Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Haarlem

Frans Hals Museum

A short stroll south of the Grote Markt, the Frans Hals Museum is a must for anyone interested in the Dutch Masters. Located in the poorhouse where Hals spent his final years, the collection focuses on the 17th-cent…
Top Choice Church in Haarlem

Grote Kerk van St Bavo

Topped by a towering 50m-high steeple, the Gothic Grote Kerk van St Bavo contains some fine Renaissance artworks, but the star attraction is its stunning Müller organ – one of the most magnificent in the world, stan…
Gallery in Haarlem

De Hallen

Haarlem’s modern and contemporary art museum resides within two historic ‘halls’: the 17th-century Dutch Renaissance Vleeshal, a former meat market and the sole place that meat was allowed to be sold in Haarlem from…
Historic Building in Haarlem

Corrie ten Boom House

Also known as 'the hiding place', the Corrie ten Boom House is named for the matriarch of a family that lived in the house during WWII. Using a secret compartment in her bedroom, she hid hundreds of Jews and Dutch r…
Museum in Haarlem

Teylers Museum

Dating from 1778, Teylers is the country's oldest continuously operating museum. Its array of whiz-bang inventions includes an 18th-century electrostatic machine that conjures up visions of mad scientists. The eclec…
Cemetery in Haarlem

Erebegraafplaats Bloemendaal

Inside the park, the WWII cemetery Erebegraafplaats Bloemendaal, 5km west of Haarlem, is the resting place of 372 members of the Dutch resistance. Its walled compound in the dunes is isolated from the rest of the pa…
Museum in Haarlem

De Zandwaaier Visitor Centre

Some 3800 hectares of classic Dutch coastal dunes are being restored in Zuid-Kennemerland National Park in the midst of the busy Randstad. De Zandwaaier, the park’s visitors centre, has nature displays and is a good…
Historic Building in Haarlem

Town Hall

At the western end of the Grote Markt is the florid 14th-century town hall, which sprouted many extensions, including a balcony where judgements from the high court were pronounced. It only opens to the public on Op…
Historic Building in Haarlem

Proveniershuis

Off Grote Houtstraat southwest of the Grote Markt is one of Haarlem's prettiest buildings, the Proveniershuis. It started life as a hofje (almshouse) and for a time became the headquarters of St Joris Doelen (the Ci…
Church in Haarlem

Bakenesserkerk

The striking Bakenesserkerk is a late-15th-century church with a lamplit tower of sandstone. The stone was employed here when the Grote Kerk proved too weak to support a heavy steeple – hence the wooden tower. It's …