Unique Places in Haarlem

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    Ancient doorway

    by leics Written Mar 7, 2010

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    I am writing this tip from my translation of the Dutch sign so my apologies if it is not quite accurate.

    This obvioualy ancient doorway caught my eye as I wandered. It dates from 1624, and was once (perhaps) the entrance to the Our Lady/St Barbara 'guesthouse' (for pilgrims, perhaps?).

    The 'gasthuis' itself dated rom 1435.

    Whatever, it is a nice piece of Medieval Haarlem to look out for as you wander. I'm pretty sure I found it on Begijnestraat.

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    Haarlem railway station

    by leics Written Mar 7, 2010

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    Arriving from Amsterdam, I was very struck by Haarlem's castle-like railway station.

    Spend a few minutes admiring what I suspect is early 1900s architecture and decoration.

    Beautiful woodwork around the on-platform waiting rooms.......

    Tiled scenes in the entrance......

    I was pleased to find that later modernisation had preserved the earlier decorations in this way, with the modern roofing set over the original platform buildings.

    So much better than ripping it all out and starting again, imo. :-)

    First-class waiting room tiling Ploughing: in the entrance foyer Castle-like exterior Metalwork: in the entrance foyer Old wooden waiting rooms preserved by modern roof
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    The 'Red Light District'

    by leics Updated Mar 6, 2010

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    Welll, ok.....the 'red light house' really.

    Haarlem has its own (of course?). I was not surprised to find the window ladies absent from their windows, given that it was around 11am on a freezing cold and snowy February weekday.

    But I was rather surprised to find the house in which they work literally right next to a church (I'm told by a Dutchman that this is Waalse Kerk).

    Quite amazed, in fact.


    Church and 'red light' house.
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    Korte Anna

    by LesHamilton Updated Feb 28, 2010

    The narrow streets of Haarlem's city centre are well worth exploring.

    This gem is an attractive mural that adorns a house at the corner of Korte Annastraat. It purports to depict Little Anna (Korte Anna), although of course the street does not commemorate such a person at all: Korte Annastraat simply means Short Anna-Street (as opposed to Long Anna-Street).

    Starting from the Grote Markt in the centre of town, follow Grote Houtstraat as far as Raamvest (the canal) and continue to the first opening on your right. This is Korte Annastraat. Walk up Korte Annastraat, where you will find the mural on a house at an intersection about half-way along.

    Mural on the corner of Korte Annastraat More of the Mural

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    Eerebegraafplaats Bloemendaal

    by Annemaart Written Sep 4, 2008

    A burialplace in dunes at Overveen, where a famous resistancemember has her final restingplace. This is Hannie Schaft. In the last year of the war she was involved in several acts of resistance. She was arrested and executed on the 17th of April (just 3 weeks before the end of the war). There was a movie made about her (The Girl with the Red Hair (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082731/))

    It's a very simple cemetery. Especially on a clear day, the location is beautiful.

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    Wander the Streets

    by OSpencers Updated Mar 16, 2006

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    I have to say the true charm of this location is best appreciated by just randomly wandering the streets. The slower and quieter pace can be appreciated best by making an unplanned walk in a random direction. While walking down a canal, we stood by a watched this canal ship, Nelly, passing through a drawbridge


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    In need of some Dutch Historic stuff?

    by Jaco_Emmen Written Oct 1, 2005

    If you like to see old stuff and you have seen so many musea all over the Netherlands and you like to bring something home with you, please visit one of the hundreds of 2nd Hand shops we do have, also in Haarlem. These shops gather so many things and as I have been there with the foreigners visiting me in Haarlem, they always find something and say, whaw, this is really Dutch, it is about 10% of the normal price and it is 100% Dutch :) Recycling is one way to keep all the toys and home-parts available fo a low price. Buying nothing and just looking around is one of my hobies, sometimes I am also lucky and find just that item I can use, like this morning I found a nice Belgium Beer Glas, he he, that makes my day! The projects you find here in these shops are mostly state financed projects to help youngsters to find a way to learn how to work in a shop and more.

