Haarlem Tourist Traps

  • The City Hall on the Grote Markt.
    The City Hall on the Grote Markt.
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  • View up the tower of the Bavo Kerk.
    View up the tower of the Bavo Kerk.
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  • Entering the Grote Markt of Haarlem.
    Entering the Grote Markt of Haarlem.
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    Ha! I m not the tourist...

    by nighthawk Written Sep 12, 2002

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    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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    Hmm traps that's hard. Well,...

    by sandravdp Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Hmm traps that's hard. Well, when you are in a big departmentstore do watch out. Keep your wallet close to you or you might lose it by a pickpocket. Also be careful for pushy youngsters at Grotehoutstreet. They are always near the departmentstore and Mc Donalds and sometimes are looking for trouble. The police keeps an eye on them, but often that is not good enough.

    The youngster on the picture maybe dressed a bit aggressive, but he was very nice ;)

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    Pickpockets are known to be...

    by lvdpiet Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Pickpockets are known to be active at the trainstation and the market.
    Use the Dutch currency. It is the guilder. When using foreign currencies everybody will calculate in his own favor.... In jan 2002 the currency will be the EURO in every country of the EMU.

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    Grote Markt – Natural center of Haarlem.

    by Jerelis Written Aug 20, 2014

    Haarlem is a beautiful medieval village, dating back to pre-medieval times. Remains of this rich history can be seen all over the city with the majority in the old city center. The city grew rapidly around what is now known as the central square, called the Grote Markt. The city of Haarlem was granted city status (so called stadsrechten) in 1245, although the first city walls were not built until 1270. The main roads into the village winds upwards towards the large tower of the Bavo Kerk that is situated right at the Grote Markt.

    Once hiking your way around in the old and historical city center of Haarlem you can’t miss out on the main square (called Grote Markt) on which all these beautiful historical buildings are situated. The Grote Markt is the natural centre of the city of Haarlem: a stage for various minor and major events, a reference point, a meeting place and the starting point or destination for walkers who want to discover the city. Historically speaking, the square began to operate in a shape and size similar to what we see today in the early years of the 11th century.

    Address: Grote Markt, Haarlem.
    Directions: Right at the city center, can’t miss it.

    The City Hall on the Grote Markt. View up the tower of the Bavo Kerk. The Bavo Kerk at the Grote Martk in Haarlem.
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    Grote Markt – Interesting buildings.

    by Jerelis Written Aug 20, 2014

    Without a doubt is the square called Grote Markt is the busy centre of the town and a true tourist trap. But is this a good reason to avoid it and not visit it? No, not at all. You can also put this main square in the tip section "Must see"! And I can also tell you why :)

    All around this square you will see magnificent medieval buildings. For example the Bavo Kerk (Church), this church is built in the Gothic style of architecture and it became the main church of Haarlem after renovations in the 15th century which made it significantly larger than the Janskerk. Another magnificent building at the square is the quaint old Fleshers’ Hall, built in 1603. In general we can state that markets are some of the traditional and most popular local tourist events. The weekly market at the Grote Markt has a nice size and therefore attracts tourists from surrounding areas. We saw everything for sale on the stalls: clothing, food, wine and, of course, excellent local agricultural produce like aubergines, tomatoes, courgettes and peppers. De Grote Markt also houses a variety of restaurants, bars and trinket shops selling everything from ceramics to jewelry.

    Address: Grote Markt, Haarlem.
    Directions: Right at the city center, can’t miss it.

    Entering the Grote Markt of Haarlem. Statue erected in 1856 to Laurens Janszoon Koster. Nienke, Paulien and Cyrille at the Grote Markt.
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    Grote Markt – Watch the world go by.

    by Jerelis Written Aug 20, 2014

    During our car drive towards the city of Haarlem we did some research on Google about Haarlem and the entire area. Besides that my girlfriend has lived for a few years in Haarlem and she is my personal tour guide. One of the things that intrigued me immediately was the fact that there was a nice old gothic quarter in the city centre (between some nice canal) of this old medieval village. In between the old city walls the old city center is situated and the natural centre of this gothic quarter is the main square called the Grote Markt.

    There are a lot of places of interest right at the Grote Markt. But mainly it is important that you need to look up to the beautiful facades of the surrounding buildings. Maybe it is a good tip to have a cold refreshment at one of the terraces, sit on a comfortable chair, just look around and enjoy the vibrancy of this beautiful spot. We did so at the terrace of the restaurant Café Brinkmann and did enjoy a nice lunch. We can honestly say that we wholeheartedly recommend a visit.

    Address: Grote Markt, Haarlem.
    Directions: Right at the city center, can’t miss it.

    Old Fleshers' Hall of Haarlem. In front of the Old Fleshers' Hall. Built by Lieven de Key in 1603.
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    The wooden shoe trap

    by pieter_jan_v Written Apr 29, 2003

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

    Trapped again! ... and again in 2014! ... and not only me!
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    Though much more subdued then...

    by richiecdisc Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    Though much more subdued then Amsterdam's, Haarlem does have a Red Light District. Though it is legal, I have never felt all that comfortable even walking around these areas let along utilizing them.

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    Dutch clogs

    by barryg23 Updated Jan 29, 2005

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

    I'm laughing at you, not with you...

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