Among Haarlem’s twenty something famous hofjes, Johannes Enschedé Hof (translation: Johannes Enschedé Almshouse) is the newest almshouse in Haarlem completed in 2007. It  was named after Johannes Enschedé (1708-1780), a Dutch printer based in Haarlem who specialized in printing security documents, stamps and banknotes.

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Johannes Enschedé Hof was built with modern façade containing 10 homes; 8 for women over 65 and 2 for elderly couples. The official address is at Korte Begijnestraat 18-36 (even numbers only).

If you are interested to visit, the entrance to Johannes Enschedé Hof is located on Korte Begijnestraat near Begijnebrug bridge. The almshouse is open to visitors Monday to Saturday from 10am – 5pm. Strictly no visitors on Sundays and public holidays.

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NOTE: Incidentally, this newest almshouse, the Johannes Enchedé Almshouse, lies adjacent to the oldest almshouse Hofje van Bakenes dating back 1395. Both almshouses are interconnected! Hofje van Bakenes has 2 entrance gates located along Bakenessergracht, next to house number 64 and the other is on Wijde Appelaarsteeg, just around the corner through Nauwe Appelaarsteeg street. Look out for green door with decorated keystone above it!


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