Sights To See

Zoetermeer’s history goes back for more than 1000 years.

Zoetermeer has been developing rapidly in the area of urban planning and it occupies a leading position within Dutch national architecture. Over a hundred monuments, buildings and churches, each tell their own story. A large variety of architectural styles makes the city interesting and therefore worth a visit. Take time to take a look at the Old Five, you won’t be disappointed.

MandelabrugArchitecture

Zoetermeer holds a prime position in Dutch architecture when it comes to urban planning. A great variety in building styles makes this city adventurous and exciting to see. All districts in Zoetermeer have a different look to them and they all have a story to tell. Floravontuur Promotie Zoetermeer has created a series of eight different architectural walks. These are available at the Tourist Information Point, at the library and at Floravontuur Promotie Zoetermeer.

SpazioSpazio

Anyone who drives into Zoetermeer by way of the Afrikaweg, can see Zoetermeer’s skyline with its enormous towers from far away. These towers form Spazio: a complex of three multi-storey apartment buildings and an office building creating a square. A promenade crosses this complex of buildings and a UFO seems to be floating above it. This UFO is a glass structure which houses a fitnessclub. The UFO was designed in 2006 by Architecten Cie.

BakkerswinkelDorpsstraat (Old City Centre)

The history of this street can almost be traced back to the beginning of Zoetermeer, over a thousand years ago. With its two immense historic churches, the ‘Dorpsstraat’ (old city centre) forms a connecting road between old and new. There are cosy little squares and interesting views and vistas, old Dutch façades and quasi-old new buildings. In the Dorpsstraat you can also find a collection of national and municipal monuments. One example is the ‘Oude Huis’ (the old house) which currently houses the ‘Stadsmuseum Zoetermeer’ (the city museum) or the Graanschuur’ (the granary), which has been converted into the restaurant 1892.

De Graanschuur (The Granary)
Dorpsstraat 74a
2712 AM Zoetermeer
(079) 8893744
www.1892etendrinken.nl

‘De Graanschuur’ was built as a grain warehouse in 1892 on behalf of grain merchant Pieter Machiel Lammens. Lammens lived in the big house in front of De Graanschuur at the Dorpsstraat. Until the 1970s, the building was primarily known as a small theatre, with a federation of lenders of art downstairs and a café. This municipal monument has been converted into restaurant 1892.

ZoetelaarLunch Cafe De Zoetelaar
Dorpsstraat 99
2712 AE Zoetermeer
(079) 3168322
www.dezoetelaar.nl

Lunch café ‘De Zoetelaar’ is located in the former Christian school in the old city centre, the Dorpsstraat. The school was built in 1931 to a design of municipal architect Jan Dekker. The building is a prime example of the traditional “Delft School” style, with its high pitched roof and small dormer windows. Also note the beautiful entrance with brick flower boxes characteristic of this architectural style.

VoorwegVlamingstraat/Voorweg

After the area around Driemanspolder was reclaimed in the 17th and 18th centuries, it developed quickly into an affluent farming community and a site where many rich citizens established their manor houses. The two main roads, the Vlamingstraat and the Voorweg, were the main thoroughfares for many merchants and salesmen. Especially the Vlamingstraat developed into a street where dignitaries wanted to live. One can still enjoy the rural character of this street through the many imposing farms and impressive buildings.

Hofstede MeerzigtHofstede Meerzigt
Zonnenberg 10
2716 PG Zoetermeer
(079) 3515902
www.hofstedemeerzigt.nl

This imposing farmhouse was built in 1640 and in 1677 the ‘Hofstede’ (the estate) was added. During the 2006 restoration of the building, the original monumental features were left intact and much care was taken when placing the modern restaurant into this historic building. The former coach-house has been transformed into an intimate dining-area with a beautiful fireplace. (One of the Old Five)

KoepeltjesKoepeltjeswoning

The neighborhood called the ‘Koepeltjesbuurt’ (domed neighbourhood) is known for its domed houses. This distinctive neighborhood is situated in the district Meerzicht and was built in 1971/ 1972. The domed houses are easily recognizable with their distinctive white walls and orange domes. These houses are part of the architectural movement called structuralism, which is characterized by its repetitive building forms. The houses are placed partially next to and partially behind each other. Because of this way of planning, there is no difference between the (private) gardens and public space. They were designed by the architect Benno Stegman. The architectural walk through Meerzicht passes the domed houses.

Molen de HoopWindmill De Hoop
Eerste Stationstraat 37a
2712 HB Zoetermeer
(079) 3164920
www.molendehoopzoetermeer.nl

Windmill ‘De Hoop’ (The Hope) was rebuilt in 1897 after the previous mill had burned down. Old maps show that as early as the 16th century a windmill was situated here. After it had been deteriorating for a long time, it was fully restored in 1985 and 1986. Since then, De Hoop has been in use again as a corn-mill. Within the mill a cosy shop is located, where all kinds of bakery goods are being sold which are produced in the mill. The mill is open to visitors every Friday and Saturday from 11:00h to 17: 00h. (One of the Old Five)

Mormonen tempelMormon Tempel
Osijlaan 2
2722 CV Zoetermeer
(079) 3435319

The ‘The Hague-Temple’ of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was designed by the architects Meijer & Van Eerden and was constructed with Olympia White granite. It is the only building in which not only civil weddings can be consecrated, but also marriages for time and all eternity. Mormons may also perform sacred ceremonies here on behalf of ancestors who have passed away. The Temple is not open to the public.

WatertorenWater Tower 'De Tien Gemeenten'
Derde Stationsstraat
Zoetermeer

Water tower ‘De Tien Gemeenten’ has been immortalised in Madurodam, the world famous miniature city in The Hague. The Tower was designed by the architect C. Visser (Delft) and was built in 1927-1928 upon instructions from the Drinkwaterleiding foundation. The octagonal shaped tower is 45 metres high, has a diameter of over 10 metres and rests on 324 piles. The water tower used to function as a buffer for the water mains of the surrounding ten municipalities and contains a reservoir of 500m2. (One of the Old Five)

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