Historic City of Haarlem February 29, 2016 Today we write our first blog of hopefully many. We are standing in front of the railway station of the City of Haarlem, the sun is shining but it is still rather cold. We hope that you will enjoy our first blog! What can we tell you about Haarlem, it is a medium sized town situated in the northwest of The Netherlands, the capital of the province of North-Holland. Haarlem has a beautiful historical city center with many historical building and places, the Spaarne River meanders through the city center. In our blog we will show you some beautiful scenery and give you some interesting background information. Furthermore, we invite you to explore Haarlem for yourself!
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1. Railway Station Haarlem Before exploring Haarlem, we take a better look at the old railway station. The first Dutch train was running on the railway track between Amsterdam and Haarlem in 1839, the first railway station was opened in 1839. A renovation took place in 1908, it is the only station in the Netherlands which was built in the Art Nouveau or Jugendstil style. The station is often used for film shoots and if you look around, you know why and don’t forget to have a closer look at the beautiful tableaus. Enough about the railway station, we start our walk to the historical city center.
2. Hofje van Oorschot We start walking in the direction of the Kruisweg/Kruisstraat, on our right side we see the Hofje van Oorschot, which was built in 1769 from the legacy of a merchant from Amsterdam Wouter van Oorschot. It was intended for poor women of 50 years and older who were members of the Reformed church. The bronze statue of Eve in the garden was designed by Johan Limpers, what you see now is a replica because the original statue has been stolen in 1987.
Sint Bavo Cathedral Haarlem
3. Grote Markt / St.Bavo After the Hofje van Oorschot, we walk through the Smedestraat a lovely shopping street at the end of the street we arrive at the Grote Markt, this is the main square of Haarlem. On this square we find the Town Hall and the Grote or St. Bavo Kerk (church). The Town Hall is built on the remains of a manor of the counts of Holland (1370), it was destroyed by a fire in the 14th century and then rebuilt. Over the centuries it had been renovated and expanded several times in the Dutch Renaissance- and Classicistic style. There is a big chance that you will see a newlywed couple on the stairs of the Town hall. On the place where a wooden Roman style church was burned down, the Grote or St. Bavo church was rebuilt in the Gothic style from 1370 until 1520. The church was originally built as a Catholic church and was devoted to the holy St.Bavo. In 1559 the church became the cathedral of the newly created diocese of Haarlem. After the Reformation it became a Protestant house of worship and it still is nowadays.
8. De Waag We pass the church and walk through the Klokhuisplein and Damstraat towards the Spaarne River. At the corner, we find De Waag (a building where goods were weighed in the past), De Waag was built in 1595 and remains it purpose until 1915. In 1821 the second floor was used by artists and performers, even Simon and Garfunkel have played here. The building is used as a pub/café nowadays.
6. De Koepel We continue our walk through the Oostvest and Papentorenvest, on our way to the Molen (windmill) De Adriaan, we find on the right side a building called De Koepel, which was a former prison. The Koepel was built in 1900 and there are two similar prison buildings in the Netherlands, one in Arnhem and one in Breda. This prison is closed in 2015 and is now in use as a temporary shelter for refugees from Syria.
7. Windmill De Adriaan At the end of the Papentorenvest we find a traditional windmill in the middle of the town, called De Adriaan. The windmill was built in 1779 and has had various functions, such as the grinding of shells, oak bark and corn. In 1932 after many years of not being used and neglect a fire destroyed the original windmill. Immediately after the fire, the inhabitants wanted to rebuild the windmill but there weren’t enough resources. Only after the establishment of a special Foundation, support of the business community of Haarlem and with subsidy of the EU, it was possible to rebuild the windmill. The windmill was rebuilt in 2001 and is now a museum, which can be visited to learn more about the technology and the operation of the windmill.
We enjoy the view and walk through the Scheepmakersdijk, across the Catharijnebrug and turn left through the Koudenhorn and towards the Donkere Spaarne. On our left side we find the Teylers Hofje. The Teylers Hofje was built in 1787 from the legacy of Pieter Teyler van der Hulst. It was meant for honorable elderly women, the women who live here nowadays are mostly younger. The facade is built in a neoclassical style and the entrance is flanked by Doric pillars.
After admiring the Teylers Hofje, we continue our walk along the Spaarne River until a street called Anegang, we turn right and continue until we find ourselves on the Grote Houtstraat and turn left. The Grote Houtstraat is a shopping street with many nice shops. When we arrive at a crossing with the Gedempte Oude Gracht, we turn left. 9. Frans Hals museum After approx. 200 meter we turn right at the Groot Heiligland, in this street you will find the Frans Hals museum. The museum is famous for its paintings from the Golden Age and in particular paintings from Frans Hals, the building itself is also very beautiful, we advise you strongly to take a look insight.
