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Haarlem
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Relax on a scenic beach after exploring churches, markets and intriguing museums in this tulip-filled land in northwest Netherlands.

Haarlem is a quaint city on the River Spaarne near the northwest coast of the Netherlands. Perhaps the most recognizable center of tulips in the country, it has an intriguing past. Haarlem passed through Spanish and French rule during the Middle Ages. The architecture is varied, reflecting the blend of influences over the centuries.

Visit the Cathedral of St. Bavo, one of Haarlem’s most well-known churches. Explore remnants from its Catholic past in the museum inside the building. Outside are headstones of royalty and celebrities from the 13th century. Admire the gothic design of the Grote Kerk, a church dating back to the 1300s. Locate its 18th-century organ, one of the largest in the world.

The church is located in the city’s central square, Grote Markt. Haggle with vendors for flowers, fabrics and food in the twice-weekly market. Marvel at fascinating historical buildings, including the church and the 14th-century city hall, known as the Stadhuis. Remarkable works of art hang on the walls of the building.

Take a tour of the Corrie Ten Boomhuis, the house-turned-museum of a Dutch Christian who sheltered Jews during World War II. The house appears just as it did in the 1940s. Discover the hidden room behind a false wall in a bedroom.

Explore revered works of art in the 20th-century Frans Hals Museum. See the collection by the 17th-century artist after whom the site is named. The building itself has an elegant brick façade.

Learn about scientific discoveries and cultural changes over the last few centuries in Haarlem in the Teylers Museum, which opened in 1784.

Make a relaxing trip to Zandvoort Beach. Stroll along miles of warm sand and take a refreshing dip in the sea.

Haarlem was founded in the 13th century. It now incorporates the former city of Schoten and other surrounding regions. The area enjoys warm summers and mild to cool winters.If you’re visiting Amsterdam, take a side trip to lovely Haarlem, just 12 miles (19.3 kilometers) west.

Where to stay in Haarlem

Van der Valk Hotel Haarlem
Van der Valk Hotel Haarlem
4 out of 5
Toekanweg 2, Haarlem
The price is $108 per night from Apr 28 to Apr 29
Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Frans Hals Museum, Grote Markt, and Molen De Adriaan. Teylers Museum and Zandvoort ...
4.1/5Very Good! (673 reviews)
Restaurant rescue needed
"The hotel it’s self is awesome. The front desk staff are extremely attentive and friendly. The restaurant is your only option without travelling some distance by taxi or public transportation to other restaurants. Be prepared to be treated as “take it or leave it”. The food was good HOWEVER the staff ..."

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2020

Van der Valk Hotel Haarlem
Boutiquehotel Staats
Boutiquehotel Staats
4 out of 5
Ripperdastraat 13A, Haarlem
The price is $109 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
Located in Stationsbuurt, this hotel is 5.8 mi (9.3 km) from Zandvoort Beach and within 12 mi (20 km) of Foodhallen and Keukenhof Gardens. Olympic Stadium and ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (184 reviews)
Wonderful Boutique Hotel in Haarlem, Netherlands
"I would highly recommend this property. It was extremely convenient to the train station and I loved the fact that the rooms were unique. Our room had very high ceiling which gave the impression of a very large room. The beds were comfortable and the Staff wonderful."

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2020

Boutiquehotel Staats
Amrâth Grand Hotel Frans Hals
Amrâth Grand Hotel Frans Hals
4 out of 5
Damstraat 10, Haarlem
The price is $96 per night from Apr 20 to Apr 21
Located in Centrum, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Grote Markt and Frans Hals Museum. Zandvoort Beach and Circuit Park Zandvoort are also within 9 ...
4.3/5Excellent! (992 reviews)
"While this hotel is in an absolute perfect location, it's a 4-star hotel posing as a 3-star at best. We stayed on the 4th floor, which had a small hole for a window and a dirty skylight. The room looked nothing like the room I chose online, which showed floor-to-ceiling windows and wood floors. I ..."

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2020

Amrâth Grand Hotel Frans Hals
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Spaarne Luxury Residence Haarlem
Spaarne Luxury Residence Haarlem
Haarlem, North Holland
Located in Centrum, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Grote Markt and Frans Hals Museum. Zandvoort Beach and Nationaal Park Zuid-Kennemerland ...
3.8/5Good! (5 reviews)
Charming apartment in Haarlem center
"Charming apartment with modern furnishings, full kitchen, good internet, dining table, couch and TV, two comfortable bedrooms, and a study with large desk and chair. You can really feel at home here. Beautiful water view over the Spaarne. Note for anyone who has problems climbing stairs: this apartment ..."

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2019

Spaarne Luxury Residence Haarlem
Charming House in Historic Haarlem
Charming House in Historic Haarlem
Haarlem, North Holland
The price is $107 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
This family-friendly Haarlem vacation home is located by the sea, within a 10-minute walk of Frans Hals Museum and Grote Markt. Zandvoort Beach and Nationaal ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (26 reviews)
We love this house
"Amazing and welcoming place! Thank you Bea and Rudy - each part of the house shows your smart and kind care of your guests! We recommend Charming House to all our friends!"

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2020

Charming House in Historic Haarlem
"bed and Bike Upstairs" Large Apartment With Terrace Overlooking Haarlem
"bed and Bike Upstairs" Large Apartment With Terrace Overlooking Haarlem
Haarlem, North Holland
This family-friendly Haarlem apartment building is located on the waterfront, within 1 mi (2 km) of Grote Markt and Frans Hals Museum. Zandvoort Beach and Nationaal ...
5/5Exceptional! (15 reviews)
The perfect home in Haarlem
"Els and Anneke are beyond amazing. Right from being greeted on the bridge by Els (even before arriving at the flat) through check in, a chance meeting on the street and through check out, Els and Anneke have thought of every detail. The apartment has many thoughtful touches like plants and flowers, ..."

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2019

"bed and Bike Upstairs" Large Apartment With Terrace Overlooking Haarlem
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Haarlem

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Melanie

Jan 26, 2020

Haarlem had a lot a great, friendly vibe. It looks a lot like Amsterdam but it’s not as busy. Great shops and restaurants

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Verified traveler

Jan 8, 2020

Only stayed one night, would love to spend a week in this beautiful little town!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 21, 2019

Your location are not situated in Haarlem!!!

5/5 - Excellent

Tammy

Oct 19, 2019

Lovely little town with lots of history and culture.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 13, 2019

The Teyler Museum and the Frans Hals Museums were excellent.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 24, 2019

My first time in Haarlem and loved it. If I get another chance I would go back. Also Amsterdam, who wouldn’t like these two places? I loved all the little streets in Haarlem winding in and out.

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