On 24 mei 2009, at 22:27, Carsten Bormann wrote:
And, yes, you want to spend as much of the train time as possible in
an ICE (accept no substitutes, although THA might almost qualify).
Unless I'm mistaken, the ICE requires a reservation. This is extremely
inconvenient because it's hard to accurately predict what time you'll
arrive at the station after a long flight.
(At the Paris IETF I had to spend the friday afternoon at the gare du
nord because I had a reservation for a late train to allow for some
last minute sight seeing but I was fried and it rained so that didn't
happen and I couldn't take an earlier train.)
Note that Maastricht has a decent train connection to Brussels so if
you're arriving from Belgium, France or England (as well as Holland,
of course) you may consider taking the train rather than fly.
I don't know Maastricht very well and don't know where the venue and
hotels will be, but "historic" = predates cars by a dozen or so
centuries so I wouldn't recommend getting a car. If I still lived in
Holland I'd go by bicycle...
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