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  • 1 Frans Halsmuseum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Groot Heiligland 62

    Since 1913, this museum has occupied the former hospice for the elderly (1608). Devoted mainly to the work of Frans Hals, paintings of civic guards and regents give visitors a clear idea of his evolution as a painter. The museum also has many works b..

  • 2 Grote of St.-Bavokerk Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Oude Groenmarkt 23

    This huge 15C church is topped by a superb 80m high lantern tower, made of wood covered with lead (where the nave and transept cross). Admire the cedar vault (nave and choir) inside. A number of famous people have been laid to rest here, among them t..

  • 3 The De Cruquius Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Cruquiusdijk 27

    This museum, on the edge of the former Haarlem lake, is housed in one of the three pumping stations which were used to dry it out. It bears the name of the surveyor Nicolas Cruquius (1678-1754), who drew up one of the plans to dry out the lake. In th..

  • 4 The Grote Market Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Grote Markt

    The Great Church, the town hall and the old meat market line this square. Here you will find a statue of Laurens Coster (1405-1484), considered in the Netherlands to have invented printing before Gutenberg (around 1430).

  • 5 Stadhuis Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Grote Markt 2

    Next to this 14C Gothic building is a turret. Among the many changes made to it since the 14C are, to the right, a projecting section above a gallery topped with a gable (15 C-17 C) and, to the left at the top of a flight of stairs, a Renaissance log..

  • 6 The Vleeshal (the covered meat market) Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    This elegant Mannerist building was constructed between 1602 and 1604 by Lieven de Key. It is topped by richly decorated roof dormers, and its facade is ornamented with the heads of cattle and sheep that recall its former function. This former covere..

  • 7 Teylers Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Spaarne (l’entrée se situe Nauwe Appelaarsteeg 3) 16

    This museum, the oldest in the Low Countries (1779), was created thanks to the legacy of P. Teyler van der Hulst, a Haarlem manufacturer of broadcloth and silk goods (18 C) who devoted his fortune to promoting the sciences and the arts. Its beautiful..

  • 8 Statue of Hans Brinker

    Museums and art

    This statue stands on one of the locks which punctuate the Spaarndam dyke. It is dedicated to Hans Brinker, a true hero of Spaarndam who, so the story goes, succeeded in saving the town from a flood having spent the whole night with his finger in a f..

  • 9 Yacht marina

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    A path leads you on foot along the marina to reach the basin of Oost-en Westkolk. There you will see some pretty restored houses.

  • 10 Verweyhal

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    As well as forming part of the Frans Hals Museum, like the Vleeshal, this market hall is dedicated to the works of the impressionist painter Kees Verwey, originally from Haarlem and whose name it bears.

  • 11 Amsterdamse Poort (the Amsterdam Gate)

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Leading the way into the town through two turrets, this gate dating from the end of the 15C also served as a watergate.

  • This small museum is devoted to the history of the city. A model of Haarlem as it was in 1822 is on display here.

  • 13 Former hospices

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Among the institutions available to the inhabitants of the rich city Haarlem as early as the 15 C were the Provenierschofje (1592), whose large porch opens onto the Grote Houtstraat, the Brouwershofje (1472) in the Tuchthuisstraat, and the Hofje van ..

  • 14 Haarlem Station

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The first railway line in the Netherlands, inaugurated in 1839, ran between Amsterdam and Haarlem. Built in the Art Nouveau style in 1908, the sumptuous Haarlem Station building is still in use today.

  • 15 The Kathedrale Basiliek St-Bavo

    Religious buildings

    Leidsevaart 146

    This very large basilica was built between 1895 and 1906 by J. T. Cuypers in the neo-Gothic style and according to the taste of the era. Its sacristy houses the treasure: an important collection of liturgical objects, mainly of silver (15-20 C). Note..

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