Haarlem is a pleasant historic center, famous museums, shops, restaurants and the beach. From hidden courtyards from a bygone era to hip concept stores. From medieval church to terrace at the wwww.grandcafebrinkman.nlater. From Dutch Masters to French star chefs. From antique market to pop concert. Fancy an unforgettable day out? Visit Haarlem and be surprised by the sights, boutiques and picturesque squares, by the old and contemporary artists, the Burgundian atmosphere and the rich history.
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You can certainly eat and drink in Haarlem. The city is known for its versatile culinary offer: from hip coffee bars and excellent lunchrooms to cozy drink locations and special restaurants, from simple to exclusive. In summer you can sit on one of the many terraces. Would you rather enjoy a real Michelin star restaurant? That is also possible in Haarlem, the most Burgundian city in the north. And in Haarlem, just like in Hoofddorp, almost every restaurant is of reasonable to very good quality.
Haarlem has been voted for years as the finest shopping city in the Netherlands You will find everything. From the big chains to small boutiques and thrift stores. For the big chains you have to be in the Grote Houtstraat. But the most fun shops that are often unique in Haarlem can be found in these streets: https://www.visithaarlem.com/nl/winkelen
The rich history of Haarlem
The former name of Haarlem was Haarloheim, a residence on a higher sandbar in the forest. Haarlem only became 'real' a city in 1245 with the receiving of the city rights of Count Willem II of Holland.
From that moment on, Haarlem grew into one of the most important cities in Holland. During the Eighty Years' war, Haarlem strongly opposed Spanish rule. Once in the hands of Willem van Oranje, many Flemings went to the city, whose influences are still visible today. In the Golden Age, Haarlem was a popular residence and residence for the rich and powerful. Want to know more about the rich history? In the Anno Haarlem visitor centre you literally and figuratively go into the depths.
From far away the Grote of St.-Bavokerk can be seen. Its wooden tower, covered with lead, reaches 78 meter into the sky. This late medieval cross-basilica is one of the largest in The Netherlands.
Unique in its interior are its wonderful wooden ceiling, its famous Müller Organ, its many stained windows and its 400 gravestones, including that of Frans Hals.
In the Teylers Museum you’ll discover the wonders of art and science.
Since 1784 the museum has welcomed the public to view paintings, drawings, fossils, minerals, instruments and books. The museum’s interior itself, with the monumental Oval Room as jewel in the crown, is a first grade tourist attraction.
Hidden Courtyards various locations throughout the city centre.
With 21 unique examples, Haarlem is truly a city of ‘hofjes’. These courtyards surrounded by alms-houses (charitable housing) go back to a bygone era, when wealthy members of society founded them to house poor, unmarried or widowed women. Most of the city’s hofjes are free to visit between 10:00 and 17:00. Please note that that hofjes are closed on Sundays.
Discover Haarlem at its best, from the water. Sail with a tour boat, rent a boat or use a sailing arrangement. The Haarlem canals, the terraces along the water and the view of the beautiful monuments make your cruise a special experience. Do you own a boat? Even then Haarlem is a beautiful city to visit. The Spaarnestad is part of the Staande Mast Route, allowing passage of pleasure cruises.
Are you looking for that special shop, that extraordinary place where you can find something unique? Take a stroll through the Golden Streets (de Gouden Straatjes). Guaranteed success! The many independent shops here range from craft studios and concept stores to exclusive design and vintage shops. The Golden Streets are situated around Grote Markt, the central square in the heart of the city. The brochure ‘De Gouden Straatjes’ will get you started. The brochure is available free of charge at the tourist office on the Grote Markt.
Public transport in the Netherlands is good and especially in this part of the country. Haarlem is easily accessible by car as well as by public transport. Haarlem has two train stations, an excellent bus connection to Schiphol and is easy to drive from Amsterdam, Utrecht and The Hague. At the city's access roads, you'll find directions for public car parks; in the centre there is little parking on the street. Bicycles can be stored free of charge in one of the guarded and covered bicycle sheds.
From BnB Hoofddorp you walk to the bus stop 340 in about 10 min., from which every 8 minutes a bus goes directly to Haarlem center. From Haarlem Centre there is also a direct train to Amsterdam. Zandvoort can be reached by bus or train.
From BnB Hoofddorp you can make really nice bike rides. If you are interested, we will be happy to print out some nice routes for you. For example, a trip along the flower fields in the spring! It is 10 km to Haarlem, approx. 45 min. by bike.
Haarlem is about a 20 minute drive from our BnB. On certain holidays you can park for free on the street in Haarlem. On the other days you pay for street parking in most areas. Please note that there is little street parking in the city center. There are 5 public parking garages in the city center, the De Dreef parking garage in Haarlem South-West and a parking garage at the Cronjé shopping center in Haarlem-North.