The centre of Haarlem is surrounded by beautiful canals and is located on the river Spaarne. Haarlem is known for its many vibrant streets with interesting shops, cosy cafes and boasts a rich diversity of restaurants. Haarlem also offers a large variety of attractions, and the city and its surroundings are currently the most sustainable region in the Netherlands as well.
The old city centre is characterised by beautiful historic buildings, many of which have been restored and modernised to perfection. In the downtown area you can find a multitude of listed buildings. The impressive church building of the Grote of St. Bavo Church, dominates the skyline of the city.
There's an abundance of art and culture on offer. A visit to museums such as the Teylers Museum and Frans Hals Museum are a nice addition to your visit to Haarlem. Cultural venues like the Patronage, Philharmonie, Toneelschuur and Stadschouwburg Haarlem offer a high-quality programme in the field of dance, theatre, film and music.
The Haarlem city centre has been voted 'Best shopping city in the Netherlands' on several occasions. In the heart of town you can find exclusive luxurious shops, specialty boutiques, trendy furniture stores and many unique specialty shops.
The Grote Markt is the place to go for lots of entertainment. In the summer especially, this square is the site for lively events, markets and festivals. The rest of the city sets the stage for the numerous other events that take place in Haarlem. Annual features include the multi-day Haarlem Jazz & More festival, the Flower Weekend, the Bevrijdingspop Haarlem pop music festival, and one of the largest Christmas markets in the Netherlands.
Haarlem is the perfect destination for a weekend away or a fun holiday. Thanks to its ideal location it is easy to combine a stay in Haarlem with a visit to the beach or a trip to the capital of Amsterdam. For example, it's only a 10-minute train ride to enjoy the beautiful beach and within 20 minutes you're right in the heart of Amsterdam. Stempels is by far the most centric and one of the preferred hotels in Haarlem.