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    Local windmill

    by sswagner Written Dec 26, 2004

    When pulling into the train station on the ride from Amsterdam, I could see the river that runs through Haarlem. On the riverbank was a windmill. It is somewhat between the town square and the train station. A short walk away from the well established tourist route will grant you a closer look. The windmill was actually built in the 21st century to replace one that had burned down on the site. It is very picturesque with the water and boats near it.

    A windmill in Haarlem
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    Let your plans be adjustable

    by rexvaughan Updated May 5, 2004

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    This "tip" is not necessarily a recommendation to visit this church, but more intended to serve as an example of serendipitous changes in plans. My wife and I were in Haarlem just before Holy Week and she suggested we attend Palm Sunday services at the great church on the square and hear the magnificent Muller organ. Upon investigation I discovered that they did not have services until May (too costly to heat it for a small crowd?). I did find that there were services at the oldest church in town, the French Wallonian Church. We went and were part of a group of 14 meeting in a small room just off the sanctuary. We were given a very warm welcome and the minister even synopsized his sermon in English for our benefit. We were invited to stay for coffee afterward and had a chance to visit with several Haarlemites, including a 94 year old man with one leg who explained that the Dutch take care of old men, not like "in the US where 60 million are without insurance." I didn't get into details with him, but he was right about the Dutch. As we left, he said, "God go with you."

    Altar in a small room used for Sunday services Waalse Kerk (web picture)
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    Windmill with a view

    by rexvaughan Written Apr 21, 2004

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    This is not an old windmill but built in the last few years to replace an 18th Century one which burned down in 1932. From old pictures it appears to be a pretty authentic reproduction. The proprietor is a very affable and knowledgeable man who gave us a tour of about 1.5 hours explaining the design, purpose and workings of everything from the sails to the winches inside. There were also several models illustrating the various uses of this ingenious apparatus. It was very good for 2 Americans who knew almost nothing about windmills. For example, they were used for 4 purposes: moving water, sawmill, millling grain and extracting oil from nuts, seeds, etc. In addition, from the upper level is a great view of Haarlem over the Spaarne River. Entrance fee was 2 Euro.

    Molen de Adriaan
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    Ten Boom Museum

    by rexvaughan Written Apr 20, 2004

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    Even if you are not religious you will be impressed, even inspired by the story of the Ten Boom family. They were devout Lutherans and risked their lives during WWII to aid refugees. The house is behind & above a watch shop which was started Willem Ten Boom in 1837. It is still a watch shop today and the residence rooms are a museum. One of the most interesting is called "The Hiding Place" which is the title of Corrie Ten Boom's autobiographical account of the how the family became involved in hiding and smuggling Jews, uncooperative students and members of the Dutch underground. She also recounts her family's years in the concentration camps. She was the only one who survived & lived to a very old age.
    Visiting here gives one a different perspective on the Grote Markt area and Haarlem, as well as a new and profound appreciation of the benevolent and tolerant attitude of the Dutch.
    The "hiding place" was a false brick wall built in Corrie's bedroom creating a room about 6 feet long and 2.5 feet wide. This room was used to hide refugees whenever authorities or untrusted visitors were in the house. When they were betrayed in 1944, six members of the family and 30 people who came seeking aid were arrested. The Nazis never found 6 Jews and 2 members of the Resistance secreted in the secret room, even though they stayed for about 3 days.
    Corrie's story is inspiring on many levels: her experiences as a girl in Haarlem like her father arranging for the family to hear Albert Schweitzer play the great Muller organ; the difficulties of obtaining sufficient ration cards to feed the many refugees coming through their home. the harsh treatment of her fellow citizens. the inevitable presence of the collaborators.
    I highly commend her book and urge you to visit the house if you are ever in Haarlem.
    It is a short distance off the Grote Markt on BartelJorisstraat. The tours are about an hour.

