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Haarlem is a pretty city to the north of Amsterdam and steeped in Dutch history. It is the capital of the province of North Holland and offers a wide range of attractions to visit and activities worth to experience. Haarlem’s medieval past and flourished Golden Age have left behind a fantastic heritage to discover. Also known as the “Flower city”, Haarlem is considered the centre of tulip-bulb district. The city also built its historic reputation and richness with the silk and linen industry. And at the time of sailing Dutch hegemony, Haarlem became crucial for ships tolls payments. The river Spaarne crosses the city and brings a picturesque view to the city. Come to visit us and learn about its historical heroes: the allegedly real inventor of the printing press or the governor who contained the 3rd Duke of Alba army. Visiting museums; strolling the streets with an impressive medieval architecture; sailing on the river Spaarne or indulging yourself with a delicious restaurant menu, are only some of the many things to do in this wonderful city.

Haarlem has been distinguished as “the best shopping city in The Netherlands”. The impressive shopping offer includes charming local businesses but also the most recognizable chains. Look for the major clothing brands or the home made souvenirs, everything can be found in the streets of Haarlem.

Discover our fantastic city! Click in the following attractions’ websites for more information.

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Tulpomania until May 21st. 2017
Haarlem was the centre of the tulip trade in the 17th century. Our tours take you through the historical city centre of Haarlem and the spring garden Keukenhof. The tulip mania of the Golden Age is brought back to life in the Frans Hals Museum and the Jopenkerk brewery from 23 March to 21 May. Experience the tulip craze by booking a tour or enjoy one of the various activities. Book a package holiday in one of the participating hotels and rent a bike to explore the bulb fields in our beautiful region. Take your friends on a private canal tour while the guide tells you all about life in Haarlem during the Golden Age.

Dive into the world of tulip mania!

Teylers Museum: Watteau until May 14th. 2017
Ground-breaking and one of the most important painters in the history of art, that’s Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684-1721). With his poetic scenes full of subtle but significant gestures and glances, he created a new genre of art that was light, airy and elegant. His innovative art marked the beginning of the Rococo movement. Teylers Museum presents in collaboration with the Städel Museum in Frankfurt, the first major exhibition of the artist in the Netherlands, with more than 60 paintings and drawings by Watteau and followers. Watteau can be seen from February 1 until May 14, 2017 in Haarlem. In Frankfurt you can visit the exhibition till January 15, 2017.

Frans Hals Museum: In de ban van China: Barbaren & Wijsgeren until August 20th. 2017
Barbarians & Philosophers sheds light on the way China and the Netherlands formed images of one another in the seventeenth century. The Dutch were fascinated by the culture of the ‘Celestial Empire’; the Chinese were astonished by the Dutch ‘redheaded barbarians’. A selection of paintings, drawings, porcelain and models charts the cultural exchange. The exhibition in the Frans Hals Museum runs from 25 March to 20 August 2017.


Haarlem has also a reputation for its relentless festivals and (music) events. Take a look here for the current agenda.

Many visitors come to Haarlem attracted also by the city surroundings. If you are one of them, Relaxed Slapen & Vergaderen is still a perfect option to stay.

Haarlem is centrally located between Zandvoort aan Zee and Amsterdam. Also the city is extraordinarily well connected by train and highways, which make those places very easy to reach (in 10-18 minutes).

Some of the major attractions in the region are: