150 Years ago the city of Haarlem was surrounded by walls, towers, ditches and city gates.
What remains today is the Amsterdamse Poort (gate) or Spaarnwouder. The gate is dating from around 1355. The Haarlemmer gate is facing the city of Amsterdam.
Nice to know: In Amsterdam there is a Haarlemmer poort (gate) wich is facing the city of Haarlem.
Note: You can't go inside the gate. You will only be able to see the exteroir.
Whilst walking along the canal admiring the old wharehouse conversions we eventually stumbled upon the Adriann Windmill. A beautiful mill located on the River Spaarne, it dominates the district.
The sky was covered with heavy rain clouds which marred what could have been a beautiful photo.
The mill was built diring the early 18th century, but during 1932 suffered fire damage.
Recently renovated it is an ideal tourist attraction. We admired from the opposite bank of the waterway.
A few hundred years ago, the city of Haarlem wasn't as big as it is nowadays. The city centre as it now is was surrounded by city-walls. The city could be entered through various gates. Because Haarlem was getting bigger and bigger, the walls had to go, and with it the gates. The only remaining gate is the Amsterdam Gate.
This is the Amsterdam Gate, in Haarlem stands the Amsterdam Tower and in Amsterdam stands the Haarlem Gate. These gates used to be part of the citywalls. Unfortunately there is nothing left of the walls and other gates of Haarlem like the 'Eendjespoort', this gate was destructed in the beginning of 1900. At the other side of the Amsterdam Gate is the Amsterdam street. This is a large shopping street, with small bakeryshops, fruitshops, greeneries, barbers etcetera. Find out more about it in my TRAVELLOGUE. It is all in the chapter 'extra Haarlem pics'.