Haarlem gives itself the title “City of Flowers” and tries to live up to it by bunching blossoms on nearly every one of its street corner, let alone the many parks and plazas. Although Haarlem makes for an excellent spring destination due to its annual great displays and floral floats, there is more to its civic identity than its florist facets—the city is a center of heritage and taste, its numerous museums and monuments attesting to its historical sense of self.
The Teyler’s Museum
in Haarlem is Holland’s oldest, having opened doors in 1784. Teyler’s contains an acclaimed collection of drawings and sports Dutch Romantics as well as numerous archeological finds and artifacts from ancient eras.
Perhaps the most prominent museum in the city is, however, the
, located in a 17th-century architectural gem and housing hundreds of artifacts and paintings that serve to enhance the buildings nostalgic aura. Its collections include the likes of world famous Dutch masters, from Maerten van Heemskerck to Frans Hals, and Johannes Verspronck.
Be sure to also check out the more modern works, the famous dollhouse, and the spectacular silverware collection as well.
One of the many churches worth visiting in the area would be the Late Gothic Church, on which construction began in the fourteenth century, and the
St. Bavo Cathedral
, which is the city’s Catholic claim to architectural fame; built in the twentieth-century out of brick, its green dome is surrounded by towers and visible from many parts of the city—especially at night, when lit up.
Other attractions representative of Haarlem culture include the
Corrie Ten Boom House
Cruquius Pump Museum
, among others.