Our wonderful home has the best of both worlds! It has lots of space, it's located in the city center of Haarlem, a vibrant city near Amsterdam, 2 minutes’...
Where is it?
Our home town Haarlem is one of the most beautiful old cities in the Netherlands. The historic city centre is located within walking distance from our house, 3-5 minutes. One of the city’s tallest landmarks, Cathedral St Bavo, the second largest church in the Netherlands, opposite our house.
With Amsterdam and Schiphol on one side and the seaside on the other side, the location of Haarlem is simply fantastic. Ideal for exploring the Netherlands, just 15 minutes from Amsterdam but at the same time, very peaceful. It is a delightful, safe city with ca. 150,000 inhabitants.
Haarlem lies on the river Spaarne and has a beautiful historic and cosy city centre with many attractions and a surprising number of specialist and trendy shops in the side streets of the main shopping streets. Haarlem is sometimes called the most Flemish city of the North. The numerous monuments and the large number of places to eat and drink give the city a southern feel. Haarlem is known for its rich culinary culture. After Maastricht, the city has the most number of cafés and restaurants in the Netherlands.
Haarlem has traditionally been a city of arts and culture and still has a lot to offer in this area. Haarlem cultural events venues Stadsschouwburg Haarlem, Philharmonie, Toneelschuur and Patronaat offer a high-quality programme in terms of theatre, dance, film and music.
The seaside is right on Haarlem’s doorstep with the North Sea, Bloemendaal beach and Zandvoort beach resort less than 10 km away. In the summer, these seaside resorts are the ideal places to enjoy the beautiful weather, relax and cool off. The many unique and popular beach pavilions with large terraces attracts lot of visitors in the spring and summer. There is plenty of choice for a lovely day/night out. The beach is also popular in autumn and winter, a great place to blow out the cobwebs during a bracing beach walk.
But National Park Zuid Kennemerland with its beautiful dunes and country estates also has a lot to offer visitors, particularly nature lovers and those looking for a little peace and quiet. Haarlem borders on this National Park, one of twenty National Parks in the Netherlands. People come here for peace and quiet and relaxation. It is a popular walking, cycling, swimming and riding spot. The dunes area covers approximately 3,800 hectares and is characterised by young, calcareous dunes with associated rare flora and fauna. There are also wide beaches, beautiful wooded dunes and peat polders. The natural landscape forms a stunning contrast with the country estates and other cultural-historical elements present in this landscape, such as bunkers. Also characteristic of National Park Zuid-Kennemerland are the pastures where Highland cattle, Konik horses (Polish horses), Shetland ponies, Drenthe moorland sheep and red-and-white cattle graze freely.
The bulb fields south of the city attract millions of tourists. The striking colors of the flowering tulip bulbs are a typical sight in Holland during the spring. The bright red, pink and yellow colors are overwhelmingly beautiful and are a must see, or should we say, a must experience! The best-known bulb fields are located behind the North Sea dunes, between the cities of Leiden and Den Helder. Haarlem has, traditionally, been the centre of the bulb-growing industry. Every year in April, the Flower Parade visits the city.
With so much to see and do in both the charming city centre of Haarlem and surrounding area, you really would have to stay one or more weeks to make the most of your visit.
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