The small yet static city of Hoofdorp is one of the Netherland’s best kept secrets. Enjoying a prime location only 20km from Amsterdam, the cosmopolitan city houses the capital’s overspill of innovative art and historic architecture. An authentic Dutch atmosphere permeates the city, in which the tinkle of a bicycle bell can always be heard. The city is home to a colourful selection of exhibitions throughout the year, all of which showcase its original artistic expressions; most notable is Mysteryland, a dynamic dance festival that encompasses many musical genres.
Hoofddorp is a city in which the artistic and the ancient co-exist harmoniously; futuristic sculptures neighbour historic houses, creating a dynamic dichotomy. Some of the city’s most ultramodern art is public and completely free to observe, so ensure you visit the metallic and magnificent Little Man of Hoofddorp, a 7 metre structure open to interpretation.
The De Ersteling Mill is a historic landmark that commemorates Holland’s rich agricultural past. The recognisable symbol was recently declared a national monument, and enjoys a luscious location amidst flower filled meadows on the city’s periphery.
Discover the city’s intriguing historical heritage in the Historisch Museum, a museum dedicated to depicting the region’s legend steeped legacy. A multi media exhibition uses tapestries, old documents and themed décor to tell the story of bygone days.
The Marktzicht is hailed as one of the city’s gastronomic gods due to its classy cuisine and elegant interior. The refined restaurant that occupies a prime position on the market square and its creative menu draws influence from Dutch specialities and international classics; the most delightful desert is the crunchy crème brulee accompanied by fresh strawberries, a perfect conclusion to culinary dream. (Marktplein 31, 2132 DA Hoofddorp, Netherlands)