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Parking Garages

Haarlem has several parking garages for easy parking when you come from outside the city.

When visiting the old city park at any of these garages:
-Garage Stationsplein (North of centre), Lange Herenstraat 11
-Garage Raaks (West of centre), Zijlvest 45
-Garage Houtplein (South of centre), Wagenmakerslaan 1
-Garage De Kamp (East of centre), De Witstraat 1
Garage De Appelaar (Centre), Damstraat 12

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Travelling with (young) kids.

Are you nervous about taking your baby or child on a plane trip? You aren't alone, most parents are nervous about it. We have moved with the kids to Alkmaar by car this holiday and drove some distances by car on when we were there and we learned a few things that hopefully will help you.

Bring books, old favourite toys and new surprise toys. Do remember that balls are not a good idea as they can end up anywhere! Our best buys were definitely books, especially sticker books are great! They can peel the stickers off, are glossy, have thick pages to turn easy, have bright colours and come in endless subjects. They're a nice break from the other books your child might be tired of, too. Put aside fears of setting poor eating habits, and bring on the snacks! We told Iris: “Welcome to the world of boredom eating."

Toy bars meant for stroller use are a big help in the car, as they often feature toys plus a snack cup, and are big and easy for you to grab from the front seat for refills. During the car trip it’s always a good idea to play a game and sing some songs. It sounds rather easy, but it does work!

We only have one last statement! Just do it! Don’t be afraid that it might go wrong. We have learned this, because we have been travelling with Iris from the beginning. She was only 6 weeks young when we had our first short vacation and stayed in a hotel. Iris has been used to it rather fast and (maybe because of it) has always been an easy kid to get along with.

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Jul 25, 2014

Parking on the streets

You can park on the streets at Haarlem, but be aware that most streets in the old town have parking meters.

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Feb 15, 2015

By Car

Quite an adventure it turned out to be, riding in the car with Marcel driving, it sure did scare ME!!

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Oct 29, 2002
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Hotels in Haarlem

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Baan 7, Haarlem, Noord-Holland, 2012 DB, The Netherlands
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Spiegelstraat 4, 2011BP
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Kleine Houtstraat 13, Haarlem, Noord-Holland, 2011 DD, The Netherlands
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Damstraat 10, Haarlem, Noord-Holland, 2011 HA, The Netherlands
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"Haarlem - City of Flowers"
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"Between us, I prefer Haarlem to Amsterdam."
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"An Easy Day Trip From Amsterdam Central"
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Frans Hals Museum

I always imagined the Frans Hals Museum as being a big building like the Rijksmuseum at Amsterdam. Nothing could be in greater contrast when I saw the real museum for the first time unexpected. It was...
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Teylers Museum

The oldest museum in the Netherlands is a wonderful trip back into the 18th and19th century. It was founded in 1778 with the fortune of the cloth merchant Pieter Teyler who also possessed an art...
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St. Bavo Cathedral

I really liked this ancient church. Its entrance is not obvious at all. Basically, you go right round the back and enter through a small shop in a small attached building and then through an even...
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Canal Tour

As we walked along the the embankment of Spaarne River/ Canal we found there were several small boats offering tours. These were mostly open boats offering a similar service to what is offered on the...
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Grote Markt

The Stadthuis is one of the three buildings which really stand out on Haarlem's Grote Markt (the others being St Bavo and the Vleeshal). It stands on the west of the square. Originally, from around...
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Do not buy the Tulip Bulbs at Keukenhof Gardens. Although they will not tell you and you will find Nothing written about this - the tulip bulbs they sell at Keukenhof are considered to be ANNUALS. All...
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