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Culture of Haarlem. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

In Harlem, there is a religious landmark known far beyond the country's borders - the Cathedral of Saint Bavo. The building distinguished by its unique architectural style was quite a complicated and ambitious project of its time. The main decoration of the cathedral is a beautiful wooden arch supported by 28 powerful columns. When exploring its interior, visitors will be impressed by the luxurious decoration, every element of the church is thought out to the smallest detail. Rare cedar wood was used in the construction of the main nave's ceiling. Walls of the church are still adorned with ancient frescoes and handmade decor items.
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No less famous attraction is Frans Hals Museum, which displays a collection of paintings by famous Dutch painters. Works presented here include several priceless masterpieces of Frans Hals himself. The paintings depict famous architectural monuments of the city. A kind of city attraction is the railway station building. Throughout its centuries-old history, it was completely rebuilt several times and drastically changed its appearance. Today, visitors to the city can admire the beautiful art nouveau building.
The center of Harlem's historic district is old Grote Markt. The largest market in town was located here several centuries ago. In the same place is the Town Hall, one of the oldest buildings in the city. The beautiful architectural landmark served as a source of inspiration for many local artists. St. Ann's Catholic Church and Villa Welgelegen stand out among other architectural sights. The latter was built in the middle of the 19th century. The interior of its rooms has been preserved to this day in its pristine form. The beautiful mansion contains a collection of antique furniture, paintings, and other objects of art, which are the most valuable exhibits. Copyright
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An important tourist attraction is theSt. Elisabeth Gasthuis. Today the hospital's building houses a historical museum. An interesting exhibition on the history of the Second World War is presented by the Anne Frank House. The Museum of Industrial Art acquaints visitors with the latest achievements of science. Connoisseurs of fine art will enjoy the Teylers Museum opened back in 1784. Its walls keep the most valuable Flemish art collection, which attracts enthusiastic people from all over the world.
In the section below, you can get one of our excursion, activities or city discovery tours over Haarlem and surroundings. Our website offers 10-30% lower ticket prices, when compared to the offline purchase on the spot.

City tours, excursions and tickets in Haarlem and surroundings

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Map of all palaces
Public palaces near Haarlem
♥   Palace 'Royal Palace of Amsterdam' , 16.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Huis ten Bosch Palace' , 36.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Lange Voorhout Palace' , 38.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Kneuterdijk Palace' , 39.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Peace Palace' , 39.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Noordeinde Palace' , 39.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Kasteel Drakestein' , 44.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Haarlem and around
♥   Art museum 'Frans Hals Museum' Haarlem, 1.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Stedelijk Museum' Amsterdam, 15.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Van Gogh Museum' Amsterdam, 15.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Cobra Museum' Amstelveen, 15.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Rijksmuseum Amsterdam' Amsterdam, 16 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Haarlem
♥   Kathedrale Basiliek van Sint-Bavo, Haarlem, 2.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basiliek van de H. Nicolaas, Ijsselstein, 17.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basiliek van de H. Johannes de Doper, Laren, 41.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Kathedrale Sint Maarten, Utrecht, 44.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Sint Catharinakathedraal, Utrecht, 44.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Kathedrale Kerk van de HH Laurentius en Elisabeth, Rotterdam, 52 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basiliek van de H. Liduina en Onze Lieve Vrouw van de Rozenkrans, Schiedam, 52.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Unique spots in Haarlem and near

Keukenhof Flower Park

From the series “Top 16 Most Unusual and Original Parks and Gardens”
Currently, the park area occupies ​​32 hectares. Each year, about 7 million flowers are planted on its territory. In addition, the park features more than 90 species of trees, as well as artificial lakes, ponds, canals, and streams. Keukenhof is made for walking, so the length of all its footpaths is around 15 km. Romantic natures will be able to travel around the lakes and canals by boat. Fans of art will love the park too, as it has a rich collection of sculptures of different eras. The youngest guests are sure to enjoy an entertainment complex, as well as a farm with animals. … Read further

Lisse Tulip Fields

From the series “Top 13 Most Colorful and Picturesque Places on the Planet”
In total, more than three billion flowers are planted annually on plantations. Almost all flowers grown on plantations are exported to the other countries. Tourists traveling to Lisse can visit the beautiful plantations as part of a bus excursion. The followers of the more original entertainments, prefer to enjoy the colorful landscape during the helicopter excursion. From the height you can appreciate the size of the plantations and their harmonious shape. … Read further

Electric Ladyland Fluorescent Museum

From the series “15 Unofficial Man-Made Wonders of the World”
In recent years, the museum's collection replenished with a variety of unusual sculptures. The layout of the Earth and a huge statue of Shiva are among the most impressive ones. Visit to the amazing museum in Amsterdam promises to be not only memorable, but also very informative event. Guests will learn about using fluorescence in contemporary art, industry and even marketing. They will understand how the thinnest ray of light is able to turn even an ordinary gray stone into a priceless piece of art. … Read further
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Excursions over cultural sights of neighbours of Haarlem

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