Halfweg (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɦɑl(ə)fʋɛx]) is a village in the Dutch province of North Holland. Previously a part of the municipality of Haarlemmerliede en Spaarnwoude, it is currently a part of the municipality of Haarlemmermeer and lies about 8 km (5.0 mi) east of Haarlem. Its name, which translates as "halfway," comes from its location approximately halfway between Haarlem and Amsterdam.

Town hall of the former municipality of Haarlemmerliede en Spaarnwoude in 2010
Town hall of the former municipality of Haarlemmerliede en Spaarnwoude in 2010
Halfweg is located in Netherlands
Location in the Netherlands
Halfweg is located in North Holland
Location in the province of North Holland in the Netherlands
Coordinates: 52°23′N 4°45′E / 52.383°N 4.750°E / 52.383; 4.750
ProvinceNorth Holland
 • Total7.90 km2 (3.05 sq mi)
Elevation1.2 m (3.9 ft)
 • Total2,615
 • Density330/km2 (860/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code020

History edit

In 1632, the Haarlemmertrekvaart, a canal from Amsterdam to Haarlem, opened for passenger traffic by trekschuit (towed barges). At the halfway point the passengers needed to disembark and change boats.[3]

A towpath was laid along the canal, and this route has become the Haarlemmerweg (A200). From 1904 to 1957, Halfweg was a stop on the Amsterdam-Haarlem-Zandvoort electric tram line.

A sugar factory built in the 19th century was run by CSM Suiker fabriek from 1919 onwards. It closed in the 1990s, but the complex with its sugar silos still dominates the city skyline and is called "Sugar City" today.

Until 1876, Halfweg was right on the southern shores of the IJ Bay. With the construction of the North Sea Canal, a channel was dug through the IJ and lined with dikes, after which the remaining portions of the IJ Bay were reclaimed and turned into polders. As a result, the village of Ruigoord, formerly an island of the same name, borders Halfweg in the north, as does the town of Zwanenburg in the south.

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References edit

  1. ^ a b c "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2021". Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 30 April 2022.
  2. ^ "Postcodetool for 1165AA". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 30 April 2022.
  3. ^ History of the town and the mill on Museum website

External links edit

  •   Media related to Halfweg at Wikimedia Commons