This small bridge over the Spaarne River is the ideal place to take photos of the river activity.
The bridge also has the facility to open up and let the larger riverboats and sail craft through. We were lucky to be nearby by when the 2pm bridge opening happened. An accumulation of 15 or more boats came through, the colour and beauty of this scene was something not to be missed.
We enjoyed lunch at a nice restaurant overlooking a section of the Spaarne River/ canal. The view was fantastic with historic buildings on either side of the river. River traffic was busy, particulally when the Geravestenenburg Bridge opened up around 2pm to allow oversized boats through.A fine flotilla of sail boats then continued along the river.
After lunch we decided to walk along the river and we were well rewarded with many photo opportunities.Eventually we sighted a windmill in the distance and continued walking until we were able to obtain a nice view from the opposite side of the river.
If you follow the Nieuwe Gracht to the point where it meets the River Spaarne, you will see Adriaan's Windmill on the opposite bank.
Although the windmill is fully functional and capable of grinding grain,it is rarely used for this purpose.
However, it is set in motion from time to time, mostly on Saturdays and public holidays, for the benefit of tourists. Inside the windmill is a small museum, and the interior can be seen.
The Gravestenenbrug is a very old bridge more than 6 centuries old. Its name comes from a castle "Gravesteen" which belonged to a count (graaf) of Holland in the 13d. c.
It is a typical "ophaalbrug" on the river Spaarne.
What is special with the name of that river is that it is the only river name in the Netherlands which is neutral "het Spaarne". All other Dutch rivers start with the article "de" for example de Waal, de Maas, de Amstel, de Lek.
"Het Spaarne" was a very important river for the economy of Haarlem: textile and beer.
A smock mill, a wooden towered mill named for its resemblance to the linen smocks worn by eighteenth century workmen.
De Adriaan was built in 1778 on the foundations of an ancient defensive tower near the centre of town.
In 1932 De Adriaan burnt to the ground.
Seventy years after the fire De Adriaan has now been rebuilt ( since the year 2000).
Because of its location on the Spaarne river and its great height De Adriaan is one of the most beautifull buildings of Haarlem.
It's possible to see the windmill at the inside. It has four stores and the beautifull view from the top store is very nice. You also see the technique of the windmill.
Adults : 2 euro
Children and 65+: 1 euro
Open: Friday / Saturday / Sunday 10:00-16:00 hours
Closed: 25 And 26 December and 1 January
The mill will be functional on Saturdays if there is sufficient wind
This lift bridge is made of steel and it crosses the river Spaarne in the centre of Haarlem. It is named after the former small village Gravesteen and it si more than 700 years old. The bridge is for pedestrian and bicycles. Just across the road near the bridge there is Teylers Museum, the oldest museum of Netherlands.
A visit to Haarlem is not complete without a guided tour of De Adriaan windmill. It is a smock mill, a wooden towered mill named for its resemblance to the linen smocks worn by eighteenth century workmen.
The Adriaan was a famous landmark of the skyline of Haarlem untill it burnt completely down to the ground in 1932. From then the windmill was no-more, untill in 1999 they began restoring it. In 2002 restaurations were finished and right now you can visit it again and climb to the fourth floor of the windmill and enjoy a magnificient view!!
The windmill is only opened from Friday to Sunday from 10:00-16:00 so plan carefully.
Very nice to have a walk along and see how some of the bridges are spin around in order to let the ship through (on the pic). On the bank you can as well find a well know museum - Teylers Museum- with very rich historical collections.
this canal goes through the city.
on the picture you see the magere brug and the teyler's museum.
the waagbuilding is from 1604.architected by Lieven de Key from Gent.
here was cheese weighted and sold in the past.
De Waag dates from 1595. Originally it was a building in which the shipped in goods were weighed and where people paid their import duties.
This is the Spaarne River in Haarlem. Haarlem lies along the Spaarne River, 4.5 miles (7 km) from the North Sea, just west of Amsterdam.