VENUE ADDRESS: New Eden Retreat Centre, Sparjeburd 2, 8409 CK Hemrik, The Netherlands
The closest airport is Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. New Eden is located approximately 1h 30 minutes - 1h 45 minutes away by car and 2,5 hours away by public transport.
From Amsterdam or Utrecht (about 1 hour and 45 minutes): Take the highway A1 (from Amsterdam) or A27 (from Utrecht) and then A6 towards Almere, Lelystad. Then take the highway A7 to Drachten, Groningen. Leave A7 at exit 28 to Beetsterzwaag. Go through the town of Beetsterzwaag. As soon as you leave Beetsterzwaag take a right to Hemrik. Follow this road for about 5km and take a left, just 50m before the end of this road, onto the driveway of Sparjeburd.
Hiring a car
Want to have your own car for the week? This is an easy and affordable option, as you can pick up your car at Schiphol airport.
You’ll have options from €50 / day if you book soon enough.
The local train station is Heerenveen, about 25 minutes by car or taxi. There are two trains each hour from Schiphol to Heerenveen.
To verify the train schedule go to: http://www.ns.nl/reisplanner/ or download the NS Travel Planner app.
To plan your trip by public transport go to: https://9292.nl/en
There is a train that leaves at 5 minutes past the hour that is INDIRECT heading towards Groningen. You will have to change trains in Zwolle. If you want to take this train, you need to buy a ticket from one of the yellow ticket machines and then go to platform 1-2. There is also a train that leaves at 35 minutes past the hour that is DIRECT heading towards Leeuwarden. If you want to take this train, you need to buy a ticket from one of the yellow ticket machines and then go to platform 1-2. From the train station in Heerenveen, you’ll still need to take a taxi or public transport to get to New Eden. A taxi ride is approximately €45 - €55. Don’t wait until you arrived in Heerenveen to book your ride! There is a local taxi service who is available for your final leg of transport from the Heerenveen Train Station to the Centre. See above for fares and to book. If you come by train, make sure you have enough time for your travel (train + taxi) so you arrive on time to the Retreat Centre!
Taking the Bus from the Station:
A cheaper, albeit longer journey from the Heerenveen train station to New Eden is to take the bus from Heerenveen Bus station to Lippenhuizen De Driehoek (Bus 20 or 21) which leaves every 30 minutes and takes 30 minutes to complete. Lippenhuizen is just 5-8 minutes away by taxi from the centre, and about one hour walk.
Whether you’re travelling by car or public transport, allow a generous amount of time for your trip so you can arrive on time. Your questions regarding transportation to the Center may be directed to [email protected]
NOTE: This service may not be available at the moment!
This is by far the cheapest and quickest way to get to New Eden via Public Transport.
There is a direct non-stop bus service from Amsterdam (Rotterdam is also possible) to Drachten which takes 1 hour and 50 minutes. The bus stop is just 8 minutes away from New Eden by car or taxi.
Step 1: Go to www.flixbus.com or download the FlixBus app on your phone.
Step 2: Book your bus from Amsterdam to Drachten on the App. It costs €6,99 and you can pay via Credit Card, PayPal or iDeal. You can also book your return journey at the same time. There's a €1 booking fee per leg.
Step 3: The Bus leaves from Amsterdam Sloterdijk 'Piarcoplein' Bus Stop (it originates in Rotterdam, so you can get on there too). There are 4 buses per day at 7:25am, 11:55am, 2:55pm and 5:00pm. If you intend to arrive at New Eden in time for an event which begins at 3:00pm, then make sure you take either the 7:25am or 11:55am bus.
Step 4: If arriving by plane at Schiphol, you will need to take a short 11 minute train from Schiphol Train Station to Amsterdam Sloterdijk. The train station is located just below the terminal and the journey costs €3,80. Trains to Amsterdam Sloterdijk leave approximately every 5-15 minutes. For more information on how to get train tickets, see below 'Taking a Train'.
Step 5: Once you have booked your bus, we recommend arranging a taxi from Drachten to New Eden and sharing a ride with other participants.