Hoofddorp was created specifically after the Haarlemmermeer was drained in 1853 and is the main town of this region in North Holland with a population of around 73,000. With a relative short history, Hoofddorp was included in the defence line of Amsterdam and saw the creation of a fort and several gun batteries that interconnected with the canal network for transportation.
The town benefits from fantastic transport links to Amsterdam and Haarlem, and is also in close proximity to Schiphol airport. As a tourist destination in its own right, Hoofddorp has a fantastic variety of outdoor and natural activities that are based around the Haarlemmermeer basin.
Lets explore the best things to do in Hoofddorp:
1. Haarlemmermeerse Bos
The premier park in Hoofddorp, the Haarlemmermeerse Bos spans over a wide area to the north of the city.
Here you will find a whole host of recreational activities and a well developed network of paths that wind around the park and the lake.
Additionally you will find man-made beaches, several children’s playgrounds, two restaurants and plenty of facilities for both fields sports and water sports.
You could spend hours here walking through the forests, paddling in the lake or enjoying a relaxing time on the lawns.