It’s easy to find the Harlingen Harbour Crane. All you have to do is look for the Crane’s high legs standing almost in the Wadden Sea yet only a stone’s throw from the centre of historic Harlingen. Staying the night in a Harbour Crane? We’ll bet you’ve never dreamt of that!
A unique experience We have applied to the Harlingen Harbour Crane all the knowledge and experience gained from working on the Lighthouse and the Lifeboat. It is here that the unassailable elevation of a lighthouse merges with the freedom of living on the water. And to top it all off, you get to do something unbelievable: you can have the crane swing into action!
A picture Its form is alluring. Photogenic from every angle, this industrial monument leaves you with the impression it’s dancing gracefully on the quay, seducing both seafarer and landlubber. The crane’s many pet names speak volumes: Blauwe Kop (Blue Head), de Spin (the Spider), Lange Willem (Long William).
Two lifts? Yes! The entrance has a surprise in store for you. The Spartan cage ladders have been replaced by two specially designed lifts – slimline specimens of technical brilliance. The first lift brings you to a platform between the crane’s legs – simply amazing. In the second lift, both of you become a pneumatic dispatch: eye-to-eye, you zoom up to the heart of the crane. “Beam me up, Scotty.”
Into space Entering the machine room reduces you to silence: this is how beautiful technology can be. The facilities will surprise you as well. Will only 60 m3 provide enough room? It does, because the visual area is measured in cubic kilometres. A well-designed bed, sitting comfort from Charles Eames and a shower bath for two provide the finishing touch. The lighting and audio-visual electronics are all touch screen operated. You won’t forget to stay in touch with Mother Earth, will you?
Let it swing! A little staircase leads from the main room to the cabin. One chair, one stick. A tentative hand. A careful push to the left or right. Hold your breath. Sixty-five thousand kilos of steel start rotating at your very command. 360 degrees round and round and round. On the Harlingen Harbour Crane, you manipulate the panorama – day or night.
See, hear, feel, smell You can’t predict the view. It’s just as beautiful and stunning as it is from the Lighthouse, with this difference: from the Harbour Crane you can see the Lighthouse! The Wadden Islands are out of reach, but the ships on the Wadden Sea seem to be within your grasp. For a moment it seems as if happiness can be made to order. There’s a patio on the roof. Behind an inviting door, the outside world suddenly becomes tangible. Though protected by a solid railing, you walk along the edge as if you had just learned to take your first steps – aware of every step, aware of all your senses.