Haarlem Travel Guide

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    Grote Kerk in the Grote markt, Haarlem
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Haarlem Things to Do

  • Grote Markt

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    This is certainly the most elegant building of the Grote Markt. The Haarlem town authorities wanted a rich decorated meat market, a real prestige building and that is what the town architect Lieven de Key (one of the many Flemish immigrants) provided in 1604 by using much natural stone in combination with bricks. The style of the Vleeshal is...

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  • Frans Hals Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    In my opinion, the number one place to visit in Haarlem - at least if you like art. The museum grew out of the city's collection which was exhibited in the town hall. It was moved to a 17th century building complex, a former almshouse for old men, in 1913. The garden is preserved and can be used for a short break in summertime.   Hals takes a...

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  • Grote Kerk

    Haarlem's main church has a history dating back to at least 1307. Back then, it was a wooden building which burned down later in the 14th century. The present building dates from 1479 and became a Cathedral for a very short time in 1559. In 1566 iconoclasm swept through the church destroying many altarpieces and all statues. You can see the marks...

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Haarlem Restaurants

  • Specktakel

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    open: from 17:00 ; kitchen open till 22:00 hour Lunch: from 12:00 till 16:00 hour only on saturday. nice dishes with food. i had a combination menu for 25 euro first (see picture) Japanese red tuna carpaccio main thais roasted duckbrest dessert mississippi mudcake

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  • Wilma & Albert's Steakhouse

    4 out of 5 stars

    Been a popular place now for something like 30 years and for good reason: no frills, just plain good food at reasonable prices. Good steak of course. Avoid the carpaccio as it's overdone: too many add-ons.

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  • Pssst... Amigo

    4 out of 5 stars

    Who expects good Mexican food in Haarlem? Well, this place has great food and the restaurant itself is a work of art. There are 2 or 3 beautiful Spanish arches and a bamboo birdcage with a huge and brightly colored bird inside (a macaw?). I resisted taking photos (don't always want to look completely like a hick tourist), but sketched two of the...

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Haarlem Nightlife

  • Here are the collegues of my...

    Here are some people having fun in the garden of cityhall. They all work for the local government. Here they were having a barbecue and beerparty.Normally only the major and other members of the political party can enter the garden. Also brides and their grooms can see the garden. It often happens when you are at the Grote Markt in Haarlem that...

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  • Live music and dj's

    Fri & Sat 00.00 - 4.00 Dj's dance, techno, d&b and so on...Rest of the week 21.00 - 11.30 live performances. BEWARE: This place is not open every evening. Check their website http://www.patronaat.nl for the actual programme.Entrance: This depends on what live performance or dj plays that evening. Check their website or call: 023 - 5326010 for...

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  • Clubbing time!!!!!!

    It has two floors of good music. The one downstairs usually plays trance and those kind of music while the lounge on d first floor plays all kinds of music.... it has nice ambience and though rather small, it's one of d best club in Haarlem for my taste

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Haarlem Transportation

  • Train

    Haarlem is well connected with Amsterdam as well as with other cities in the so-called Randstad like Den Haag, Utrecht and Rotterdam. Leiden and Schiphol (Amsterdam Airport) are a little more complicated to reach (change at Amsterdam/Sloterdijk for that) while Amsterdam is even served up to eight times per hour. A trip from/to Amsterdam takes...

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  • Bus -

    These busses can be found in front of the train station. The following city buses are available: - 3 Schalkwijk - 7 Ramplaankwartier - 8 Haarlem Hoog - 15 Waardepolder - 73 Schalkwijk/Uitgeest The following intercity buses are available: - 50 Leiden - 51 Leiden - 53 Nieuw Vennep - 81 Zandvoort - 175 Amsterdam Zuidoost - 236 Schiphol Oost - 300...

