is a city and municipality in the Netherlands and capital of the
province Noord-Holland. It has been voted to be the best place for
shopping in the whole country in De Grote Houtstraat.
Haarlem was first mentioned in a
document in the 10th century, however the area has been inhabited for
over 3.500 years. In the year 1245 Haarlem received it's rights as a
city from Willem II of Holland (king of the Holy Roman Empire between
Since then the population has grown to
149.516 people in the beginning of 2010.
With an area of 29,32 km² it
has 5.099 inhabitants per km².
There are several ways of getting to
- Schiphol airport (international
and biggest airport in The Netherlands) is about 13km. away, there
buses going to Haarlem almost every 5 minutes (Busline 300). But other
than the bus there is also a train station right beneath Schiphol
airport which will lead you to any place in the country.
- Ofcourse you can also go by car
or take a taxi, important roads going into Haarlem are A9, A200, N200,
A208, N208, N205 and the N232.
Just 20 minutes by bicycle or a couple
of minutes by car or train you can reach Zandvoort At Sea, the beaches
stretch almost the entire western coast of The Netherlands and are the
perfect place to relax on a hot summerday. The water of the North-Sea
may be cold, but maybe that's just what you need after laying in the
Natura Artis Magistra, better known as
Artis is Amsterdams zoo not more than 15 minutes from Amsterdam Central
train station using Tram 9 (Diemen). The zoo was founded in 1838 and
has currently over 900 different animal species. Entrance costs €18,50
The city of Amsterdam is only 10 minutes
away by train, 20 minutes using the bus or car. Amsterdam is known all
over the world and it's cultural diversity is very big, only 55% of
Amsterdams inhabitants are Dutch.
The city centre has lot's and lot's of
shops that will keep you busy for hours, and when you get hungry there
is no shortage of choice for restaurants and bars. Dam square is only
10 minutes walking from Amsterdam train station and is always crammed