Top Choice Museum in Haarlem

Frans Hals Museum

A short stroll south of 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-century …
Top Choice Church in Haarlem

Grote Kerk van St Bavo

Topped by a towering 50m-high steeple, the Gothic Grote Kerk van St Bavo cathedral contains some fine Renaissance artworks, but the star attraction is its stunning Müller organ – one of the most magnificent in the w…
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 include an 18th-century electrostatic machine that conjures up visions of mad scientists. The eclect…
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


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

Nieuwe Kerk

Walk down charming Korte Houtstraat to find the 17th-century Nieuwe Kerk; the ornate tower by Lieven de Key is supported by a rather boxy design by Jacob van Campen.
Church in Haarlem


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 …
Statue in Haarlem

Laurens Coster Statue

On the square north of the Grote Kerk is the Laurens Coster statue. Haarlemmers believe that Coster has a claim, along with Gutenberg, to be called the inventor of movable type.