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THE CITY OF LOCALS

Experience Haarlem like a true local and discover the city
through the eyes of its proud inhabitants.

The latest stories, hiking trails,
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Be enchanted by the tips and stories of these Haarlem locals! Enjoy delicious meals at the places where they love to dine, wander the charming alleys where they shop, and taste authentic Haarlem delicacies. Enrich your Haarlem adventure by following the trails of these personal, local guides. This way you will experience Haarlem in a unique and special way!

May 23, 2024

Reading time 7 minutes

Swimming in Haarlem

Haarlem has unique places to cool off during the hot summer days. We list the best options.

May 13, 2024

Reading time 4 minutes

Femke's favorite waterfront terraces

In Haarlem there are a lot of possibilities to enjoy an extensive lunch, a really good cup of coffee or a drink with a drink board by the water. Femke has listed the finest options for you.

April 29, 2024

Reading time 4 minutes

Markets in Haarlem

Do you love strolling around the market? Then you are in the right place, because Haarlem has many nice markets. We have listed them for you.

March 5, 2024

Reading time 5 minutes

Spaarnwoude Park x South-Kennemerland National Park

In Haarlems environment, we follow two animals visiting each other's habitat. How would their neighbors be?

Feb. 28, 2024

Reading time 5 minutes

Wheelchair-friendly getaway tips in Haarlem

Discovering the charm of Haarlem from a wheelchair; you can! Tips for wheelchair-friendly activities are listed here.

Feb. 1, 2024

Reading time 4 minutes

Haarlem Chimes

The Haarlems Chimes is back on the scene. Grower Edwin talks about the special little plant.

Jan. 29, 2024

Reading Time 6 minutes

Eating out with children in Haarlem

Haarlem is known for its gastronomy. But where can you eat out with children?

Jan. 23, 2024

Reading time 5 minutes

The story of photographer Medya

Immunologist Medya was born in Mahabad. She fled to Sweden in her youth and now lives in Haarlem. Medya has recently started photography. Through photography she learns about herself and comes to balance.

December 20, 2023

Reading Time 8 minutes

24 hours on sustainable adventure in Haarlem

Discover Haarlem with all its greenery? Must do!

December 5, 2023

Reading time 7 minutes

The most wonderful time of the year: HAARLEM PAYS YOU IN THIS WINTER

As the days grow shorter, we are once again preparing for the cozy and atmospheric month of December. Reason to highlight two great local stories closely associated with the holiday season.

December 5, 2023

Reading Time 8 minutes

24 hours of history in Haarlem: from Teylers Museum to hidden churches

Fancy expanding your mind in another city? Hop on the train to Haarlem.

November 15, 2023

Reading time 1 minute

Haarlem playlist

Listen to Haarlems Sound: a playlist on Spotify featuring Haarlem music.

Nov. 9, 2023

Reading time 4 minutes

Lunch with children in Haarlem

Settle down for lunch in Haarlem with your kid(s). This blog gives you some restaurant tips to visit for lunch with kids.

Oct. 30, 2023

Reading time 4 minutes

Volunteer Frans about Anno Haarlem

Frans is a Haarlemmer and a volunteer with Anno Haarlem. He talks about what Haarlem means to him and Anno Haarlem.

Oct. 30, 2023

Reading Time 6 minutes

Take the most beautiful autumn photos

Autumn in Haarlem yields beautiful images. Here are listed locations where you can shoot the most beautiful autumn photos.

Oct. 23, 2023

Reading Time 6 minutes

Femke's favorite drinks spots in Haarlem

Do you feel like having a drink? Haarlem is the place to be. I would like to share my favorite hotspots for drinks.

October 16, 2023

Reading time 4 minutes

Femke's favorite hotspots for coffee in Haarlem

In the mood for good and tasty coffee? The choice for cool coffee hotspots is huge in Haarlem. I like to share my favorites!

October 12, 2023

Reading Time 2 minutes

Vegan with a royal rattle

Say you want to eat vegan. (And why wouldn't you want to?) Then Haarlem is the city where you need to be. Because in our city you can enjoy, but really enjoy, in a restaurant that is world famous among lovers of plant-based food.

October 12, 2023

Reading Time 2 minutes

Squabbling painters on a royal soccer field

No doubt you know Frans Hals, but at the time there was another great living in Haarlem. Who? Judith Leyster. An artistic and enterprising woman. At twenty-four she was admitted to the St. Luke's Guild.

October 12, 2023

Reading Time 2 minutes

The first train to streets of gold

Haarlem was often the first. Examples? The first museum, the first newspaper, the first liberation festival. But about this another time. Now we want to talk about the first railroad. It was festively opened on September 20, 1893.

October 12, 2023

Reading Time 3 minutes

Cocktails with a loose touch

Back for a moment to the end of the 16th century. From the Southern Netherlands many people came to our city. Among them the Hals family, consisting of father François, mother Adriana and their sons Joost, Dirck and Frans.

October 12, 2023

Reading Time 2 minutes

Brewing beer in a city of flowers

Say Haarlem, you say beer brewing. Already in the Middle Ages, beer was brewed in our city. Domestically, so on a small scale, but still.

October 10, 2023

Reading Time 6 minutes

How dangerous is supping next to a large ship?

A boater has a lot less visibility over people on the water than is thought.

Aug. 24, 2023

Reading time 5 minutes

Teylers meets Frans Hals

Culture in Haarlem reaches beyond its own museum doors. In that context, Marc de Beyer, director of Teylers Museum, is visiting the Frans Hals Museum for the exhibition PINK DE THIERRY - LIFE IN ART.

Aug. 21, 2023

Reading Time 3 minutes

The most beautiful picnic spots in and around Haarlem

Haarlem has many beautiful picnic spots. By the water, in the sand, on the grass.... Enjoy the summer days to the fullest with a picnic in Haarlem.

Aug. 21, 2023

Reading Time 3 minutes

Cooling off in Haarlem during summer days

We are thoroughly enjoying the warm summer days. Every now and then it's nice to cool off. We give you the best tips for cooling off in Haarlem.

July 31, 2023

Reading time 9 minutes

Midweek in Haarlem

In this article, Haarlem Marketing shares an ideal itinerary with the best spots, the tastiest restaurants and the most special hotspots.

July 24, 2023

Reading time 9 minutes

On the green tour

Haarlem is the ideal destination for a green city break. Centrally located, easily accessible by train and everything is within walking distance of each other.

July 17, 2023

Reading time 10 minutes

Like a Local

There is always something going on in Haarlem. The city buzzes and the people of Haarlem themselves are busy bees.

Bikes

Tulips

Bulb Route Haarlem Keukenhof

Hiking

Short Vineyard Street Knight Street

Creative Haarlem

Hiking

large market

The 10,000 step route

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