is Laurens Janszoon Coster. Actually, he's a statue. He is the perfect
metaphor for the smugness of the Haarlemmer. Ok Coster may have lived
in Haarlem or not. He may have been a printer of books in Haarlem or not.
But he certainly did not invent bookprinting, which is what he got his
By the way Gutenberg didn't invent printing either: He invented foundry
of type. And hence bookprinting as we know it. True. But the Chinese and
Koreans are the real inventors of the printing process with blocks and
loose metal type.
Coster is a romantic myth.
Other romantic myths from Haarlem: it's the City of Flowers; Graphic Centre
of the Netherlands; City where the purest Standard Dutch is spoken. During
the Crusades, Haarlem liberated Egypt. And oh yes, they did once lose
the city to the Spaniards in the Eighty Years' War. But it was only a
tactical defeat, you see, to enable Holland to win that war. Maybe the
urge to fabulize a heroic past stems from the shame felt over this event.
day I may add links to all I state here ;-). - In the mean time (as you
can see when you move your mouse over the picture), as a penalty, I cleaned
up poor LJ to avoid being run out of town ;-)
move your mouse over Coster:
as a penalty, I cleaned up poor LJ to avoid being
run out of town ;-)
first printer known to be active in Haarlem was Jacob Bellaert, who between
1483 and 1486 ran a printshop. He lived in the Kruisstraat, where now the
Hema shop is located.
Coster died in 1484.
the Groote Markt, the beautiful central market square, one of the most
beautiful squares of the world - it ranks amongst the sqaures in Brussels,
Siena, Venice, Santiago de Compostela and Salamanca - this chap overlooks
the market, the restaurants, the musea and City Hall.
Have a look at a project, I did the design for, at the Grote Markt in
januari 2001: White Light
Haarlem links (in
no particular order):
Haarlem - City Hall on the web; even some pages
in english, german and french! .
en TV Haarlem 105 RTV Online. News and weather.
- A portal site for Haarlem. Quite good.
- another portal site. Pretty extensive. IE only.
023 - and yet another starting
page. Rather good.
- Nice site with lots of pictures. Some tourist-info.
Haarlem Digitaal - Muggen.net. Nice site about
Haarlem. Used to have lots of sights, but I don"t see them any more.
Nor the walks.
Good links and some news.
to Ron's Haarlem Pages - A
true patriot. Describes most of his beloved Haarlem:
Haarlem can lay claim to a number of important firsts:The first railway
line; The first electric tram; The first museum; The first football
club; The first baseball stadium; The first newspaper in Europe; The
first HBS (School for Higher Vocational Education); The first Teacher
A good overview of the town.
- The Netherlands - Excerpt from "Rick Steves'
book: France, Belgium & Netherlands.
vvv / touristinfo
The tourist board is at last the -
pretty good - site of the Haarlem tourist board. Even german
and english info at last. Oh well they used to close on sundays too.
Selling the city to tourists? Why bother?
So come see for yourself! If you think I can help you, just
mail me. See you in Haarlem!
Aaargh,it runs in Internet Explorer only. Now that just does it.
Noord-Holland - Cultural agenda of the province.
Also accomodation and attractions. This site also is getting better.
Cruises - Sail with our fully equiped ship to Amsterdam, Zaanse
Schans with the small wooden houses and windmills, Alkmaarder Lake.
Also daily cruises through the canals of Haarlem. See here
also. I did the one to the Zaanse schans and enjoyed it.
Fast Flying Ferries
- On the site of Connexxionn, go to fast flying ferries. Not really
in Haarlem, but close. If you like boattrips. They have a speedboatservice
between Velsen (north of Haarlem) to Amsterdam. This is a nice roundtrip
either from Amsterdam or from the Haarlem railway station. From Haarlem
Station take the bus #5 to Velsen Stationstraat and board the speedboat
just next to the ferry. To Amsterdam it takes 30 min and they go almost
every half hour. The vessels dock just behind the Central Station in
Amsterdam. I just found out you can take your bike aboard for a mere
2.10 euro. To take your dog is 0.40 more expensive ;-)
wooden shoes, captain, but not as we know it!
- The flower bulb garden of world fame is not very far from Haarlem.
The planned train sadly never took off. It stays open now after the
bulb season is over. They added some new gardens and exhibitions. The
best time for a visit is the last week of april and the first week of
may. This goes for the whole bulb growing region.
the Groote Markt: the most beautiful spot of Haarlem.
They have a cybercafé !
maintain a good site with tourist info.
Spaarne 8 - it
IS a hotel. Stunningly restored 1765 classic listed building.
2 Deluxe Doubles overlooking immaculate private garden. Situated in
the centre of the beautiful old city of Haarlem, with views of the river
Spaarne. Superb base for exploring the Netherlands. Just 15-20 minutes
from Amsterdam and Schiphol airport.
Complimentary drinks and breakfast.
Book long in advance. It was in every design magazine. Both in Holland
and the rest of the world. Discreet security personnel can sometimes
be seen sitting in their cars, indicating yet another celebrity inside.
It was in every garden magazine as well because of the garden of designer
Dick Beijer. (Who also did the garden of Elton John )
reservation online. Book your hotel in Austria, Belgium, England, France,
Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, the Philippines, South-Africa or Thailand.
Site Restaurantgids: Haarlem -
We have the most restaurants per capita in Holland. And
some pretty good ones too.
