were built and the park proved to be a huge success. At the end of the 70's already 25 million visitors passed the gates. During the years more spectacular attractions and rollercoasters were added to the park, which nowadays also has its own golf course, hotel and theater.

The Efteling is opened in the summer season from the 1st april unti the 1st of november from 10.00 till 18.00. In summer there are extended times. The park is also opened in winter. (During the christmas vacations and in weekends.)

Waalwijk City hall

Waalwijk City hall

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Getting There

By Plane

Waalwijk does not have an airport, but connections from Eindhoven Airport are not that bad.

By Train

Waalwijk can not be reached by train very easy. Being one of the few bigger towns that is not connected by train, you will Always need to take a bus to reach Waalwijk, when travelling by public transport. Taking a bus from Tilburg or Den Bosch are the Obvious choices.

By Car

Waalwijk is located just north of Tilburg. When you follow the N261 north from Tilburg, you will get there. Waalwijk is also located along the A-59 highway, which connects two busy highways (the A16 and A2)

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Getting Around

By Car

Waalwijk is actually not that bad to drive around in, and to park your car. Only in the center some parking spaces are reserved for people with a permit, so be aware not to occupy one of these spots. Just outside of the center, there are also enough spots where you don't have to pay for parking and which only require a 5 minute walk to the center.

By Public Transport

There are several city-busses connecting several neighbourhoods.

By Foot

If you stay in the center of Waalwijk, it is easy enough to find your way on foot.

By Bike

As many other Dutch towns and cities Waalwijk is a perfect city for using a bicycle.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafés are not as widespread as you would expect, but you can easily find one in the popular cities. Most hostels, hotels and camp sites have several computers, so you can keep connected with folk at home. Here is a list of internet cafés that could come in handy for travellers. Otherwise, most libraries have lots of computers and prices are around the €2-3 per hour range, although sometimes it can be even more expensive.

Wireless internet access using wifi is becoming more popular and is usually available at most hotels and increasingly at train stations. Also in trains (at least in most first class wagons, but also more and more in second class) and some buses you can use wifi. Finally, places like McDonald's and Starbucks have free wifi, and smaller individual business like cafés and restaurants are on the rise too offering these services. More often than not, these service tend to be free of charge, though there might be a limited time you can use the internet.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The country code for the Netherlands is 31. The outbound international prefix is 00. The general emergency number is 112, like many other countries.
0800 numbers are toll-free and for 09xx numbers are charged at premium rates. Mobile phones have numbers in the 06 range, and calls to cell phones are also priced at higher rates.

From internet cafés, it is also usually possible to make long distance international calls. Like in other countries, telephone booths have almost disappeared, though some are still found around public transport stations, where you can use a few coins to make calls. It is only recommended for local calls.

The cellular phone network in the Netherlands is GSM 900/1800. The main providers of cell phone networks are KPN (Dutch only), T-mobile and Vodafone, who cover the whole country. Other operators, like Hollandsnieuwe, Simyo or Tele2, use one of these 3 networks basically.

It is best to buy a SIM card when in the Netherlands for use in your cellphone, as this usually works out cheaper than using the one from home. If you are planning to study or work in the country and stay for several months, buying a cellphone is the best option. A simple one, sometimes with €10 worth on it, can be bought from around €25. The simplest smartphones are around €75.

Post

The rate for sending a postcard or letter up to 20 grams within the Netherlands is €0.64 (2014). Since 2010 there are stamps available for domestic post which no longer include the value in €. Instead, there are stamps available with either a '1' or a '2' as a substitute for value. The '1' can be used for letters and postcards up to 20 grams, while 20-50 grams require you to use the '2'-valued stamps (or two '1'-valued stamps of course).

Sending items to other EU countries and the rest of the world (there is one price since 2014) will cost €1.05. Stamps are sold at post offices, supermarkets and smaller shops/kiosks; often the place where you buy your postcards can also supply you with stamps.

Sending parcels abroad is more costly. A standard-sized parcel between up to 2 kilograms will cost you €9 for destinations within the EU and €18 (both without Track & Trace) to the rest of the world. Prices with Track & Trace start at €13 and €24.30 respectively. Parcel service is available from major post offices only; standard-size boxes are on sale there as well. For sending parcels, it might be just as competitive and fast to use a company like TNT, UPS or DHL.

If you need to receive mail while moving around, you can have it sent poste restante (to be called for) to a post office of your choice, where it will be kept for a month. If you come to claim it, bring a valid ID, and make sure to have told the sender that the name on the envelope must be an exact match with that in your passport. For addresses of post offices, as well as more information, consult the TNT website.

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