The 17 most beautiful sights and museums to visit in Haarlem

Let yourself be amazed by the beautiful Haarlem during a day trip to the city. Stroll through a city full of history and discover traces of the Eighty Years' War and Golden Age. Explore the more than 4,000 monuments, visit one of the many courtyards and see numerous sights. Haarlem is also rich in museums. Surround yourself with contemporary art, see treasures of science and be toured by paintings by famous grandmasters. We are happy to tell you which places you should not miss. Save your favorites on your city guide and explore.

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Santiago de Compostella

The marking on the street may not tell you much at first glance. But the stripes are the starting point for the pilgrimage to Santiago.

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De Hallen

Modern and contemporary art can be found in De Hallen Haarlem. In the collection, artists take a critical look at modern society.

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Grote Kerk

A landmark in the city. The medieval church is built in the Gothic style and located on the Grote Markt.

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Discover Haarlem on 2 wheels during the best bike tours through the city.

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Amsterdamse poort

This gate has been welcoming you in Haarlem since about 1400. It is the only gate left of the original twelve gates.

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Kleine Houtstraat

Not just any street. The Kleine Houtstraat is often voted the best shopping street in the Netherlands. This is due to the many special shops.

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Teylers Hofje

Thanks to the large pompous entrance, the Teylers Hofje is not really hidden. Since its inception in 1787, the courtyard offers living space to lonely ladies.

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Fotogalerie De Gang

The Gang is the old entrance to the Baptist Church. By means of exhibitions, photographers connect the outside world with the church.

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Museum Het Dolhuys

This museum of the mind depicts people in all its facets, especially people who deviate from the current standard in the Netherlands.

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Teylers Museum

The oldest museum in the Netherlands where the public has been welcome to look at objects of art and science since 1784.

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Stroll along the Spaarne along cosy restaurants, characteristic bridges and various monumental buildings.

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Archeologisch Museum

This museum is very appropriately underground. You will learn about the history of Haarlem through finds from the soil.

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Grote Markt

In the heart of the centre of Haarlem you will find the Grote Markt. The square is the ideal location to relax thanks to the many terraces.

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Taverne De Waag

At the Spaarne is perhaps the most famous music café in Haarlem. Musicians from all over the world are still performing here every week.

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Corrie Ten Boomhuis

This house shows how Jewish people in hiding could hide behind a false wall in Corrie ten Boom's bedroom.

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Frans Hals Museum

Frans Hals is the most famous painter in Haarlem. The museum named after him shows a selection of his most beautiful and largest paintings.

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Molen De Adriaan

Enjoy the view, looking over the Spaarne and Haarlem. The museum introduces you to the age-old technique of turning wind into energy.

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Located on the Grote Markt you will find the town hall. Admire this beautiful building with the watchful Lady of Justice watching the square.

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