Welcome to Haarlemmermeer!
Haarlemmermeer is located right in the centre of the Netherlands, at an average elevation of 6 metres below the Normal Amsterdam reference Level (NAP), within the triangle formed by Amsterdam, Haarlem and Leiden - in the heart of the Randstad and the Amsterdam Metropolitan Region (MRA).
In Haarlemmermeer, the area of the Haarlem lake originally drained between 1849 and 1852 in order to protect Amsterdam and Leiden from flooding, there are now 26 villages scattered over an area of just over 18,500 hectare. These villages each have their own features, icons and character. From 1 January 2019, the current municipality of Haarlemmerliede and Spaarnwoude will also be included within the boundaries of Haarlemmermeer.
Schiphol Airport, our national airport, which is located in Haarlemmermeer, connects the Netherlands with the world. A total of 104 airlines land on our magnificent polder each week, arriving from 326 direct destinations in 98 countries. From Schiphol it is just 4 minutes by train to Hoofddorp. As a prime port of entry, Schiphol is of significant economic importance to the region. More than 65,000 people work at the airport and it is home to around 500 different businesses.
Haarlemmermeer, worth learning more about!
Apart from the fact that Haarlemmermeer is a great home base for visiting the surrounding historic cities, there is much more to enjoy here, both for (inter)national leisure tourists and for business visitors.
Despite the fact that Haarlemmermeer lies directly next to Amsterdam, it is a remarkably green, spacious and easy to reach municipality, where you can engage in outstanding sporting and leisure activities, or just dream some time away on the many lush waterfront areas.
The region also has a very varied range of splendid modern and professional conference and events facilities for the organisation of a wide variety of public events and business meetings. In addition, the region now boasts 33 international hotel chains, a number that is set to grow over the next few years.
It offers all levels of comfort with something for everyone. A maximum of 20 minutes away from the surrounding major city centres, in the middle of the countryside but easy to reach, Haarlemmermeer offers a very attractive alternative to the often busy larger cities with their higher costs.
The Haarlemmermeer municipality aims to promote an ideal quality of living, working, home life and learning, while increasing competitiveness, through the circular society. Haarlemmermeer works closely together with the business world and the other partners in the Amsterdam metropolitan region, the Amsterdam Economic Board and with famous institutions of learning such as Arizona State University. Haarlemmermeer was also the first municipality in the Netherlands to become a member of the Circular Economy 100 platform of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. This platform brings together leading companies and public bodies in order to accelerate the changeover (transition) to a circular economy. Haarlemmermeer’s ambition is to become and remain the leading circular Hotspot in the Netherlands.
Amsterdam Metropolitan Region (AMR)
The Amsterdam Metropolitan Region is the collaborative association of the North Holland and Flevoland provinces, 33 municipalities and the Amsterdam transport region. In this collaboration, each municipality and sub-region contributes certain qualities that strengthen the whole. The power of the AMR lies in its diversity: from economics to urban development and landscaping.
The metropolitan region includes a varied area, and stretches from IJmuiden to Lelystad and from Purmerend to Haarlemmermeer. The region includes two airports, sea ports, the financial centre of the Netherlands, the flower auctions at Aalsmeer, Media Valley and clusters of creative businesses. In addition, the region is famous for a number of attractive historic cities and a wide variety of landscapes.
From 1 January 2019, the municipality of Haarlemmerliede and Spaarnwoude, to the north of the Ringvaart canal that surrounds Haarlemmermeer, will be added to the Haarlemmermeer. The two municipalities have been naturally linked for a long time. They have a comparable history: both were created from the battle against water, and both provide a green buffer between the old Dutch cities of Amsterdam, Haarlem and Leiden. Both municipalities are partly covered by an open agricultural landscape with different centres.
The expansion of Haarlemmermeer to include this municipality will further strengthen the offer of Event Park Amsterdam. The original town of Spaarndam with its great atmosphere, the attractive event location of SugarCity and the extensive natural and recreational area of Spaarnwoude are good examples of the opportunities and options available to you when planning and organising your conference, meeting or event!