"Hoofddorp the city in between cities" Hoofddorp by martin_nl

Hoofddorp Travel Guide: 16 reviews and 134 photos

Ideal location for a lot of sights

Hoofddorp is not known to many people. Not that strange considering that there is hardly anything to see. Haarlemmermeer is the community, Hoofddorp is located in. Other places are Cruquius, Schiphol Amsterdam Airport, Nieuw Vennep and my hometown Zwaanshoek. It is very strategically placed right in between Haarlem, Amsterdam, Aalsmeer which is the centre of the flower industry and one of Europe's biggest airports, Schiphol.

Because of this location many big international companies have big offices in Hoofddorp or the Haarlemmermeer, and even more are coming. Many visitors that spend their time in the Netherlands also stay a night in one of the airport hotels, from which a lot are situated in Hoofddorp.

Cultivating the land

The year 2002 is the year that Haarlemmermeer is 150 years old, which means that about 150 years ago Haarlemmermeer was a lake, the Lake of Haarlem. Already in 1617 the first plans were made to drain the lake. It wasn't untill 1845 that the first steam pumping station called the Leeghwater started to actually drain the wild water of this big lake. Four years later in 1849 two more of these steam pumping stations (Cruquius and De Lynden)started to work. Finally, in 1852, after 7 years of pumping the bottom of the lake is finally reached. The water is now in a canal called the Ringvaart, which is in between dikes and is surrounding the whole new area Haarlemmermeer.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Ideally located from many important sights.
  • Cons:Not much to do in Hoofddorp itself.
  • Intro Updated Dec 15, 2002
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  • reinierpv's Profile Photo
    Mar 29, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Pleaes be advised that this discotheque is currently closed.

  • shutterlust's Profile Photo
    May 14, 2007 at 10:14 AM

    Hey handsome! :-) Thanks for the birthday/congrats wishes! I'm thinking about July/August for the cycling trip...do you have any days that would be better for you?? And have you finished the big move yet? Can't wait to see you again!! :hugs:

  • b1bob's Profile Photo
    Oct 15, 2006 at 2:35 PM

    Right nice job! Happy birthday.

  • tini58de's Profile Photo
    Sep 29, 2005 at 3:08 AM

    Interesting location - I have never heard of it! Thanks for introducing it to us!

  • pieter_jan_v's Profile Photo
    Sep 14, 2005 at 5:07 AM

    En waar blijft jouw Schiphol pagina??? PJ

  • JudyinPA's Profile Photo
    Mar 3, 2003 at 2:09 PM

    This museum must be especially interesting.

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Jan 8, 2003 at 2:22 AM

    A very nice page! interesting place!

  • tompt's Profile Photo
    Jan 2, 2003 at 9:23 AM

    Nooit aan gedacht om Hoofddorp te bezoeken....... so close so unknown!

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