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This 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 statue for.
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.

One 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 ;-)
The 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.

On 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

More Haarlem links (in no particular order):

Gemeente Haarlem - City Hall on the web; even some pages in english, german and french! .
Radio en TV Haarlem 105 RTV Online. News and weather.

023.pagina - A portal site for Haarlem. Quite good. - another portal site. Pretty extensive. IE only.
Boogo 023 - and yet another starting page. Rather good.
Hartje-haarlem - Nice site with lots of pictures. Some tourist-info.
Haarlem Digitaal - 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.

Welcome 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 Training College.
A good overview of the town.
Haarlem - 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.
VVV Noord-Holland - Cultural agenda of the province. Also accomodation and attractions. This site also is getting better.
Woltheus 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 ;-)

Its wooden shoes, captain, but not as we know it!

Keukenhof - 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.

Amadeus on the Groote Markt: the most beautiful spot of Haarlem. They have a cybercafé ! They 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.

Kookstudio Haarlem - cooking studio (cooking courses and events)
Dinner Site Restaurantgids: Haarlem - We have the most restaurants per capita in Holland. And some pretty good ones too.
Smulweb - a site with restaurant reviews by customers. In Haarlem 140!
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 links).
Lekker If you're serious about eating out: buy this magazine: lekker (i.e. 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 for them.

The Bokkedoorns 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 beach.
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:

Indonesian: De Lachende Javaan, Frankestraat 25-27 023-5328792 -modern and relaxed.
Indonesian: Wisma Hilda, Wagenweg 214 023-5312871 - classic and classy

My Favorites at the moment:

On the banks of the river Spaarne:

Lezer, 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.)

Watch 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 there ;-)))

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.

A 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 Bus station.
Take lunch at one of the beach huts.
On the way back have dinner at Imko's. Do make a reservation.

(back) to the first Haarlem links page


visual artists and designers
Kees Schouten - designer and digital artist.
Dick Beijer - uebercool - minimal gardens, see Spaarne 8, the hotel.
SMOOL ontwerpers - was: Fontis design - coool.

(at last something wich Haarlem is very good at!)

Foto 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.
Fotovak Engel - Photography-shop. They also rent digital videocamera's
Bike Sportive's Bikeshop Online 'BIKEWEB" - really cool bikes. Recommended.
Optima-cycles - 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.
Taart menu - Dial a pie.
Jet & Speed Models - Jet & Speed Models. RC planes Tamiya RC cars. Say hi to Look, the owner.
Willie 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.
Kunsthandel 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.
Bubb Kuyper - Auctioneer of Books, Manuscripts and Prints. Of world fame.

Sloothaak Autoverhuur - Car rental. They also have some motorbikes.
Bouwens Autoverhuur
- Car rental. They also rent out Smart.

and then :
VolksUniversiteit Haarlem - courses: many languages but also painting, photography ;-) and bricklaying.
Anti Discriminatie Bureau - The Anti Discrimination Bureau registers and deals with complaints about discrimination.
Citylink Haarlem-Mutare we're not the only people on this planet.

HHK: 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.

Boldface : they developed the Lingo tv show format.


Groote Markt
Groote Markt - Haarlem