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Haarlem

Grote Kerk, Haarlem © Fryslan0109
Grote Kerk, Haarlem © Fryslan0109

The quaint city of Haarlem lies 15-minutes away from Amsterdam by train, and has the distinction of boasting more museums per capita than any other city in the Netherlands. Its cosy, small-town feel and cheaper accommodation rates mean that many tourists are choosing to make it their base while vacationing in the Netherlands. A bustling market and a wide array of bars, cafes, restaurants, and live music venues means that Haarlem is an attractive choice for a variety of travellers. Its mix of historic sights and youthful energy is tremendously appealing. Haarlem's list of must-see attractions includes the Grote Markt (Market Square), where 10 streets converge around the town's 700-year-old centre, and the Saint Bavo Church, which contains an organ that dates back to 1738 and was once played by the great composer, George Frederic Handel.