15 places in Haarlem you must have seen

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On this guide you will find 15 places that make Haarlem the city it is. Every city has places you won't find anywhere else. Some are in every travel guide, others are just a bit harder to find. In this guide you'll find a mix of historic spots, beautiful museums and unique hotspots to eat.
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blank Photo Grote Kerk in Haarlem, View, Sights & landmarks

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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Grote Markt

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

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Amsterdamse poort

Since about 1400 this gate welcomes you in Haarlem. It's the only gate left of the original twelve gates.

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Drogisterij A.J. Van Der Pigge

In 1849 Antonie van der Pigge opened his 'affair in drying shops and spices', today the special drugstore still exists.

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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 has been offering living space to lonely ladies.

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Frans Hals Museum - Hof

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

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Teylers Museum

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

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Archeologisch Museum

This museum is very appropriately underground. You will get to know the history of Haarlem through finds from the soil.

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Frans Hals Museum - Hal

Modern and contemporary art can be found this location of the Frans Hals Museum. People and society are central to the exhibitions.

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Museum Het Dolhuys

This museum of the mind depicts man in all its facets, especially those who deviate from the applicable standard in the Netherlands.

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Restaurant Zuidam

At the Schaapmakersdijk you can have lunch and dinner. Zuidam plays with time, both in the appearance of the building and in the menu.

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Molen De Adriaan

Enjoy the view, looking over the Spaarne and Haarlem. In the museum you will get acquainted with the age-old technique of converting wind into energy.

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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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Jopen has restored the age-old Haarlem brewing tradition. A former godhouse has been transformed into a modern city brewery and grand café.


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

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