Day Trip to Haarlem, Netherlands

Our morning at Keukenhof led us to an afternoon in the city of Haarlem. Driving north, there were beautiful stately brick homes. It was a beautiful drive mixed with tulips and homes with the most well-kept gardens I’ve ever seen.

Dutch home

Tulip field

Haarlem is another beautiful Dutch city, but doesn’t have the canals of Amsterdam and other places in Netherlands. The streets toward the Grote Markt are all old and filled with character. I fell in love with all the brick and cream framing around the doors and windows.

Haarlem shops

Streets of Haarlem

Dutch architecture

There are many shops to pop in and out of along the way. All personal, small businesses, that are so important to Dutch culture. Did you know that the Netherlands is one of the best places to start a business? I think it’s because they truly value little shops around the corner. There’s nothing like a local antique shop, or florals, or bakers, or coffee that’s not from a supergiant like Starbucks. It’s like sipping on love!

Haarlem shops

Flower shop

Dutch bakery

Haarlem coffee shop

On sunny days, you’ll find many of the residents in the main square soaking up the good weather. There are plenty of places to stop for a drink or a bite, and ample patio for everyone! It’s impossible to miss the Grote Kerk in the very centre; it’s quite outstanding.

Grote Markt Haarlem

Grote Kerk Haarlem

Grote Kerk Haarlem

Grote Markt Haarlem

Although my time in Haarlem was brief, it was magical. I would return in a heartbeat (or a bike peddle).

streets of Haarlem

Streets of Haarlem

Streets of Haarlem

The city played such a huge part in aiding the Jewish people in WWII and I would love to discover more about it. A book I loved growing up was the Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom. You can visit her family’s home and shop in the heart of Haarlem. Be prepared to wait in line! They only do so many tours per day in each language and only so many people can join in. The shop below is still a working shop today.Corrie ten Boom museum

Corrie ten Boom museum

In all too short of time, we had to wander back through the little alleys of whimsical wonder to our rental car. I couldn’t help but wish I could take this magic back home.

streets of Haarlem

streets of Haarlem

brick path

Until next time, Haarlem.

Wandering Haarlem

 

Visit Haarlem:

Corrie ten Boom Museum

2 Comments

  1. July 14, 2017 / 3:08 am

    Ah yes, I just LOVE Haarlem. I say it’s even more Dutch than Amsterdam (bold huh!). Such a pretty city. Great pics!

    • cak95
      July 14, 2017 / 12:47 pm

      I loved Haarlem too! BOLD but true 😉 Thank you!

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