Top 10 Things to Do and See in Haarlem
Haarlem has a rich history and a thriving cultural scene, so there are plenty of things to see and do. Here are some of the highlights:
Frans Hals Museum
Museum with a large collection of Haarlem art dating from the fifteenth-century onwards, including works by the painter Frans Hals for which it is named.
The central market square of Haarlem which is the centre piece for many famous buildings, including the City Hall, The Vlesshal, Hoofwacht and Sint-Bavokerk
Sauna van Egmond
A luxurious beauty spa with saunas, steam rooms and swimming pools.
The Corrie ten Boom House
The Corrie ten Boom House was the home of the Ten Boom family, and during the Second World War was used as a refuge by fugitives in hiding from the Nazis, who were hidden behind a false wall in Corrie Ten Boom's bedroom. Today, the house is a museum, restored to look as it did in the 1940's.
The Grote-Kerk of St. Bavo
Gothic cathedral built in the 14th-15th centuries, in the so-called Kustgotiek ("Coast Gothic") style.
The oldest museum in the Netherlands, with an extensive collection of paintings by the old masters as well as a large collection of fossils, minerals and scientific instruments.
Theatre with two theatres and two cinemas showing alternative and independent films.
Tmall History Museum
Museum presenting the history of Haarlem, once a thriving commercial centre rivalling Amsterdam.