Beautiful Tourist Places to Visit in Hoofddorp, Netherlands, Europe

Beautiful Tourist Places to Visit in Hoofddorp, Netherlands, Europe

Hoofddorp is a town coming under the Haarlemmermeer municipality in the North Holland province in the Netherlands. It is the major town of the municipality holding a population more than 73,000, as of the recent census. The famous persons like Marly van der Velden (actress), Khalid Bouhlarouz (football player), Fanny Blankers-Koen (4-time Olympic gold medalist) and C. Joh. Kieviet (writer) were born in Hoofddorp.


Geography of Hoofddorp:

Hoofddorp coordinates with 52°18′ N latitude and 4°40′ E longitude and is situated about 22 km southwest of Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands.


History of Hoofddorp:

Along with the Nieuw-Vennep town, Hoofddorp was founded in 1853 following the draining of the Haarlemmermeer. Hoofddorp was the location of the first windmill in the Haarlemmermeer, founded in 1856 by Dirk David van Dijk.


Connectivity to Hoofddorp:

Hoofddorp is served by Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, situated around 8 km away from the heart of Hoofddorp. This airport handles flights from and to Delhi, Mumbai, Beijing, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and many other Asian cities and all the important European destinations.

There are taxis always gettable at the airport and also one can use public buses for inexpensive travel.

Also Hoofddorp houses many travel agencies offering cars and bikes for rent on day and weekly basis. Advance booking is preferred.


Culture, Shopping and Food in Hoofddorp:

There are two famous museums in Hoofddorp describing the culture and history of the region. The major festivals celebrated in Hoofddorp include Mystery Land, Concours Hippique, Hoofddorp Culinair and Meer Jazz.

There is a big shopping mall in the heart of Hoofddorp and the major food corners in Hoofddorp are listed below:

  • Eetcafe de Vaart
  • Restaurant Elders
  • Barista Cafe Hoofddorp
  • China Fantasy
  • Vork en Mes


Things to do in Hoofddorp:

  • Day tours
  • Bike riding
  • Hiking
  • Shopping


Places to visit in Hoofddorp:

Windmill in Hoofddorp:

Hoofddorp was home to the first windmill of the Haarlemmermeer municipality that was built by Dirk David van Dijk in 1856. Later that mill was displaced to another site near fort Hoofddorp and is now allowed for tourists.


Haarlemmermeerse Bos:

Being a largest public park in Haarlemmermeer municipality, the Haarlemmermeerse Bos is renowned for its large lake established for swimming purpose and Spotter’s Hill, a 40 meter artificial hill. It was also the venue of the International Garden Show Floriade (2002).


Museum De Cruquius:

The Museum De Cruquius is housed in a steam mill in Haarlemmermeer centered on the steam engine and other industrial equipments. There is a park near the museum.


Other places of interest in and around Hoofddorp include:

  • Stelling van Amsterdam
  • Rijksmuseum Schipol
  • Historisch Museum Haarlemmermeer
  • Royal Palace of Amsterdam
  • Natura Artis Magistra
  • Anne Frank House
  • Central Library
  • Amstelkring Museum
  • Koninklijk Theater Carre
  • Het Scheepvaartmuseum National Maritime Museum
  • Museum Het Rembrandthuis
  • Van Gogh Museum
  • Museum Het Schip
  • Museum of Bags and Purses
  • De Negen Straatjes
  • The Resistance Museum


Best time to visit Hoofddorp:

Between May and September is the best time to travel Hoofddorp while the weather remains pleasant.


Accommodation Options in and around Hoofddorp:

Within the Hoofddorp town, hotels are few, one can find more facilitated hotels near the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol which is not far from Hoofddorp. It is also recommended for tourists to drive towards Amsterdam city. Some of the fine hotels in and around Hoofddorp include:

  • Van der Valk Hotel Schiphol A4
  • Hampton by Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
  • Crowne Plaza Amsterdam Schiphol
  • Courtyard Amsterdam Airport
  • I Am Hotel Amsterdam Airport
  • Holiday Inn Express Amsterdam-Schiphol
  • NH Schiphol Airport
  • BEST WESTERN Amsterdam Airport
  • Hotel De Beurs
  • Bastion Hotel Schiphol
  • Radisson Blu Hotel Amsterdam Airport
  • Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
  • Hotel Aalsmeer
  • Hotel-Restaurant ‘t Schouwse Hof
  • Goedkoop Slapen bij Schiphol

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