Cruquius: discover the unique history of Haarlemmermeer here

Between Heemstede and Hoofddorp lies the beautiful village of Cruquius on the Ringvaart. This small village has about 1000 inhabitants. When you hear the name Cruquius, the first thing you probably think of is the former Gemaal de Cruquius. The village of Cruquius is therefore named after the pumping station that was named in the mid-19th century after one of the early initiators of the reclamation of the Haarlemmermeer: ​​the hydraulic engineer Nicolaas Samuel Cruquius. This unique steam pumping station is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and now also has a museum. You will also find many nice shops in Cruquius and amazing restaurants.
Cyclist at Cruquius pumping station.

De Cruquius pumping station 

In the municipality of Haarlemmermeer, every place of residence has its own iconic building by which you can recognize the place. You can recognize Cruquius by the steam pumping station. The Gemaal de Cruquius from 1849 is one of the three pumping stations with which Haarlemmermeer was pumped dry between 1849 and 1852.  

It is the largest steam engine in the world and is one of the top 100 Dutch national monuments. Today, Gemaal de Cruquius is an important industrial monument due to its special architecture and rich history. It is therefore one of the top 100 of the Dutch national monuments. This unique location has since been converted into a cultural hotspot with an innovative museum. Gemaal de Cruquius also offers meeting rooms and rooms for various events.  

Cruquis Museum 

The Cruquius Museum is part of Gemaal de Cruquius and tells the centuries-long history of the battle against the water. Are you curious about a preview? During a virtual tour the famous meteorologist Nicolaus Samuelis Cruquius and his housekeeper Johanna take you through the pumping station and the reclamation of the polder. Audio tours are also available in the museum and there is a fun treasure hunt for the kids. 

Residential boulevard Cruquius 

Cruquius is also a hotspot for people looking for a new interior. In Cruquius you will find a large residential boulevard where you can find the nicest furniture and decoration for your home. Here you can shop to your heart's content on an area of ​​no less than 80.000 m2 with 55 cool home furnishing shops. For more information, see the website of Residential boulevard Cruquius.  

Activities in Cruquius 

In addition to the museum and the nice shops, Cruquius also has a number of great restaurants. For example, after a visit to the Cruquius Museum you can have a delicious lunch at Teahouse Cruquius, located on the water right next to Gemaal de Cruquius. For an extensive dinner you can go to Zyanos Grand Cafe or at it Pancake Pavilion restaurant in Cruquis. 

Whether you come shopping, admire the steam pumping station or visit the Cruquius Museum, there is plenty to do in this beautiful village. So be sure to pay a visit to Cruquius and discover the rich history of the battle against the water in Haarlemmermeer, which ultimately resulted in this beautiful piece of land.