The Harlingen Harbor Crane hotel, which is being discussed, is located at an altitude of 17 meters – in a crane cabin, in the port of a small town of Harlingen in the north of the Netherlands.
Here it is a cozy nest of the post-industrial era. The crane built-in 1967 worked in the port for transshipment of wood, which was shipped from Russia to Scandinavia. In 1996, the old laborer was “written off ashore.” So he would have to rust here, but in 2001 there were spouses Willem Kurnstr and Karl Comello, who had an almost crazy idea in their heads – to change the faucet, no more, no less, to a hotel. It took two years to implement the idea. The result was a chic (yes, according to reviews, it was this) mini-hotel. There is only one double room – neighbors that interfere with sleep, you are not at risk. Number one, but what! Bedroom with a giant bed and a TV, high-tech lighting system, electronic temperature controller; Panoramic views of the Wadden Sea, the lighthouse, the city, and the port. If desired, the cab can be rotated 360 degrees. Special lift for guests and a separate lift for breakfast delivery to the room. There is even a small open terrace.
In Harlingen, there is another unusual hotel for two – in the building of the former lighthouse. On three levels Vuurtoren Harlingen are a bathroom, bedroom and living room.
Harlingen port town, where these hotels are located, has become widely known thanks to a legend invented, oddly enough, by the American children’s writer Mary Mapes Dodge at the end of the 19th century. In her novel, Hans Brinker, or Silver Skates, better known as the Haarlem Hero, the son of a Haarlem slugger accidentally finds a leak in the dam and saves the city by plugging a hole with his finger. Mary Mapes Dodge in Holland has never been, but in her book, she so truthfully described local customs, holidays, curious facts from the country’s history that soon tourists coming to Holland began searching for the same city and dam or at least a monument to the hero boy. In the wake of tourist interest in 1963, the monument was still installed.
Harlingen stands on the shores of the Wadden Sea, which is part of the North Sea. By the way, the name “Watt” comes from the word “watts”, which means shallows that are formed at low tide and become part of the seabed at high tide. The easiest way to get to Harlingen is from nearby Leeuwarden (30 km), but you can get straight from Amsterdam. It is from here, from Harlingen, ferries to the two West Frisian islands are being recovered: Vlyland (Vlieland) and Terschelling (Terschelling) – where the Dutch go all year round, but especially in summer – to admire the dunes and old lighthouses.