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Easily accessible from Amsterdam, Haarlem is a historic city in the Netherlands. Its iconic monuments, bustling markets and rich heritage add to the touristic charm of this beautiful city.

Haarlem’s historic character is on full display at its city centre, with gabled houses, cobblestone streets and a massive cathedral towering overhead. Located in the central square, the Grote of St.-Bavokerk has an imposing presence highlighted by its wooden tower and Gothic facade. Inside, you’ll find impressive stained glass windows and the Müller Organ, where a young Mozart is said to have played once. If you’re keen on learning about the history of Haarlem, the waterfront Teylers Museum will satisfy your curiosity. It showcases all manner of exhibits related to the city – from paintings and books to fossils and instruments. A break at Lunchcafé Teylers Museum is highly recommended too.

Haarlem is renowned for its shopping options – from themed markets to atmospheric streets lined with artisanal stores. There’s also seasonal bazaars, like the one during Christmas, where you’ll find stalls selling beautiful, occasion-specific items. The Golden Streets is a popular place to indulge in some retail therapy, with its fashion boutiques, trendy concept shops and more. During your Haarlem trip, make time to visit the famous Grote Markt and Botermarkt, which offer an abundance of local items like baked goods, fresh produce, souvenirs and antiques. Exploring the fantastic clothing stores and lively eateries housed in heritage buildings of Kleine Houtstraat and Grote Houtstraat is a satisfactory experience too.


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Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency € 1 = $1.07
Language Dutch
Average weekend price $185 per night
Average weekday price $194 per night
Average stay 1 night

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We enjoyed Haarlem.

June 8, 2024

We enjoyed Haarlem. There were many restaurants and places to visit. The people were friendly and most spoke English. We didn’t any problem walking around town every day. We really enjoyed our visit there.


If you want everything that Amsterdam has to offer but...

June 7, 2024

If you want everything that Amsterdam has to offer but without all the hustle and bustle then Haarlem is perfect , river crises museums plenty of restaurants cafes and wonderful bars , an amazing cathedral boutique shopping , windy cobbled streets bursting in bloom , 20 minutes from an amazing nature reserve and only 30 minutes from the coast . Haarlem has everything and only 15minutes from Amsterdam ..

Stephen Bennett
Stephen Bennett

Great character.

May 10, 2024

Great character. Easy to walk everywhere but well served by buses and trains. Good location for visiting surrounding area. 15 to 20 mins by public transport to Amsterdam and beach at Zandvoort. Great for bus to Keukenhof tulips. Very attractive city, not crowded and great places to eat and visit.

Simonie Germany

Haarlem is a pretty town, and a lively destination.

May 6, 2024

Haarlem is a pretty town, and a lively destination. I mainly walked around, looking at the canals and houses. One of my photos shows one of the older canalside housing (green door). The station is a lovely Art Nouveau building with tiled pictures, the only one in the Netherlands. Transport is easy, and Haarlem is convenient for Amsterdam, Leiden, etc, and for visiting the bulb fields at Keukenhof in spring.

Pauline United Kingdom

Haarlem is beautiful in it's own right with lots of...

April 20, 2024

Haarlem is beautiful in it's own right with lots of historic buildings, and charming streets which have been greened with tree, shrub and flower planting. There is the Frans Hals museum to visit, and much more. Take a walking tour of "Monumental Haarlem" Haarlem is also very conveniently situated for Amsterdam and surrounding areas. We used public transport all the time. Just swipe on and off the bus or train, and everything is taken care of. Really simple, and it all works smoothly. We also found some really good restaurants for our evening meals.

John United Kingdom

Haarlem is a wonderful city to stay in as it has the canals,...

April 14, 2024

Haarlem is a wonderful city to stay in as it has the canals, lots of history, good shopping and plentiful restaurants. The Grotemarkt has the oldest organ in Europe which Mozart played on and Corrie Ten Boom’s house(who hid the Jews in WW2) is better than Anne Franks! The very first museum in the Netherlands is also here-Teylers. The Saturday market is wonderful. It is only 15 minutes by train back into Amsterdam and you have a better feel of regular Dutch folks in this beautiful town.

Deborah United States of America

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