Haarlem Journals

A Few Hours In Haarlem

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A March 2011 trip to Haarlem by fizzytom

Grand Cafe Nobel Photo, Haarlem, Netherlands More Photos
Quote: Writing from a day trip to the Dutch city of Haarlem

Windmill De Adriaan

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Attraction | "Put Some Wind in Your Sails"

Windmill De Adriaan Photo, Haarlem, Netherlands
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What could be a more recognisable symbol of the Netherlands than a windmill? As our bus drew into Haarlem I was thrilled to catch a glimpse of the De Adriaan windmill and knew I had to go in search of it on foot. Fortunately it’s easy to get to as it is basically in the city centre. What you se today is a reconstruction of the mill that burned down in 1932; the original had been built in the 1770s and was built on the foundations of the city’s original defences. At this point there were two towers, one on either bank of the River Spaarne and the windmill stands on the site of the former Goodwife Tower. Building on the old tower gave the windmill an extra elevation essential to catch the wind to turn t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 18, 2011

Windmill De Adriaan
Papentorenvest 1A
Haarlem, Netherlands
023-5450259

An introduction to Haarlem

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Cheesy Wheels Photo, Haarlem, Netherlands
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Haarlem is an old city, gaining its city rights in the thirteenth century. Its ancient buildings have been looked after well, although some of them have been extensively rebuilt after fires destroyed them. Visually it's like Amsterdam in miniature but has the advantages of being quieter and less obviously touristy, and doesn't attract the horrible stag and hen parties. While five and a half hours is ambitious for Amsterdam (another DFDS mini cruise destination), it's actually reasonable for Haarlem, unless you want to linger in museums or galleries. The heart of old Haarlem is dominated by the medieval town hall (Stadhuis) that stands at one end of the Grote Market. It's a splendidly eclec...Read More

Grote Markt-Market Square

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Attraction | "Haarlem's Colourful Market"

Grote Markt-Market Square Photo, Haarlem, Netherlands
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Markets are usually a good reflection of the culture and ethos of a country and this is certainly true of Haarlem’s colourful market. It’s essentially a food and flowers market though there are other stalls such as those selling clothing, household items – both decorative and practical, and souvenirs. A lot of visitors to Haarlem come on the ferry from Newcastle and sellers have got wise to the fact that any way they can think of to make their wares easier to transport back to the UK will be worthwhile. As we queued to re-board our boat back to Newcastle, most people were laden with bags of produce, many of them with brightly coloured tulips. Other visitors come on day trips from Amsterdam...Read More

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Grote Markt-Market Square

Haarlem, Netherlands

Grand Cafe Nobel

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Restaurant | "Grand Cafe Nobel - Not Prize Wininng, But Pretty Good"

Grand Cafe Nobel Photo, Haarlem, Netherlands
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I am ashamed to say that I can count the number of times I have been to the Netherlands on one hand, and on two of those occasions I was merely changing planes in Schiphol Airport. This may come as a surprise given the proximity of the Netherlands to the UK, and the fact that I have been to many less well known destinations in Europe and beyond. I may be a keen cyclist, cheese aficionado and habitual drinker of gin, but I am not very clued up on the ins and outs of Dutch culture, which is why I did two circuits of Old Haarlem looking for somewhere for lunch.We’d come over on the overnight ferry from North Shields and had just over five hours to explore before being picked up and driven to ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 4, 2011

Grand Cafe Nobel
Spaarne 36
Haarlem, Netherlands
023 5327034

Frans Hals Museum

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Attraction | "High Culture in Haarlem - the Frans Hals Museum"

Frans Hals Museum Photo, Haarlem, Netherlands
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Investing just over an hour of our brief stay in Haarlem turned out to be a great move because the museum not only contains some wonderful paintings by Hals and some of his contemporaries, it is housed in one of the many 'hofjes' for which Haarlem is noted, and it is a brilliant place to learn more about the history of Haarlem in a way that creates a really joined up overiew of what makes it the place it is.Frans Hals (1580 or 1581 - 1666) was a Baroque painter working in Haarlem during the Netherland's "Golden Age". His most famous painting is probably 1624's "The Laughing Cavalier" but he was a prolific artist who was much sought after as a portrait painter. He was born in Antwerp but hi...Read More

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Frans Hals Museum
Groot Heiligland 62
Haarlem, Noord-Holland
023-319180