Haarlem is a small, relaxing break from Amsterdam and this is a good place to spend some time. Grote Markt is a large square in front a massive church. This is where the tourists gather and where the souvenir shops for Haarlem are. Try the fish from the stand accross the church for a real Dutch eating experience.
A large pleasing city square that has the famous St Bavo Kerk within , the statue of Coster a number of shops and cafes/restaurants. Famous as the only place in Holland where a waiter tried to short change me so beware. Coster was an important citizen of Haarlem and held the position of sexton (Koster) of Sint-Bavokerk. He probably perished in the plague that Haarlem suffered in 1439-1440. Thought by the Dutch to be the man who invented printing - I thought it was Caxton in England and the Germans claim to have the worlds first printer too! However its an impressive statue and probably Hollands best city square - very big and open with a real sense of space that is spoiled by the pofferjte food van in its middle. At least its traditional - it would be a burger van in other countries.
Museum for Modern and Contemporary Art.
The VERWEY HAL collection of modern and contemporary Art, which I can recommend to you...
The VLEES HAL: exhibition space for temp. exhibitions.
Visit the 'Vleeshal'. It's build in 1603 and now also a part of the Frans Halsmuseum. I didn't had the time to visit it yet but the outside is also very beautiful.
Now it's a building for expositions.....
Visit the Verweyhal, also a part of the Frans Halsmuseum. You can see the modern art-collection of the museum. This building is named by the impressionist Kees Verwey (1900-1995), of course there
is a lot of work from hin to see. Also some work to see from the famous 'Cobra'-group.
I also didn't had the time to visit but I'm sure it will be the first thing to do when I visit Haarlem again...........
The city hall of Haarlem is located on the Grote Markt opposite the St. Bavo church. The oldest parts of the building were built way back in 1250!! You can only visit the Stadhuis when you made an appointment in advance.
It stands on the very place from where the history of the city began (Pfalzgraf castle). It was reconstructed several times and as the result you can see Reinassance loggia on the left wing.
It's the historical kernel of the city. It's surrounded by Gild houses as it's usual for Medieval town building traditions.
The day I was in Haarlem there was a contemporary market on the old Market square, though all these tents prevented me of taking proper pics ;)))
I didn't actually surveyed much of Haarlem area as I was in fact most of the time in Amsterdam even though my first 2 nights is in Haarlem.
So I cannot offer much "things to do or see".
For one, Grote Markt juz cuz I stayed right in the midst of it. Grote Markt is the main market square - and it's the biggest - in Haarlem. People choose to converge here because of the large plaza and several dining options and outdoor cafes.
Plus your voice echoes when you shout, laugh or raise your conversations at night -- might be the effect of your voice bouncing against the tall walls of the St. Bavo church? Believe me, it does, because I could hear laughters and conversations from my hotel room on 3rd floor from the window that sounds like coming from a big tin drum.
I mean, seriously?
I think there are also some kind of market selling different stuff during the day maybe on certain days cuz when I came back late afternoon from Amsterdam some mobile stores are packing and a mobile plants shop is still there.
The cute-looking red building that is the city hall is also situated in the Grote Markt, the Vleeshal (translated literally as "meat hall).
You will visit Grote Markt wether you wanno or not. The Grote Markt is the central market square of Haarlem and has been so for centuries. It is the centre-piece for many of Haarlem's famous buildings, including the City Hall, The Vlesshal, Hoofwacht and Saint Bavo Cathedral. The Grote Marky square is very lively and is still very much the focal point of the city, with many bars and restaurants around the square. A colourful market is held here on Mondays and Saturdays.
The town hall has its origins in a medieval court of the counts of Holland; for a long time Haarlem was the second city of Holland (of Holland, not of The Netherlands), after Dordrecht. Several later rebuilts resulted in the current look, an attractive mixture of styles.
Al costado occidental de la Grote Markt se encuentra el Ayuntamiento del siglo XIV, que creció grandemente en los siglos que siguieron, incluyendo un balcón desde el que los fallos judiciales se daban a conocer. El Salón de los Condes contiene pinturas del siglo XV y normalmente está abierto en horario de oficina.
Al centro de la Grote Markt están el Vleeshal del siglo XVII y antiguo mercado de carne que hoy acoge exhibiciones de arte contemporáneo y el Verweyhal, de estilo renacentista y diseñado por Lieven de Key, que acoge la colección de arte moderno del Frans Halsmuseum, incluyendo obras de impresionistas holandeses y del movimiento COBrA. Son conocidos ambos edificios colectivamente como De Hallen, abriendo de 11 am a 5 pm de Lunes a Sábado y de 1 a 5 pm los Domingo
We were lucky to visit Haarlem on a Saturday. So we could stroll through a great and colourful market.
According to local legend, Haarlem-born Laurens Jansz Coster (1370-1440) invented printing in 1423, 16 years before Gutenberg.