There is much to do and see whilst on holiday to Haarlem. From historically important sites and museums to the many available outdoor activities, there is no reason to ever be bored during your holiday. A holiday rental home in Haarlem will put you close to all of the best activities. Just a few miles from Amsterdam, you will also have easy access to the many amenities available there. Your rental home will feature all of the comforts that you are used to in a peaceful and quiet setting.
With a beach just 10 km away, there are plenty of opportunities for water sports whilst on holiday to Haarlem. Surfing, swimming, kayaking and diving are a few of the options. Hiking and cycling are also quite popular and there are many scenic locations to explore in this way. Stay in Haarlem or travel a few kilometres to Amsterdam where there are even more choices for those who want to spend time in the out of doors.
There are many important historic sites in and near Haarlem. One of the most well-loved is the Corrie ten Boom House. Located in Haarlem, this house was once a place of refuge for Jews who needed protection from the Nazis. The ten Boom family risked their own lives to hide Jews in a hidden space behind a wall. The entire family was eventually caught and sent to prison, where most of the family died. Carrie ten Boom lived into her 90’s and spent her life telling her family’s story. The Church of St. Bavo, which is nearly 1000 years old, is one example of the historically important buildings, churches and windmills in the area. There are also a number of museums, such as The Fran Hals Museum which features a large collection of work by this 17th century painter.
Many travellers enjoy a holiday to Haarlem in part due the year round mild weather. During the winter months, the average low temperature is between 1 and 6 degrees, which is not nearly as cold as in some other parts of the country. The rest of the year, the temperatures are fairly constant with average lows of between 11 and 18 degrees and average highs of between 15 and 22 degrees. There is some rain each month and the most rain falls during the month of December.
The closest airport to Haarlem is Amsterdam-Schiphol (AMS), located just 15 km away. This is a well-serviced airport with flights to and from a variety of worldwide locations.
There is a ferry at Ijmuiden-Newcastle, just 20 km from Haarlem. The city has a railway station as well.