Haarlem is a city located on the river Spaarne, about 20 km west of Amsterdam and near the coastal dunes. It lies in the northern part of the Randstad, the sixth-largest metropolitan area in Europe.
Haarlem has been the historical center of the tulip bulb-growing district for centuries and therefore bears the nickname ‘Bloemenstad’ – The city of flowers. You can see beautiful flower arrangements on street corners, colourful parks and squares at any entrance to the city.
What to see in Harleem?
- Almshouses (hofjes) built around courtyards
- The Grote Markt (central market square), including:
- the City Hall
- the Vleeshal or meat market
- the Hoofdwacht
- the Grote or Sint-Bavokerk
- Stadsbibliotheek Haarlem, the Haarlem Public Library, an historic landmark
- Sint-Bavo Cathedral
- Castle ruin Huis ter Kleef
- The Teylers Museum (the oldest museum of the Netherlands)
- Frans Hals Museum of Art
- Het Dolhuys Museum of Psychiatry
- Windmill De Adriaan
- The Amsterdamse Poort city gate
- The art nouveau railway station of Haarlem
- Theater De Toneelschuur
- The Ten Boom Museum
- Villa Welgelegen
- Haarlemmerhout park
- The Bosch and Vaart neighbourhood
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