Haarlem has many attractions. To get you started, we have made a list of the top 10 must-see attractions during your visit to Haarlem.
THE LARGE OR ST. BAVOKERK
Haarlem has a number of interesting churches in and around its center. At the Grote Markt, the Grote or Sint Bavokerk immediately catches the eye. This magnificent late-Gothic medieval cross basilica towers high above the buildings around the square. The church houses, among other things, the famous Müller organ, where Mozart once pulled out all the stops as a child, and the tomb of Frans Hals.
In addition, from the end of May to the beginning of October, concerts on the Christian Müller organ are held weekly on Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons.
In the cellars of the City Hall - the heart of the city that has been there since the 14th century - you can discover everything about the history of Haarlem. Watch the animated film Vogelvlucht (Bird's Eye View) and see how the imposing Great or St. Bavo Church was built, be transported to Haarlem's glory days in the Golden Age and marvel at the development of the inhabitants of this monumental city over the centuries.
Exceptional church building, which from the point of view of architectural development belongs together with the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, the Sacré Coeur in Paris, the Westminster Cathedral in London and the Koekelberg Basilica in Brussels, to the top-5 of the large church buildings that were erected between 1850 and 1950. More than 50 important Dutch artists worked on this building, including Jan Toorop and Mari Andriessen.
THE OLDEST MUSEUM OF THE NETHERLANDS
Discover the wonders of art and science at Teylers Museum, the oldest museum in the Netherlands. Art by famous masters, fossils millions of years old, very expensive books and ingenious instruments.
THE MEETING BETWEEN OLD MEASURES AND OWN ART
At Frans Hals Museum, old and new meet. Historical works by Frans Hals and others hang alongside contemporary installations, and the Golden Age meets the present.
DISCOVER THE (VIRTUAL) CITY SHOPS OF HAARLEM
Are you curious about what to expect from a city walk through Haarlem or do you want to discover the city from home? Check out these virtual city walks of VVV Haarlem with city guide Marius Bruijn or city guide Marije Geheniau. Also take a look at the virtual treasure hunts.
DISCOVER THE BEST SHOPS IN HAARLEM
The range of stores in Haarlem is huge and varied. Fashion, home accessories, vintage, design, toys, antiques, delicacies: it is not without reason that the city has already been awarded the title of Nicest Shopping City of the Netherlands three times. Shop for well-known and luxury brands at the stores in the Grote Houtstraat or look for something exclusive in the picturesque Gouden Straatjes. The Golden Streets of Haarlem are: the Zijlstraat, the Koningstraat, the Gierstraat, the Schagchelstraat, the Kleine Houtstraat, the Anegang and the Warmoesstraat.
ENJOY A PRACIOUS VIEW
A visit to Haarlem is not complete without a visit to Molen de Adriaan. Located on the Spaarne, this tower mill can be seen from afar. Guided by a guide, visual presentations and models, you will discover much about the history of this and other Dutch mills. From the top of the mill you have a spectacular view of the old city.
THE DUNES, THE BEACH AND THE BOLLENSTREEK AS BACKGROUND
The location of Haarlem is absolutely ideal with Amsterdam and Schiphol less than 20 minutes away and the dunes and beach as backyard. From Haarlem you can enjoy the beautiful National Park South-Kennemerland, beautiful estates, beach, sea and recreation Spaarnwoude. And not only that. The colorful bulb-growing region and Keukenhof are just around the corner.
VISIT THE MUSEUM OF THE MIND DOLHUYS
Discover more about your own mind and the minds of others in an interactive way. What is the mind anyway? Is it inside your body or outside it? Can you influence your mind and how do you take care of it? On the basis of personal stories, science and life questions, you will discover more about your own mind and that of others in the museum.