- a site with restaurant reviews by customers. In Haarlem
Dutch only. You have to register. Navigation is not very
straight forward. By long it is not Chowhound or the Village
Voice database (see my NY
If you're serious about eating out: buy this magazine:
yummy!) at the newspaper vendor. In dutch only. Their website
too. They maintain a best of list and a searchable database with
their ranking as a base. Please let somebody do a translation
is their overall #5. The have 2 Michelin stars. Price bracket
accordingly: expect to be spending around euro 90,- pp and up.
Still great food, though maybe not going for the 3rd * as some
years ago. It's situated just outside Haarlem on the road to the
When somebody else pays the bill (and ferries me back home) this
is my choice. The kind of place we celebrate anniversaries of
the more memorable kind ;-).
When in Holland you have to eat Indonesian food (rijsttafel -
rice table) at least once: My favourites in Haarlem:
Lachende Javaan, Frankestraat 25-27 · 023-5328792 -modern
Hilda, Wagenweg 214 · 023-5312871 - classic and classy
My Favorites at the moment:
On the banks of the river Spaarne:
Spaarne 37 - 023-5335525. Take a look at the fabulous pictures
of fish by photographer Piet van Leeuwen (who lives around the
corner). Expect to pay euro 30,- pp. (new owners now.)
this one: Lambermon's
! Still new! Hit the charts in it's second year as I expected. Hip
theater-cooking/eating/be seen. Nice place. Rumor has it, he threw
out the architect and in the end did everything himself. I can relate
to that. (No offense, Hortense ;-))
Lets wait for the stars! Oh well probably far too cool for the belgians
(all Michelin inspectors around here are Belgians). Expect to be spending
around euro 70,- pp. Worth it! Check the sometimes daring wine suggestions!
On his site you can find the menu from about 15:30.
At all times you can check out yesterday's menu and regret you weren't
If you're a fish lover like me, go to the harbour of IJmuiden, just
to the NE of Haarlem and go to Imko's fishrestaurant.
If you're serious about your fish, take the Marktmenu!
Expect to pay euro 60,- to 75,- but euro 110
is easily spent here as well. And worth it. Some great portwines ;-)
Nice touch: driver's portions for the wine. This restaurant is situated
on the top floor of a fish shop. Across the road is the fishmarket.
No public transport to this outpost. And the barrenness of his surroundings
made him at last announce his retreat from this wild wild west point.
As long he is still there: go there! They publish their menu in pdf
now. Even the Marktmenu!
Imko did stop his restaurant and went on at last. What a pity! I believe
he will be running a hotel with a restaurant somewhere else. I'll
keep an eye out.
very very Dutch day:
In any weather,
take a stroll to and on the pier at Ymuiden: a finger of 3 km that
juts out into the sea with the best feel of what Holland is about:
salt water and space. walk all the way out to the end. Have a look
at the boulders that have been smashed and wonder about the force
of nature here. Do NOT venture out there when closed. Rumour has it,
that every year in a big storm the sea comes and takes a tourist (mostly
german) as its rightly toll ;-)) In any case: the most serious sea
rescue team of all the coast have their seat here. At 10 beaufort
it is tempting, I must admit. But don't.
A bus service is running to the marina: 82 from Amsterdam Marnixstraat
Take lunch at one of the beach huts.
the way back have dinner at Imko's. Do make a reservation.
(back) to the first Haarlem links page
artists and designers
Schouten - designer and digital artist.
- uebercool - minimal gardens, see Spaarne 8, the hotel.
ontwerpers - was: Fontis design - coool.
shopping (at last something wich Haarlem is very good at!)
Oosterbaan - Camera and photography shop. Lots of good used
camera's. In case of camera problems on holiday visit this one.
Tiny shop on the outskirts of Haarlem; great guy. Highly recommended.
Engel - Photography-shop. They also rent digital videocamera's
Sportive's Bikeshop Online 'BIKEWEB" -
really cool bikes. Recommended.
- manufacturer of recumbants: even more
cool and pretty strange bikes too. Friendly and clever people.
People come, in person, from the States to collect their bike
here. Or to get their bike customized. Three star bike builders!
Worth the voyage. Highly recommended.
menu - Dial a pie.
& Speed Models - Jet & Speed Models. RC planes Tamiya
RC cars. Say hi to Look, the owner.
Wortel Workshop Website - a dutch
'coffee'shop. If you really have to visit one of these,
then try this one.
They Also own the Global
Hemp Museum - Everything you always
wanted to ask about...
Now a real hemp portal.
Hermine Guldemond art nouveau/art deco dealer, specialized
in DUTCH CERAMICS, from the period 1880-1940, and French
Schneider-glass, from ca. 1925. One of many very good antique
dealers in Haarlem.
Kuyper - Auctioneer of Books, Manuscripts and Prints.
Of world fame.
Autoverhuur - Car rental. They also have
Bouwens Autoverhuur - Car rental. They also
rent out Smart.
Haarlem - courses: many languages but also painting, photography
;-) and bricklaying.
Discriminatie Bureau - The Anti Discrimination Bureau registers
and deals with complaints about discrimination.
Haarlem-Mutare we're not the only people on this planet.
a showband on bicycles
: Dutch are funny people, you have to admit. Look here for pictures
and their next performance. There is at least one other marching band
on bikes in Holland. But in the rest of the world?
Oops they are gone cycling I guess...their site is gone for the moment.
: they developed the Lingo tv show format.
Groote Markt - Haarlem