    The Hiding Place
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    Nature and Environment Centre & ruines of castle

    by AMOQUE Written Feb 12, 2004

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    Leonard Springer, a famous garden architect from the 20th century, built the beautifull gardens that can be seen here, between the 19th and 20th century.

    Domestic plants and trees are shown here, but exotic plants as well. There are several glasshouses also, where they grow for example cactusses.

    There is always an exposition in the exposition centre, that has to do with nature and environment. You can drink a cup of tea or coffee here.

    The ruines of Haarlem's only castle "Huis Ter Kleef" can be seen here. This castle used to be the Spaniards headquarter, during the occupation of Haarlem (1572-1573). After the occupation, Spanish general Don Frederik decided to destroy the castle. He did this, to prevent others from using it as a strategical object in their resistance againt the Spaniards.

    The beautifull garden of the Nature and Environment Centre is freely accessible.The ruines are on a small island, but the island is fenced off. You can see the ruines from a small distance.

    mo - fri :09.00-17.00


    Cactus house at Nature and Environment Centre
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    Het huis met de beelden:The house with the statues

    by AMOQUE Updated Jan 6, 2004

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    The house with the statues is one of Haarlems' beautifull monuments. It was build in 1793 in neo-classic style.The official name of this villa is "Eindenhout".

    Locals know the building as "Het huis met de beelden" (The house with the statues), due to the two big sfinx statues in front of the house. During the winter there is a bag over the head of the sfinx statues to protect them from the influences of the sometimes cold weather.

    Unfortunately you can't see the interior of the house. Behind it there is a small piece of forest where you can take a walk.

    This forest can be very interesting, as some unique plants and birds can be found in this small piece of forest. It's the last piece of the original vegetation of this area.

    At the other site of the street you can go, and take a walk in the city forest Haarlemmer Hout.

    The house with the statues
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    Haarlemmer Hout: Go for a walk in the city forest

    by AMOQUE Updated Dec 2, 2003

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    Haarlemmer Hout is a forest in the middle of the town Haarlem. It's very old. The trees in the parc are 200 - 350 years old.

    The location off the forest is even older. On the exact some spot on wich the Haarlemmer Hout is situated has been a forest since the begin of the Christian Era.

    Entrance: Free
    When: Open all year
    Where: Very close to the towncenter. Don't bother to ask a local.

    It's very nice to take a walk in the forest. You will spot many kinds of trees there. Lots of birds can also be seen. in the autum lots of muchrooms can be seen here (BEWARE NOT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION).

    In the autum it's very nice for children, because they can find lot's of chestnuts and acorns here, of wich they can make figures.

    In the summer lots of activities take place on the central field with the music chapel on it. Activities: Musicperformences, Market's, Cultural activities, a big popfestival on the 5th of Mai and so on.

    There is a nice animal farm for children with lots of different animals wich they can cuddle.

    When you are finished with your walk it's possible to drink a nice cup of tea or hot chocolate or even eat a Dutch pannenkoek (pancake) in the teahouse wich is also in the forest near the animal farm.

    Old tree in De Haarlemmer Hout
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    by eden_teuling Written Jul 28, 2003

    Along the road from Haarlem to Zandvoort this place was, for Centuries, very popular with passers-by!

    It is said that there used to be a source and a little village.

    Thick oak trees grow around this "pub" and from these trees water leaked down and that is why the place is called: Kraantje Lek, which means : leaking tap....

    The most attractive issue has always been the huge, hollow Elm tree, which you can see here, because it was said that babies came from this tree!!
    If you listened with your ear close to the trunk you could hear those babies sing: PICK ME, PICK ME, I shall be sweet each and every day!

    There seemed to have been more places in The Netherlands where hollow trees grew and here the same fairy-tale was told!

    The hollow Elmtree however fell ill and could not be saved.....a storm did the rest, but the owner of Kraantje Lek left the trunk intact and had it preserved by tree-surgeons.

    Kraantje Lek can be visited from sunrise till sunset! (no entrance fees)


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