A cozy historic center, famous museums, shops, restaurants and the beach around the corner: Haarlem has it all. From hidden courtyards, from a bygone eras, to hip concept stores. From a medieval church to terrace on the water. From Dutch Masters to French star chefs. From antique market to pop concert. Be surprised by the sights, boutiques and picturesque squares, by the old and contemporary artists, the Burgundian atmosphere and the rich history.
Haarlem is a city with a rich history. The city was created as a settlement on a beach wall, along which a country road ran which connected the north of Holland with the south. Haarlem only became a "real" city in 1245 when it received the city rights of Count Willem II of Holland. From that moment Haarlem grew into one of the most important cities in the Netherlands. In 2020 we celebrate that Haarlem has been in existence for 775 years.
A spin around Haarlem
Do you want to know more about Haarlem? Visit Anno Haarlem! In the cellars of the town hall - the heart of the city that has been there since the fourteenth century - you can discover everything about the history of Haarlem. For example, watch the animated film A Spin Around Haarlem and see how the imposing Grote or St. Bavokerk was built. Anno Haarlem is located next to VVV Haarlem on the Grote Markt and is open from Thursday to Saturday from 11.00 am to 15.00 pm. Entrance is free.
Would you like to know more about what the Haarlem region has to offer? please see our Visit Haarlem website.