After inhaling so much culture and history, we are in big need of something to drink and eat. At the end of the Groot Heiligland we turn right until the Grote Houtstraat, where we again turn right, at the crossroad we choose for the Gierstraat and turn left at the Boterstraat until the Barrevoetstraat where we turn right, now we find ourselves in the Gedempte Raamgracht, we continue and turn left where we find a square with restaurants and the Pathe cinema. 10. Jopenkerk On this square you will find the Jopenkerk, this is a former church in which now a brewery is located which brews the famous Jopen Beer. We invite you to go inside and take a beer, you deserve it! We hope that after you have visited the Jopenkerk, you will find your way back to the railway station by following the Gedempte Oude Gracht, Nassaulaan, Nassaustraat and finally the Kruisweg again. Thank you for sharing this experience with us!
Jopenbeer Haarlem
4. Teylers Museum As we walk along the Spaarne River, we pass by the Teylers Museum, which was founded in 1778, the Museum is named after Pieter Telyer van der Hulst, a wealthy cloth-making and silk manufacturer. He had great interest in the art and science, so after his death he left his collection and a large amount of money to the Teylers Foundation. The goal of this foundation is promoting the art and science. The museum’s collection includes of course art but also books, old instruments, coins, medals, fossils and minerals and this all in its original 18th century building.
After visiting the Museum we across the Spaarne River by taking the Gravestenenbrug and walk through the Wijdesteeg and Spaarnwouderstraat towards the Amsterdamse Poort. 5. Amsterdamse Poort The Amsterdamse Poort is an old town gate, which was built around 1400. It is the only still remaining town gate of that time in Haarlem.
Jopenkerk Haarlem Inside Jopenkerk Haarlem Grote Houtstraat Haarlem winkels Frans Hals museum Haralem Teylers Hofje Haarlem De Koepel Haarlem De Adriaan Haarlem Teylers museum Haralem Amsterdamse Poort Haarlem Grote Markt Haarlem St. Bavo kerk Haarlem hofje van oorschot haarlem railway station Haarlem inside railway station Haarlem
On a sunny day the square is lively and terraces are full but on February 29th we only find a market on the square, so no koffie met appelgebak en slagroom (coffee and apple pie with whipped cream) for us.
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Historic City of Haarlem February 29, 2016 Today we write our first blog of hopefully many. We are standing in front of the railway station of the City of Haarlem, the sun is shining but it is still rather cold. We hope that you will enjoy our first blog! What can we tell you about Haarlem, it is a medium sized town situated in the northwest of The Netherlands, the capital of the province of North-Holland. Haarlem has a beautiful historical city center with many historical building and places, the Spaarne River meanders through the city center. In our blog we will show you some beautiful scenery and give you some interesting background information. Furthermore, we invite you to explore Haarlem for yourself!
1. Railway Station Haarlem Before exploring Haarlem, we take a better look at the old railway station. The first Dutch train was running on the railway track between Amsterdam and Haarlem in 1839, the first railway station was opened in 1839. A renovation took place in 1908, it is the only station in the Netherlands which was built in the Art Nouveau or Jugendstil style. The station is often used for film shoots and if you look around, you know why and don’t forget to have a closer look at the beautiful tableaus. Enough about the railway station, we start our walk to the historical city center.
2. Hofje van Oorschot We start walking in the direction of the Kruisweg/Kruisstraat, on our right side we see the Hofje van Oorschot, which was built in 1769 from the legacy of a merchant from Amsterdam Wouter van Oorschot. It was intended for poor women of 50 years and older who were members of the Reformed church. The bronze statue of Eve in the garden was designed by Johan Limpers, what you see now is a replica because the original statue has been stolen in 1987.
3. Grote Markt / St.Bavo After the Hofje van Oorschot, we walk through the Smedestraat a lovely shopping street at the end of the street we arrive at the Grote Markt, this is the main square of Haarlem. On this square we find the Town Hall and the Grote or St. Bavo Kerk (church). The Town Hall is built on the remains of a manor of the counts of Holland (1370), it was destroyed by a fire in the 14th  century and then rebuilt. Over the centuries it had been renovated and expanded several times in the Dutch Renaissance- and Classicistic style. There is a big chance that you will see a newlywed couple on the stairs of the Town hall. On the place where a wooden Roman style church was burned down, the Grote or St. Bavo church was rebuilt in the Gothic style from 1370 until 1520. The church was originally built as a Catholic church and was devoted to the holy St.Bavo. In 1559 the church became the cathedral of the newly created diocese of Haarlem. After the Reformation it became a Protestant house of worship and it still is nowadays.
