Tourist information about Haarlem
History of Haarlem
Haarlem, a former Roman settlement, was granted privileges in 1245 by Count Willem II (William II) of Holland. Haarlem subsequently grew to be one of the major cities of Holland. During the Eighty Years’ War, Haarlem fought hard against Spanish rule. Once in the hands of Willem van Oranje (William of Orange), many Flemish settled in the city, evidence of which can be seen to this day. In the Golden Age, Haarlem was popular with the rich and powerful.
Museums of Haarlem
Go back to the Golden Age, marvel at the treasures of science or surround yourself with contemporary art. With 15 different museums, Haarlem offers art and culture to suit all tastes. Frans Hals Museum and Teylers Museum are internationally renowned, De Hallen Haarlem exhibits work by much talked-about artists and Het Dolhuys takes you into the world of the mind.
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There is much happening in Haarlem, all year round. Discover the city known for its high-quality cultural offering, wide range of shops, cosy restaurants and cafés, and excellent location near Amsterdam, beach and sea. A city with a rich history, stunning monuments and bon-vivant atmosphere.