Spaarnwoude: medieval village near the green recreation area

Next to Haarlem and just below Spaarndam you will find the village of Spaarnwoude - not to be confused with the recreational area of ​​the same name Spaarnwoude, which is located above the village. The village of Spaarnwoude has only about 100 inhabitants (2021) but a lot of history.

It originated in the Middle Ages on a beach ridge that was formed about 5000 years ago. The only land connection from Haarlem to Amsterdam ran along Spaarnwoude. The entire area was originally called Spaarnwoude, which means "forest near the river Spaarne". Discover more about this special village in Haarlemmermeer.
Camping Blauhek in Spaarnwoude.

Medieval church tower of Spaarnwoude 

In the municipality of Haarlemmermeer, every place of residence has its own iconic building by which you can recognize the place. You can recognize Spaarnwoude by the church with a medieval tower. A restored church with a striking medieval tower, in the middle of Spaarnwoude. The tower dates from the early thirteenth century.  

The current church was built in 1764 and is called De Stompe Toren. Today you can find it here Stompe Toren Cultural Center. This organization provides various activities in the church, such as exhibitions, concerts and workshops. The church also has a historical museum where you can learn everything about the history of the church. 

Sports in Spaarnwoude 

There are not many sports facilities in the village of Spaarnwoude. You can enjoy walking and cycling through the beautiful surroundings of Spaarnwoude. You will find more options in the nearby Spaarnwoude Park. For example, golf course Spaarnwoude, one of the courses where you can play golf at Golf Club Spaarnwoude, the largest golf complex in Europe! 

Fancy more action? Then you can go to Spaarnwoude Park at Paintball Spaarnwoude. Both young people and adults can compete here. Horse lovers can go to Riding school Spaarnwoude and winter sports enthusiasts can ski at ski slope called Spaarnwoude SnowWorld

Recreation in Spaarnwoude 

Do you need rest? Then you can enjoy the nature for which the area is known at Droompark Spaarnwoude. If you don't need a lot of luxury and comfort, camping Spaarnwoude is also an excellent place to spend the night. For example with Camping farm Blauhek, where you can camp on a real farm, between the cowsheds! 

If you just need a little more fun and festivity, then the surroundings of Spaarnwoude are also perfect. Various festivals and events are organized every summer in Spaarnwoude Park and Houtrak. From Dance Valley to Awakenings Festival, music lovers can go all day and night here. 

Restaurants in Spaarnwoude 

In the vicinity of the village of Spaarnwoude you will find all kinds of cozy restaurants. For example, the eponymous Spaarnwoude Restaurant, which is part of the Fletcher Hotel Spaarnwoude in Velsen-Zuid. For a nice lunch you can go to lunchroom At the Buuf in Spaarndam and for a nice drink you go to Cafe de Tourist

As you can see, there is a lot to discover here. Be sure to pay a visit to the historic village of Spaarnwoude and discover what the extensive surroundings of Spaarnwoude have to offer!