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Haarlem (map) is a lovely historical city on the river Spaarne 20 km from Amsterdam. Haarlem boasts a magnificent old centre with plenty of monumental buildings. As the city was home to several first class Dutch painters, including Frans Hals, there’s a lot of art to go around.

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Haarlem’s main sights are its lovely historic centre and its fine art museums. You’ll get a good idea of what the city has to offer by just wandering the streets in the centre for a while, as many monumental buildings and the most prominent museums are all there.

Grote Markt square (map), with the huge Saint Bavo church (map), is the heart of the old city. Not only the church, but several monumental buildings can be found on different sides of the square and when the weather allows, it’s lined with outdoor café terraces.

Haarlem is best seen on foot: it’s a 10- to 15-minute walk from the train station to the city centre. If you don’t want to walk, bus will take you from the central train and bus station to busstop “Centrum/Verwulft” (map) in about 5 minutes.

There are several museums in Haarlem. The Teylers Museum (map) lies on the Spaarne river and is the oldest museum of the Netherlands. Its main subjects are art, science and natural history, and it owns a number of works by Michelangelo and Rembrandt. Another museum is the Frans Hals Museum (map) of fine arts, with its main location housing Dutch master paintings, and its exhibition halls on the Grote Markt housing a gallery for modern art called De Hallen (map).

Molen De Adriaan (map)  this beautiful windmill on the benches of the river Spaarne was of the main landmarks of Haarlem for centuries, until it was destroyed in a 1932 fire. Several plans to rebuild it failed due to lack of funds, but in 2002 the windmill was finally fully restored to former glory. It’s functional, for tourist purposes, and holds a small museum.

The Grote Houtstraat (map), the main shopping street, has most of the obvious shops. The surrounding streets (Kleine Houtstraat (map) and Gierstraat) house smaller shops, where you can browse or buy everything from high-end bicycles to teapots.

*Alkmaar (map) – famous for its cheese market, has canals and a nice historic centre too. The direct train takes about 30 min.


#1 The Hague

The heart of the city contains most of the historic architecture from the medieval, renaissance, and Baroque periods and is easily accessible on foot.

#2 Visit Haarlem

Haarlem, located just 20 km from Amsterdam. It proudly showcases a magnificent old center adorned with numerous monumental buildings.

#3 Visit Utrecht

Utrecht’s ancient city center is home to a plethora of buildings and structures, some of which date back as far as the High Middle Ages.

Public transport.

Information about all types of public transport.

OV Reisplanner – All public transport companies.

All public transport in the Netherlands (buses, trams, metros and trains) use contactless smart cards called ⇒ OV-chipkaart

Also сheck оut мore info: Public transport in the Netherlands (holland.com)

BUS: FlixbusConnexxionArrivaQbuzz

TRAIN: Haarlem is well-connected by train, with intercity and sprinter trains running between Amsterdam and Haarlem Central Station roughly every 10 minutes.

Information about trains can be found at the Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS, Dutch Railways) + NS — International App, which includes a trip planner which uses the latest information about train delays and detours.

AIRPORT: Schiphol Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world. It is 15 km (9.3 mi) southwest of Amsterdam. It’s a point of interest in itself, being 4 metres below mean sea level.

FERRY: Amsterdam Central Station (map). Waterbus Rotterdam & Dordrecht >> waterbus.nl. + AFerry.co.uk.

CYCLING: routiq.com – Route planner. The best online routeplanner for cyclists can be found at a wikiplanner made by volunteers of the Dutch cyclist union “Fietsersbond”.

Authentiek Haarlem.

Een rondleiding door Haarlem gemaakt door Metropool Regio Amsterdam. Ontdek de mooiste authentieke plekjes die Haarlem te bieden heeft en bekijk een voorproefje voor wat je kunt verwachten wanneer je de stad bezoekt. Bezoek ook de website van visithaarlem.com voor meer informatie over Haarlem en omgeving.

video source: Visit Haarlem / youtube.com /

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