The local Tourist Office
Favorite thing: After having been located at the main train station and moved to the Verwulft street, the VVV Haarlem (Local Tourist Office) now is housed at the old City Hall at the big market square at:
Grote Markt 2 -2011 RD Haarlem
Tel: +31-23-5317325Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
- Budget Travel
Favorite thing: The Kennemer Gasthuis is the local Haarlem hospital.
The hospital is housed at the following two locations:
ZUID (South) at Boerhaavelaan 22 - 2035 RC Haarlem.
General weekdays visiting hours:
4.15PM - 5.15PM and 7PM - 8PM
General weekend visiting hours:
3PM - 4PM and 7PM - 8PM
NOORD (North) at Vondelweg 999 - 2026 BW Haarlem
General visiting hours:
3PM - 4PM and 7PM - 8PM
General phone number: +31-23-5453545Related to:
- Family Travel
- Work Abroad
- Adventure Travel
Celebrities of Haarlem.
Favorite thing: Actually most celebrities of Haarlem were not born in Haarlem or belong to the legend instead of history!
The most famous, the painter Frans Hals was Flemish, born in Antwerp. Although he was a well known painter in his time already, he faced a lot of financial difficulties. It seems that Dutch painters did not get rich with their art when you learn about the financial problems of Rembrandt (went bankrupt), Vermeer and much later Van Gogh.
The town architect Lieven de Key who builded the "Vleeshal" was also Flemish what is not surprising; around 1625 the population of Haarlem consisted of 50% Flemish immigrants who had fled the Spanish domination in their country.
Christian Müller who made the famous organ of the Grote Kerk - St. Bavo was born in Germany at Sankt Andreasberg. He came to Amsterdam when he was about 25 years old.
A genuine Haarlemmer Laurens Jansz. Coster, whose statue stands on the Grote Markt since 1856 would have been the first European to invent the movable type printing press. This is presently considered, also by Haarlem historians, as a legend. (Gutenberg can sleep on his two ears).
Other famous Haarlemmers were the Knights who in 1219 conquered the Egyptian port of Damietta (Egypt) during the 5th crusade. Haarlem was very proud of this glorious capture of Damietta. (ref. the large painting at the Frans Hals museum).
Actually it appears that the ships who broke trough the chain at the entrance of the Damietta harbour (in fact who took the tower to which the chain was attached) were manned by Frisians.
Fondest memory: Their sense of humour about their historical celebrities.Related to:
- Historical Travel
Good walking shoes are a must!
Favorite thing: Getting to Haarlem is easy, trains from Amsterdam run all day, and you can even take the bus. No matter how you get there, make sure you have some good walking shoes. Haarlem does not have trams. It does have water tours, but not the water taxi system Amsterdam has.
If you are in Haarlem....
Favorite thing: ... then don't miss out to have a look at the interior of the trainstation. The building might not look that impressive from the outside, but when you go inside, you will be left with a whole other impression.
This pictures shows the tiles of the first class waiting room.
In total there were 3 different types of waiting rooms.Related to:
- Budget Travel
Some good sense of humor!
Favorite thing: Any inconveniences might lead to funny initiatives.
When one of the shopping streets was under construction and all sandy, it brought some one to the idea of bringing the beach inside the city !
A nice illustration of how to cope with daily life difficulties with a whink.
Fondest memory: Playing at the beach in Haarlem `-)Related to:
- Budget Travel
Favorite thing: It was nice to see something of Netherlands other than Amsterdam. Haarlem is a nice town with a fair amount to see and lots of great little streets. We only stayed here a couple of hours, so, unfortunately, had no time to see the Hals museum.
Favorite thing: Every year at the end of April, there is a big flower parade (bloemencorso) that arrives in Haarlem in the evening. The parade starts in Noorwijk very (too) early on a Saturday morning and arrives between 20:00 and 21:00 in Haarlem. Here the parade stays until Sunday. The flowers mainly used are hyacinths.Related to:
The 'local' beers
Favorite thing: Haarlem always was an important brewing city, with literally hundreds of breweries exporting to the Baltics and even to what we now call Belgium. Until the last one closed in the 20th century, thanks to the agressive marketing skills of Heineken and Amstel. Thankfully some really enthusiastic people tried to revive some of Haarlem's glory with a few beers based on old recipies. Although not actually made in Haarlem they are definitely in the local tradition. My favourites are Jopen, a very hoppy (bitter!) beer, and Koyt, a modern version of medieval beer, with a mixture of herbs, like gale, used for flavour instead of hop. You may not want to drink two of that one, but you really should try it once.Related to:
- Beer Tasting
- Adventure Travel
When there's some wind, the...
Favorite thing: When there's some wind, the owner of the mill used to put some cloth on the wooden pices in top of the mill. The mill would go faster then. People used to pump water away with mills, would saw their wood with it or get flower from weed or musterd from musterdseeds by using a mill.
More mills in Haarlem besides the 'Eenhoorn' you can find at the Molenplas (big pond at Schalkwijk, next to the Ringvaart (water)) and in the farmerarea (for example the 'Adriaan' mill in the direction of Peningsveer/Haarlemmerliede. The 'Adriaan' is being reconstructed at this moment, because it burnt down two years ago.
When you are at the end of the...
Favorite thing: When you are at the end of the cyclepath along the River Spaarne (for the right direction see my of the Beaten path tips)you can see one of the many pretty mills in Haarlem. You can also see this mill when you take a trip with a canalboat (where to take this trip see eralier general tip). This mill is called 'Molen de Eenhoorn' (Unicorn mill).
Cycle or walk between the...
Favorite thing: Cycle or walk between the little streets in the center of town. Miraculous sites are to be seen! Don't forget to go to the 'Haarlemse Hofjes', these small livingcommunities are so beautiful and most people will be eager to show you around.
When it is very cold and it...
Favorite thing: When it is very cold and it had been freezing for a long time, the boats stop sealing on the river. At this point it will be save in a few days to go on the ice (only do this, when you see a lot of people iceskating here). You can go iceskating through the whole city and you even can go around the city (30 kilometer iceskate, you will be underway for at least three or four hours). A lot of stands with hot soup and chocolatemilk are to be found next to the ice at several points.
Fondest memory: Iceskating around town (you also see the farmerarea then) with my father, mother, brother, aunt and niece. We met a lot of aqainted people and had fun. We extra enjoyed the music and chocalate along the ice then.
A lot of birds are to be seen...
Favorite thing: A lot of birds are to be seen on the river Spaarne. Here you can see a few birds we call 'Meerkoeten', also other birds like the starling, the wild duck, the ordinary duck, the waterduck, swans and waterhoens swim and fly around here.
Go and take a look at the...
Favorite thing: Go and take a look at the river Spaarne in the city. It runs through the city very charmly. At the Melkbrug (little white pedestrian bridge) on the other side of the Tylers Museum you can go on a canal/riverboat to see more.
Kleine Houtstraat 13, Haarlem, Noord-Holland, 2011 DD, The Netherlands
Good for: Couples
True, the Carlton Square isn't close to the train station (a 15 minute walk). But it is close to the...more
Klokhuisplein 9, Haarlem, 2011, The Netherlands
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