The capital of the province of North Holland, located on the river Spaarne, giving it its nickname, Spaarne city. Discover culinary Haarlem together with actor guide Ingrid Marsman. Her special dinner walks are informative and entertaining. She plays 3 historical women who show the city through their eyes and walks with you to 3 different locations for a 3-course dinner.

jansje van Goor

With Jansje van Goor to the starter

The walk starts at De Grote Vermaning, a Mennonite church from 1683. The believers were always connected in Haarlem with almshouses and orphans, elderly and poor houses. Jansje van Goor was a Mennonite girl, ‘weak in sentences’ that left a small capital. She talks about faith and shows the beautiful courtyards.

Haarlem Kenau

With Kenau to the main course

After the starter the group goes back to the time of the 80 year war against the Spaniards. The Kenau in Haarlem was a shipbuilder and timber merchant. She became known for her resistance and gained the status of national heroine. Kenau lives on because a determined woman is still called ‘a kenau’.

With Malle Babbe to the dessert

Malle Babbe was painted by Frans Hals around 1634. She really existed. Her name was Barbara Claes, and she was mentally handicapped. Her nickname would be a corruption of Malle Barbara; crazy Barbara. In the song of Rob de Nijs she turns out to be a prostitute. Babbe will therefore take you to the dessert via the current Rosse neighborhood.

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