On a sunny day the square is lively and terraces are full but on February 29th we only find a market on the square, so no koffie met appelgebak en slagroom (coffee and apple pie with whipped cream) for us.
8. De Waag We pass the church and walk through the Klokhuisplein and Damstraat towards the Spaarne River. At the corner, we find De Waag (a building where goods were weighed in the past), De Waag was built in 1595 and remains it purpose until 1915. In 1821 the second floor was used by artists and performers, even Simon and Garfunkel have played here. The building is used as a pub/café nowadays.
4. Teylers Museum As we walk along the Spaarne River, we pass by the Teylers Museum, which was founded in 1778, the Museum is named after Pieter Telyer van der Hulst, a wealthy cloth-making and silk manufacturer. He had great interest in the art and science, so after his death he left his collection and a large amount of money to the Teylers Foundation. The goal of this foundation is promoting the art and science. The museum’s collection includes of course art but also books, old instruments, coins, medals, fossils and minerals and this all in its original 18th century building.
After visiting the Museum we across the Spaarne River by taking the Gravestenenbrug and walk through the Wijdesteeg and Spaarnwouderstraat  towards the Amsterdamse Poort.
5. Amsterdamse Poort The Amsterdamse Poort is an old town gate, which was built around 1400. It is the only still remaining town gate of that time in Haarlem.
6. De Koepel We continue our walk through the Oostvest and Papentorenvest, on our way to the Molen (windmill) De Adriaan, we find on the right side a building called De Koepel, which was a former prison. The Koepel was built in 1900 and there are two similar prison buildings in the Netherlands, one in Arnhem and one in Breda. This prison is closed in 2015 and is now in use as a temporary shelter for refugees from Syria.
7. Windmill De Adriaan At the end of the Papentorenvest we find a traditional windmill in the middle of the town, called De Adriaan. The windmill was built in 1779 and has had various functions, such as the grinding of shells, oak bark and corn. In 1932 after many years of not being used and neglect a fire destroyed the original windmill. Immediately after the fire, the inhabitants wanted to rebuild the windmill but there weren’t enough resources. Only after the establishment of a special Foundation, support of the business community of Haarlem and with subsidy of the EU, it was possible to rebuild the windmill. The windmill was rebuilt in 2001 and is now a museum, which can be visited to learn more about the technology and the operation of the windmill.
We enjoy the view and walk through the Scheepmakersdijk, across the Catharijnebrug and turn left through the Koudenhorn and towards the Donkere Spaarne. On our left side we find the Teylers Hofje. The Teylers Hofje was built in 1787 from the legacy of Pieter Teyler van der Hulst. It was meant for honorable elderly women, the women who live here nowadays are mostly younger. The facade is built in a neoclassical style and the entrance is flanked by Doric pillars.
After admiring the Teylers Hofje, we continue our walk along the Spaarne River until a street called Anegang, we turn right and continue until we find ourselves on the Grote Houtstraat and turn left. The Grote Houtstraat is a shopping street with many nice shops. When we arrive at a crossing with the Gedempte Oude Gracht, we turn left.
9. Frans Hals museum After approx. 200 meter we turn right at the Groot Heiligland, in this street you will find the Frans Hals museum. The museum is famous for its paintings from the Golden Age and in particular paintings from Frans Hals, the building itself is also very beautiful, we advise you strongly to take a look insight.
After inhaling so much culture and history, we are in big need of something to drink and eat. At the end of the Groot Heiligland we turn right until the Grote Houtstraat, where we again turn right, at the crossroad we choose for the Gierstraat and turn left at the Boterstraat until the Barrevoetstraat where we turn right, now we find ourselves in the Gedempte Raamgracht, we continue and turn left where we find a square with restaurants and the Pathe cinema.
10. Jopenkerk On this square you will find the Jopenkerk, this is a former church in which now a brewery is located which brews the famous Jopen Beer. We invite you to go inside and take a beer, you deserve it! We hope that after you have visited the Jopenkerk, you will find your way back to the railway station by following the Gedempte Oude Gracht, Nassaulaan, Nassaustraat and finally the Kruisweg again. Thank you for sharing this experience with us!
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Hotel tip Haarlem: We spent one night in the lovely Carlton Square Hotel, this elegant hotel is situated in the city center at Baan no. 7 Haarlem. The service is excellent and the room was clean and very nice, free wifi included. If you are interested in this or another hotel in Haarlem, please check here for the availability and best offers.
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