Haarlem Tourist Places to Visit in Haarlem, Netherlands, Europe

Haarlem Tourist Places to Visit in Haarlem, Netherlands, Europe

Haarlem is the capital city of the North Holland province in the Netherlands geographically positioned at 52°22′49″ N latitude and 4°38′26″ E longitude.

The major landmarks in Haarlem include:

  • City Hall
  • Cathedral of Saint Bavo
  • Teylers Museum
  • Grote Markt


Geography of Haarlem:

Haarlem is spread over an area of 32.09 sq. km, situated on the River Spaarne, about 20 km west of Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands.


History of Haarlem:

It is believed that, the name Haarlem is composed form of 3 different local language words haar, lo and heim and its total meaning is ‘house on a forested dune’. Haarlem gained city status in 1245.


How to reach Haarlem?

Haarlem is served by the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, located about 20 km away from the heart of Haarlem. This airport covers all the major European cities and few Asian and American cities like Vancouver, Mumbai, New York, Abu Dhabi and Kuala Lumpur.

There are taxis always available at the airport and also one can use bus or train to save money. By train, it takes around 15 minute and costs €3.80 from Amsterdam to Haarlem.

For local travel, buses, taxis and rental vehicles like cars and bikes are useful options in Haarlem.


Culture, Food and Shopping in Haarlem:

The major festivals or events held in Haarlem are as follows:

  • Bloemencorso
  • Haarlem Jazzstad
  • Haarlemse Stripdagen
  • Bevrijdingspop

The major shopping streets in Haarlem include the Grote Houtstraat, Kleine Houtstraat and Gierstraat.

List of the fine food corners in Haarlem are listed below:

  • Vis & Ko
  • De Lachende Javaan
  • De Kloosterkeuken
  • Eetcafé de Linde


What to do in Haarlem?

  • Festival celebrations
  • Shopping
  • Walking

What to see in Haarlem?

Teylers Museum:

Founded in 1778, the Teylers Museum is Netherlands’s oldest public museum devoted to natural history, science and art of the region. It is open for public from 10:00-17:00 (Tuesday-Saturday) and the entrance fee is €9.


Cathedral of Saint Bavo:

The Cathedral of Saint Bavo is a historical church dating back to early 20th century and is situated in the heart of the Haarlem city. A small museum within the church describes the complete history of the cathedral with historical artifacts.


Windmill De Adriaan:

The Windmill De Adriaan is a special tourist attraction in Haarlem, located on the banks of the River Spaarne. This beautiful windmill was once destroyed in 1932 by fire and it regained its glory in 2002. The admission fee is €3.


Other places of interest in and around Haarlem include:

  • City Hall
  • Hoofdwacht
  • Meat Hall
  • Saint Bavo Church
  • Grote Markt
  • Ten Boom Museum
  • Haarlem Historisch Museum
  • Frans Hals Museum
  • Staddschouwburg
  • Het Dolhuys Museum of Psychiatry
  • Castle ruin Huis ter Kleef
  • The Janskerk
  • Amsterdamse Poort
  • Haarlemmerhout park
  • Villa Welgelegen


When to visit Haarlem?

Haarlem can be visited throughout the year, especially the summer months are ideal for sightseeing in Haarlem.


Where to stay in Haarlem?

Being a famous tourist destination, Haarlem houses many renowned accommodation centres categorized as hostels, hotels, vacation rentals, BB and inns. Price for hotel rooms depends on the facilities and services provided by such hotels, generally mid range hotels charge around €60 per night. Lit of the hotels in Haarlem include:

  • Carlton Square Hotel
  • Haarlem Hotelsuites
  • Amrath Grand Hotel Frans Hals
  • Stempels Hotel
  • Golden Tulip Lion D’Or
  • Van der Valk Hotel Haarlem-Zuid
  • Ambassador City Centre Hotel
  • Die Raeckse Hotel
  • Park Tower Suite
  • Hotel Carillon
  • Bed and Breakfast Mya
  • Bed and Breakfast L’Anders
  • Lambermon’s Suites
  • Bot Bed & Breakfast
  • B&B Malts Hotel
  • Isis Bed and Breakfast

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