“Officially the best city for shopping”, “the most welcoming” and “one of the best cities” in the Netherlands. What city got all these titles?

Haarlem (21)After Delft and a quick trip to Rotterdam, we decided to go to Haarlem. A city that isn’t that far from Amsterdam, but not very crowded with tourists, not yet.

This city is a nice place for an afternoon walk. If you have some extra time and you’re tired of being in the very crowded, busy and hectic Amsterdam, then a trip to Haarlem is an option to consider.
In Haarlem you don’t see and feel the smoke of the weed and people seem to be more relaxed and enjoy whatever they are doing without feeling the pressure of time πŸ™‚

What are the points of interest here? It depends on your preferences and interests. You can start with a walk to the main square (Grote Markt), until that point you’ll have seen many nice buildings, shops and cafes.
The Grote Kerk, Saint Bavo Kerk, city hall and several museums that are open to public can be added into your β€œmust see” list.
If you want to relax and go away from the crowd and city center, then a long walk to the port or even a walk along the Spaarne river are other choices you have.

If you’re hungry and on budget, you can choose to eat at one of the many Turkish small restaurants, Surinamese or Chinese food. For a healthier option, you can go to La Place (1st floor in V&D store).

You can reach Haarlem by train or by bus (from Amsterdam). The price for one way ride (train) is around 8 euro – from Amsterdam Centraal.

You can read more about this city on the following pages:

Maybe youalready know, but I’m going to say it for those who may not know this, if you open a page in a language that you don’t know in Google Chrome, then you can choose in which language should the content translated πŸ˜‰ Use this tip to read more of the info shared on the Dutch web pages πŸ˜‰

There aren’t many tips and advices, but I hope you’ll find my suggestions (see the links) useful πŸ˜‰

Travel safe and wise!


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