Flights to Haarlem
Haarlem is an attractive city just 20 kilometres from Amsterdam. It’s the capital of the North Holland province and lies on the River Spaarne, and has historically been the centre of the Netherlands’ tulip bulb growing industry.
A flight to Haarlem will arrive at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (airport code: AMS) which is the nearest major airport. There is a public bus service and it is only a 10 kilometre drive away. Many major airlines all offer 1-stop flights to Haarlem from South Africa. South African Airways stops in London, Egyptair stops in Cairo and Iberia will make its connection in Madrid. Lufthansa, Air France and KLM are other options and the average flight to Haarlem is 14 hours long.
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The Tourist Attractions of Haarlem:
Haarlem may not be as well known as Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, but at only a short distance away from that city Haarlem has a lot to offer. It dates back to before medieval times and was first mentioned in the 10th century. The city was quite wealthy, but was largely destroyed several times by fires and quickly rebuilt again. This means that there aren’t quite as many historical buildings as there could be but still, those tourists interested in historical architecture will find a fairly good selection here.
Haarlem City Hall
Haarlem City Hall is one of the older buildings and a major landmark for the city. Standing on the Grote Markt, the city hall was built on land that was donated by William II, Count of Holland, after his own castle was badly damaged in one of the many city fires. Part of the city hall dates back to the Middle Ages, but the striking façade was built in the early 1600s.
You can see inside parts of the building where there are works of art, ornate windows, and numerous objects from Haarlem’s history on display.
Haarlem Grote Markt
The Grote Markt is Haarlem’s main city square and as well as the city hall there are several other important buildings lining the square. On Saturdays and Mondays the square comes alive with the Haarlem market, right in front of the city hall. Though more generalised traders set up here too, the market is mainly reserved for clothing and cloth on a Monday, while flowers, foods and household goods are sold on Saturdays.
The Grote Kerk, or Sint-Bavokerk is the large church, and former cathedral, that stands on the Grote Markt, plus there are several other attractions including De Hallen art museum and the Haarlem Archaeological Museum.
If you enjoy museum then you should also visit the Teylers Museum while in Haarlem. It’s the oldest museum in the Netherlands and is the former home of Pieter Teyler van der Hulst. He was a wealthy cloth merchant who lived between 1702 and 1778 and bequeathed his money so that the there could be research and therefore advancement into art, science and religion.
When Should You Visit?:
The sunniest and warmest months to visit Haarlem are from May to August when you’ll experience average highs of up to 23C. Even though July is one of the warmest and sunniest months it’s also one of the wettest, so be prepared for showers if you visit then! Although cooler, April is the driest month of the year, while winters are cool and overcast.