When to Go

  • Easily accessible from Amsterdam, Haarlem's outstanding museums, fabulous bars, cafes, restaurants and great shopping make it a year-round destination.
  • The springtime lambing season in March and April, around Easter, is an especially delightful time to island-hop over to Texel, though it's still too cold for swimming, and not all attractions and activities are yet in full swing.
  • The warmer months of May to September are the prime time to visit smaller towns and villages, which all but hibernate during winter, particularly from November to March, when many sights, activities and attractions close.