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Photo: view from above on the church in Haarlem


Haarlem, the capital of the province of North Holland is just 30 minutes by car from Amsterdam. This city has been the historic centre of the Flower-Bulb Region for centuries now and is proud of its epithet City of Flowers. Visit beautiful Haarlem and you will understand why artists have been inspired by the city for centuries. 

  • Discover Haarlem and enjoy beautiful museums like Teylers Museum and Frans Hals Museum.
  • Enjoy the great shopping streets and countless wonderful restaurants.
  • Rent a bicycle and ride through the dunes to Zandvoort.


If you arrive in Haarlem by railway, you should definitely take your time admiring the Art Deco train station. The VVV tourist office has a map of walking routes to take you to the Grote Markt square, city hall, St. Bavo Church, and countless picturesque ‘hofjes’ and inner courtyards. You should not miss the Teylers Museum and Frans Hals Museum. Modern art lovers find everything they love at Museum De Hallen. And what should not be forgotten: Haarlem offers everything your heart desires for a great shopping spree. 

Visit Haarlem 

Bevrijdingspop is the event of the year in Haarlem. On 5 May, Liberation Day, thousands of people come to celebrate their freedom. Another spectacle is the annual Flower Parade, which starts in Noordwijk and ends in Haarlem. Haarlem boasts countless cafes, restaurants and lunchrooms to enjoy a drink and a bite after a day filled with shopping and culture.

To discover nearby

The capital of Amsterdam is not far from Haarlem. Here, you can enjoy beautiful museums, canals, and great shopping districts. A little to the north, at about a half hour’s drive, you will find the famous city of cheese Alkmaar and the lovely city by the IJsselmeer lake, Hoorn. Definitely worth a visit!

Accessibility and parking in Haarlem

Haarlem is about 30 minutes by car from the capital of Amsterdam and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. You can also get there easily by public transport. If you travel by car, make sure to check where you are allowed to park your car.


Whether you like a low budget place to stay, a romantic hideaway or a boutique hotel, in the city centre or on the outskirts of the city, Haarlem has a great hotel to offer for every preference and budget. Check out the comprehensive selection and book your perfect hotel here!

Editors’ tip:

If you are in Haarlem, you should definitely visit Zandvoort. This beautiful, multifaceted seaside town is a short fifteen minute bicycle ride away from Haarlem.

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It is the northern city that enjoys life to the fullest.

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