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  • Train station

    We arrived at Haarlem train station by metro from Amsterdam Centraal station. It took approximately 30 minutes and our train stopped once on the way. The walk from the station to the Old Town Square would take approx 10 minutes, but we took around 30 minutes as there were so many old buildings we stopped to admire and photo. This town is full of...

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Haarlem Shopping

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  • Cool fashion

    Zoë is a shop where you are still helped in a personal way. The shop assistants will give you advice on what to buy and mix it wih what you intended to buy. You will always leave satisfied. The type of clothes are very casual yet very trendy IMO. Both women's and men's clothes are sold. Zoë sells various brand, famous and not so famous. Brands...

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  • On rainy days go to Schalkwijk

    When it rains and you do want to shop without an umbrella, you can go to Schalkwijk. There are many shops here ith one big roof on it. A lot of them are the same as in Haarlem city centre. If you drive here yourself, get ready....you can park for free!!!

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  • An 1849 Drugstore

    Talking about an original store! This drugstore was opened in 1849 and the present owner is a descentdant of the shop's founder. The interior still is the same as in 1849. In the 1920s the construction of the V&D departmentstore threatened to end the store excistence, but at the time the resistance of the shop's owner prevented demolishing and the...

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Haarlem Local Customs

  • Coffeeshops in Haarlem.

    A distinguished VT member wrote here 19 tips about coffeeshops: "T… is always there to supply all the best weed and hashish to his customers"and received a top 5 rating for her Haarlem page.I therefore feel obliged to write at least 20 tips on this topic in order to get a good score with my own Haarlem pages limited until now to some boring...

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  • "Pekelharing"

    If you buy something at the Frans Hals museum shop it is packed in a bag with the reproduction from a painting by Judith Leyster the first female painter of Haarlem.The subject of this painting is funny, it shows a broadly laughing man called "Pekelharing" drinking beer and preparing himself to smoke … not a joint, but a pipe; we are in 1629!If you...

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  • "Allochtones" in Haarlem.

    Don't be afraid it is not my intention to write anything that is not politically correct!I found that word at the Frans Hals Museum in the "Haarlem 1600-1700, An Introduction". So nothing to do with present immigration but a touch of humour about the fact that around 1625 the population of Haarlem consisted of about 50% Flemish immigrants who had...

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Haarlem Warnings and Dangers

  • Biking at night in Haarlem

    It's not true that biking at night is dangerous!! I constantly go out at night by bike, [so I can drink some extra Jopen biers] and even alone, never had a problem. And that's is coming from a Brazilian woman, really used to more inauspicious places. Most of the people go out by bike on the weekends. Haarlem is pretty safe... that's why I live...

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  • Beware of pickpockets

    Always beware of pickpockets. Pickpockets are active at the trainstation, in the shoppingarea (Grote Houtstraat), and at markets.Of course Haarlem is a very safe place to visit, but like in all places you are an easy target for pickpockets as a tourist. Most of the time tourists carry lots of cash money or creditcards with them.To prevent...

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  • Feel safe at Haarlem

    Because a lot of the central shopping streets are only accessable for pedestrians and cyclers, it is more convenient for the police to use horses to get them every where.So don't be surpised if you suddenly feel the warm breeze of a horse breath in your neck `-)Feel safe, they are looking after your safety and wellbeing.

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Haarlem Tourist Traps

  • Dutch clogs

    These clogs are in all the souvenir shops and come in all different sizes. Even the tiny pairs are way too expensive.

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  • The wooden shoe trap

    After being trapped four times at Amsterdam, I immediately was trapped in the first wooden shoe I encountered in Haarlem.

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  • Ha! I m not the tourist...

    Ha! I m not the tourist trap....it is the big hotels and casino's at the boulevard close to the sea that are the trap: you pay far too much for having the chance to have a good view of the beach. We stayed in the dunes and we had a good time even though we had to walk half a kilometre to get to the beach.

