Haarlem CS (Central Station): origin, style, architectonic details, difference between Haarlem CS and railway stations in other cities, renovations, qualification as “Rijksmonument” (state monument) and decoration for both national as international blockbuster movies like “Zwartboek” and “Ocean’s Twelve”.
Origin and style of Haarlem CS
Built in the early twentieth century, Haarlem Central Station appears as a fine example of the “Art Nouveau Style”/”Jugend Stil Style” with many references to the Gothic style. It is composed of two brick buildings joined together by iron trusses, which is a characteristic feature of the early ‘900.
The difference between Haarlem CS and railway stations in other cities
Old square transformed into modern square
Main entrance hall
For train travellers the main entrance hall forms a gorgeous entryway to the city. Although delays are quite annoying, travellers with a positive mindset – who want to make the best of their ‘killing time’ at the Haarlem station, whenever they are stuck – might even enjoy making a (small) tour throughout the building to admire the many details. It’s absolutely worth it.
Nice to know is that the station building itself has been qualified as “Rijksmonument” (state monument).