Haarlem is the capital of North Holland and It’s located just 15 minutes away from Amsterdam, with a metropolitan population of 155.000. From my point of view Haarlem is a must-see if you want to l live an unbelievable experience in the Netherlands
How can you get there?
If you are visiting Amsterdam and you have some free time maybe you should consider visiting Haarlem. It takes only 10 minutes to get there by train and it’s worth it. Moreover, the round trip price is approximately 8 euros, so the trip is very affordable.
What can we see and visit?
The first building which you will probably see is the train station. Harlem station is one of the oldest train stations in the Netherlands, and it shelters a little secret. Do you want to know it? It is also a hot spot for films! AS some scenes of Hollywood’s Ocean’s Twelve were filmed right there.
It’s the premier church in Haarlem and stands as one of the most recognised landmarks situated in the heart of the Groat Markt.
The church was constructed in the 1500’s after the destruction of the previous wooden building and the Grote kerk has stood ever since as an imposing structure in the city centre.
This church also hosts a famous richly decorated organ by Christian Müller. Furthermore, it’s the star of the church as many world-known musicians played this organ, including Mendelssohn, Händel and Mozart.
The Adriaan Windmill
Windmills are synonym for the Netherlands and Haarlem hosts the Adriaan Windmill which was originally constructed in 1778. Join a guided tour in order to learn more about how windmills work and enjoy the sight of old Haarlem from the viewing platform at the Adriaan Windmill.
The Cathedral of St. Bavo
It’s a truly awe-inspiring church, the cathedral dominates the surrounding skyline and offers a great look into the religious history of Haarlem. The truth is that while I was strolling along the city I didn’t expect to see such a building there, so that really impressed me.
The exterior is full of turrets and towers, two front facing bell towers, and a huge central dome. The cathedral is now the main Roman Catholic Church in Haarlem and It has been there since the late 1800’s.
Frans Hals Museum
One of the most visited museums in Haarlem, the Frans Hals Museum holds a large collection of artworks from its namesake and also a variety of modern art.The truth is that I didn’t know who was Frans Hals but It was a good way to became familiar with the famous dutch painter.
Aside from the fantastic collection of artwork, the actual building and inner courtyard of this museum are wonderful to contemplate as well.
Now you now a little bit more about the city I really hope you ENJOY and HAVE FUN !!!