AZ Alkmaar

Alkmaar weather

Alkmaar is around 20 miles and a 40 minute train ride north of Amsterdam. No doubt most people will base themselves in Amsterdam.

Getting there
These are the main options:
Jet2 - Leeds-Bradford and Newcastle or Manchester to Amsterdam
KLM - Leeds-Bradford, Manchester or Manchester to Amsterdam
Thomsonfly - Doncaster to Amsterdam
 P&O Ferries - Hull to Rotterdam (minicruise including bus transfer to Amsterdam)

You might be tempted not to buy a ticket for the short train ride from Schiphol to Amsterdam Centraal. However, it could end up an expensive train ride if you're caught out by one of the frequent ticket checks, as some people found out when we played Alkmaar in 2007.

Leeds-Bradford Airport
Toon International Airport

Holland railways
Holland journey planner

Guides & info
Football Supporters Federation guide
City info
Tourism site
Hotels (for Alkmaar or Amsterdam) (for Amsterdam) (for Amsterdam)
HotelandHotels  (for Alkmaar or Amsterdam) (for Amsterdam) (for Amsterdam) - enter a discount code of
BP93PTS on the Booking Details screen to get 4% off
Accor Hotels (for Amsterdam)
Amsterdam Botel
Where to drink
I'm assuming here that people will be able to sort themselves out in Amsterdam, and so will be concentrating on possible watering holes in Alkmaar. According to WikiTravel (see above) there
are loads of bars, mostly centred around Waagplein and Mient (map). Bars are open until 02.00 on weekdays. The pub quide below recommends Proeflokaal De Boom on Houttil (map),and Kooltuintje and De Notaris on Kooltuin (map). Naturally Alkmaar has an Irish bar, Maguire's. It's on Kanaalkade (on the way from the station to the old town). Naturally it's not very authentic.

Pub guide
Club and ground
AZ have only been playing at the DSB Stadion since August 2006. It's capacity is twice that of their previous ground, but it's still only 16,800. The ground's right on the outskirts (map), around 2.5 miles from the station and a bit less from the centre. You catch the 163 bus from the station. The normal service isn't very frequent, but there are supposedly extra FREE buses on match days. There wasn't much sign of them when we played there mind.

The away section (the north east corner) is conveniently the nearest part of the stadium to the town centre. Inconveniently there's a canal in the way though. You have to follow the path along the north side of Smaragdweg, then go under the underpass and walk all the way back again. Brilliant planning in a brand new ground!

Official AZ site