Just 20km west of bustling Amsterdam lies the city of Haarlem, a hidden gem of old Dutch charm that’s a favourite with the locals. The city that leant its name to its vibrant Manhattan sister has a whole history of stories that has shaped each cobbled street, with tales of beer brewing, tulip trading and great fires producing the city’s striking architecture. As well as providing quintessential Dutch experiences such as browsing markets in the Grote Markt or taking in the views from the Molen de Adriaan windmill, Haarlem is also home to many unique ones. Visit the oldest museum in the Netherlands, attend a beer tasting in former church-turned-microbrewery De Jopenkerk, or wander through the boutique shopping district – affectionately nicknamed De Gouden Straatjes (The Golden Streets), Haarlem has regularly been voted the best shopping destination in the Netherlands.

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Places To Visit

Molen De Adriaan windmill

Providing panoramic views of the city from the banks of the river Spaarne

Cathedral of Saint Bavo

Extravagant Neo-Baroque cathedral with small museum within

Teylers Museum

The oldest museum in the Netherlands, covering art, natural history and science

De Gouden Straatjes

Some of the best boutique shopping in the Netherlands

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