This classic Dutch city of cobblestone streets, historic buildings, grand churches, even grander museums, cosy bars, fine cafes and the odd canal is a sure-fire stop. It's a perfect day trip from Amsterdam, but as a place with so much on offer in such a compact area, you may find yourself turning the tables on the capital and using Haarlem as a base to explore the surrounds.
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Haarlem destination guides
Highlights of Holland by Barge
Cycling and cruising from the 'green heart' to the coastal sand dunes to discover the charm of Holland
Experience the quintessential Dutch sights by barge and bike