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Haarlem What to Pack

  • Wide angle camera lens

    While most of us now carry point & shot digital cameras. If you do own a camera that has a wide angle lens, bring it!Haarlem has some beautiful LARGE buildings. It is almost impossible to get some of these buildings in a single shot.It is one of those places, that carrying the extra weight is well worth it.

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  • Netherlands = Take your umbrella

    The most important thing to pack when you come to the Ntherlands and Haarlem is an umbrella. Nothing is ever so fast changing as the weather here. Even in the summer it can rain every day! So be prepared.

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  • Packing List

    Backpack or suitcase. Camping sometimes is possible in summer at the farmerarea just outside Haarlem (for example at Liewegje). More info: touristoffice VVV, next to the trainstation. Autumn: warm clothes and a raincoat / umbrella. Also bring a sjwal! Winter: warm clothes, also gloves and sjwals! Spring: warm and light clothes, remember it also...

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Haarlem Off The Beaten Path

  • Zandvoort

    Not really off the beaten path, since millions of people go to Zandvoort every year. Zandvoort is one of the most important seaside resorts. It is famous for it's long beach (9 km), it's casino and its circuit. Zandvoort also has a very large bungalow parc called Gran Dorado. It is great to go to Zandvoort and walk along the beach or the promenade...

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  • Parks

    In summer it's very nice to visit the recreation area of Spaarnwoude. It lays in between Haarlem and Amsterdam near Halfweg. You can picknick here, go swimming in the clean water, go rowing in a boat on the water, go kiteflying or just take a lazy day in the grass surrounded by trees and nature. It's also possible to go cycling, walking or...

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  • Hofjes

    There are several hofje (what we would call 'almshouses' in the UK) in Haarlem (as in other Dutch towns/cities). Basically, they were created to provide housing for the elderly from the 1600s onwards (in both countries). What we in the UK would now call 'sheltered housing'. Because it was so cold and snowy I only managed to seek out one in...

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Haarlem Sports & Outdoors

  • Baseball

    A great baseball competition with international teams paticipating. National teams from country's like for example USA, Cuba, Japan, Chinese Taipei, South Africa and the Netherlands paticipate in the competition. You will really see big stars playing the game. Baseball on top level!! Action guaranteed!! When : 1 Week every year. For 2004:23 juli...

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  • Ice skating

    In the winter season you can always enjoy skating the ice in Haarlem. This year the season started Saturday October 5th and will end Sunday March 16th 2003. The lane is 400 metres long and there is lso a small area where you can practice bit before making the 400 m. rounds. Entrance will cost 4,50 EUR for adults. You can bring your own ice-skates,...

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  • Wall climbing

    Quite cheap is the KLIMMUUR especially when you start with an introduction course. Such an introduction course is some 2 1/2 - 3 hrs. of pure fun and you are having a work-out! There is 1000 m2 climbing surface with over a 100 routes in different stages of difficulty and height. Call to make an appointment.....it IS fun. You can also call if...

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Haarlem Favorites

  • Coffee Shops

    Paddos instead of weed. During my recent stay in Holland I learned that the trend nowadays is for "paddos", Dutch word for "paddestoel" or mushroom. Hallucinogenic mushrooms are now a must. The Dutch newspapers reported already deadly casualties with "magic mushrooms" among tourists in Amsterdam. Owners of coffee shops will be obliged to hire...

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  • Sculptures

    What would Haarlem be without the canals, without the water? The city is surrounded and crossed with the chanels. It is lovely to see all those big and small yaughts sailing in. Some one was even inventive and deisgned this bench so you an sit dry... or for what ever purpose it is designed ! One thing is for sure: it does add colour in the street!

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  • Keukenhof

    Lentehof Information In the spring Keukenhof 2001 is open daily from March 22 through May 24 2001, from 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (admission booths open until 6:00 p.m.). Admission prices: Adults NLG 20.00 per person Children (ages 4-12) NLG 10.00 per person 65+ NLG 17.50 per person Parking fee NLG 7.50 per car. For more detailed...

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