As soon as you arrive at the station in Haarlem, you find that you are in a haven of peace, though only 20 kilometres away. If you have planned to stay for several days in the Netherlands, a visit to Haarlem is worth the break from Amsterdam's frenzy.
The city also offers many historical sites of major interest. Wander in the cobblestoned streets, admire the Renaissance facade of City Hall, and get lost in the Grote Markt, a market that is hundreds of years old… You can admire the gigantic stained-glass windows of the Romano-Byzantine-inspired, neo-Gothic Cathedral of Saint Bavo.
As for the Frans Hals Museum, it holds striking works, including the painter's Banquet of the Officers of the Saint Adrien Militia Company (1627). Finally, the Teylers Museum, the Netherlands' oldest, founded by a wealthy merchant at the end of the 18th century, presents a unique collection touching on sciences and the arts.
Haarlem Tourism Office
Grote Markt 2
2011 RD Haarlem
+31 23 531 7325