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A city of remarkable history and culture, Haarlem is just a short hop from Amsterdam but packs a unique punch. With spectacular monuments dating back almost 800 years, such as the Amsterdamse Poort and Sint-Bavokerk, it’s no wonder that so many great artists of the Golden Age wanted to capture its beauty and atmosphere.

Authentic Haarlem

Frans Hals, one of the Netherlands’ greatest painters, is celebrated in the Frans Hals Museum (alongside paintings by his peers). Of course, Haarlem has made an impact in more recent times too. Its Jugendstil train station is one of the most beautiful in the country and the city is a bustling hub of great cafés, shops and restaurants.

Reasons to visit Haarlem: 

  • Just 20 minutes from Amsterdam Central Station

  • Great shopping and nightlife: from small, quirky boutiques to fantastic concept stores, restaurants, theatres and music venues

  • Highlights: Grote Kerk, Het Dolhuys, Frans Hals Museum

Haarlem: What to see and do

Frans Hals Museum

Frans Hals Museum Haarlem
Explore a museum dedicated to one of the most innovative and famous painters of the Golden Age, Frans Hals.

River Spaarne

Haarlem Leidsevaart sunset CC BY 2.0 Daviddje via Flickr
Winding its way through Haarlem is the Spaarne, a river that was once the lifeblood of the city’s economy.

Windmill De Adriaan

Haarlem molen Adriaan Geert Snoeijer
There are few sights more quintessentially Dutch than that of a windmill looming over a river, and this is one of the finest examples in the region.

Activities, excursions, hotels and more

Haarlem terras Spaarne Hans Guldemond
I amsterdam's selection of highlights of things to do and places to stay, eat and drink in the New Land, including restaurants, hotels, excursions and attractions.

Getting to Haarlem is a breeze

Haarlem treinstation CC BY 2.0 Michiel Jelijs via Flickr
You can easily travel from Amsterdam to Haarlem in under half an hour by public transport.

Haarlem: Get inspired!

Haarlem itineraries

Whether you have a full day to spend or just half, here's a selection of suggested itineraries for taking in the best sights and experiences in Haarle...

Haarlem highlights

I amsterdam's selection of highlights of things to do and places to stay, eat and drink in Haarlem, including restaurants, hotels, museums and shoppin...

Haarlem events

A small city with a big heart, Haarlem offers a jam-packed schedule of food festivals, live music and cultural events all year round.

Where next?

Old Holland

With its countless windmills, churches and old-fashioned farmhouses, stepping out into Old Holland can feel like being in a Golden Age painting.

Amsterdam Beach

When the temperatures soar in Amsterdam, sun-seekers flock to the Dutch coast and the beaches at Bloemendaal and Zandvoort to bask on the sands and so...

Castles & Gardens

Delve into the fascinating history of the Dutch Golden Age by exploring the ancient castles that were once the homes of wealthy merchants. Many of th...