"Haarlem - City of Flowers" Top 5 Page for this destination Haarlem by martin_nl
Haarlem Travel Guide: 570 reviews and 1,426 photos
Haarlem, the city that calls itself Bloemenstad, which means City of Flowers. And they call themself this not without any reason. All throughout the city you will find different flowers. Especially in spring and summer the city is totally coloured by crocusses, daffodils, tulips and hyacynths.
A big annual event is the Flower Parade that goes from Noordwijk to Haarlem. Usually there are some 14-18 big floats like the one pictured above. In between the floats drive luxury cars decorated with plenty of flowers and brass bands play cheerful music. Every two years the Grote Markt is home of a big flower carpet. To see a picture of this you can take a look at Sandravdp's homepage.
Haarlem is one of the oldest cities of the Netherlands, over 750 years old. It is the capital of the Provincie Noord-Holland and has 150.000 inhabitants making it the 7th largest city of the Netherlands. During the last centuries Haarlem was an important city for the Netherlands. Some interesting facts are that the first train in the Netherlands drove on the track from Haarlem to Amsterdam. Haarlem opened the first museum of the country called the Teylers Museum. The first baseball stadium of the Netherlans was also built here. Haarlem also published the first newspaper of Europe.
Haarlem is kind of off the beaten track, since it is mostly overlooked by tourists that only visit Amsterdam. From Amsterdam, Haarlem is only 15 minutes by train and definately worth a day trip. It offers fantastic shopping, somewhat similar architecture as Amsterdam, but a bit smaller and best of all not so crowded. There are many good restaurants, (see my tips) most of them situated in the same area. So if you want to have a relaxed day with good food and drinks and interesting architecture and culture pay a visit to Haarlem!
April 26th 2003 Sandravdp and I organised a VT-meeting in Haarlem. We chose this day because the annual flower parade (bloemencorso) would arrive that day in Haarlem. It was a bit of a rainy day, but nevertheless we had a lot of fun. For a full report please take a look at the travelogues REPORT. Photo's can be found in the other travelogues.
Most people went home after the meeting but Irisbe and B_Caro stayed in a hotel. The next day we decided to visit the Keukenhof in Lisse. Please take a look at our Keukenhof pages for pics and tips of this day!!
- Pros:Everything within walking distance, which adds to the fun in this historic city!!
- Cons:The city is quite small, so you wish you could wander around in this city longer.
- In a nutshell:More relaxed atmosphere than Amsterdam!
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