DISCOVER HIDDEN ‘HOETJES’ COURTYARDS IN HAARLEM
Haarlem is a city that is cozy and enjoyable. Less than a 20-minute train ride from Amsterdam. No wonder many Haarlemmers commute daily to work in Amsterdam.
My friend took me to travel in Haarlem on a sunny morning. We met in Lelystad Centrum Station. The train to Haarlem so fast, I did not have time to enjoy the view. The train system in the Netherlands is very advanced. Therefore, many people live in Haarlem but work in Amsterdam.
Haarlem gives its name to the New York Harlem when Dutch colonists settled in America. Haarlem is a market town for centuries with all the bustle. The center of production of silk, lace, damask fabrics, wool, and furniture. Not to mention majority of manufacturers of beer.
Haarlem is known as the biggest beer consumption. The people drink beer as their breakfast. It said, I read in an online magazine, that the average person to drink six glasses a day.
Grote Markt (Market Square)
The city center is busy from morning till late in the day. Every Monday or Thursday open market from clothes to all the basic necessities such as cheese, fish, flowers and much more. Open space consists of ten roads combined. A few years ago this place filled with passing cars but now is a pedestrian zone. A few days filled with stalls and on the next day full of tables of café around the square.
Grote Kerk (Great Church)
Existed since the 14th century and the largest pipe organ in the Netherlands which built by the organ builder Christian Muller. One famous landmark in the Netherlands. Standing at 100 feet tall with 5,000 pipes. George F. Handel and Mozart impressed with this magnificent instrument.
Although the church through the disaster of fire to a lightning strike, still looms Haarlem sky for hundreds of years. In the church also gravestone of the great figures in the history of the Netherlands.
Molen De Adriaan
The windmill destroyed in 1930. Now it’s a tourist attraction with a small museum. It is on the banks of the river Spaarne.
Haarlem is also the best destination for shopping. So many boutiques and shops in this car-free zone. Starting from the store with the well-known brand to store sells of household products. Ranging from traditional goods until the expensive goods.
Hidden Gardens Haarlem
Hoetjes is a garden with enclosed courtyard that provides housing for older people in antiquity. The green garden behind the busy road mostly began in the Middle Ages. Garden surrounded by Almshouses (charity house). This is a home for poor women who have not married or widowed. There are twenty-one hoetjes in Haarlem from stylish antique to modern hoetjes.
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