Halfweg: the iconic connection between Amsterdam and Haarlem

Just above Zwanenburg you will find Halfweg. This village in Haarlemmermeer forms a twin village with Zwanenburg. Two bridges connect the two villages across the Ringvaart of the Haarlemmermeerpolder. Halfweg owes its name to its location, as it is situated exactly halfway between Amsterdam and Haarlem. For centuries, the Spaarndammerdijk formed the division between the water of the Haarlemmermeer and the open water of the IJ. Halfweg has about 2600 inhabitants (2021) and has many special places that are definitely worth exploring.
Raadhuis in Halfweg met Sugar City op de achtergrond.

SugarCity event location 

In Haarlemmermeer, each town is characterized by an iconic building. You can recognize Halfweg by the illuminated silos of SugarCity. SugarCity is the name of the former site of the CSM sugar factory in Halfweg. Sugar was previously stored in these huge silos. Today, the two 50-meter-high sugar silos have been converted into modern office spaces and showrooms. 

Halfweg's first sugar factory was opened in 1863. In 1919 the Sugar Factory Holland was transferred to the Centrale Suiker Maatschappij and the name CSM came into being. The former CSM site was renamed SugarCity in 2000, and it is now considered an industrial heritage site. 

Steam pumping station Stoomgemaal Halfweg 

Another iconic location in Halfweg is the steam pumping station. Stoomgemaal Halfweg dates from 1852 and is located on the Ringvaart of the Haarlemmermeerpolder. This pumping station is the oldest and largest still working paddlewheel steam pumping station in the world. In the accompanying museum, you can learn more about the history of this special place. Museum Stoomgemaal Halfweg is closed in winter, but is open again for visitors in April. 

Shopping in Halfweg 

If you enjoy shopping, Halfweg is the place for you! All major brands can be found at Amsterdam The Style Outlets at significant discounts. This outlet in Halfweg is located on the SugarCity site and is very easily accessible. The shopping center has more than 75 national and international top brands, including Karl Lagerfeld, G-Star, Adidas, and Björn Borg. 

Restaurants in Halfweg 

When you’re done shopping, you can enjoy a delicious meal in one of the restaurants in Halfweg. For example, go for an unforgettable hamburger at The Burger Federation in SugarCity, or opt for a sandwich or salad at the cozy lunchroom Anne&Max. Do you wish to extend your stay? You can easily do so at one of the comfortable hotels in Halfweg. 

As you can tell, there is plenty to discover in Halfweg. Whether you're shopping or curious about the history of the Halfweg steam pumping station, you'll have a great time here!