Haarlem is a small historical city, in North Holland approximately 15 minutes journey by train from Amsterdam.The first city walls in Haarlem were built in 1270 but the city has been around since the 10th century. Haarlem is known as the Tulip growing capital and is nicknamed 'Flower City.'
The Grote Kerk (The Great Church) In the center of Haarlem. It once was the biggest Church in all of Europe. Inside an impressive organ that dominates one wing has been played by many musicians, including Handel and Mozart. The Grote Kerk is in the main square of Haarlem, were markets are held, gatherings and fun fairs. There are few squares dotted around Haarlem.
Running on the southern - eastern - northern side of Haarlem is the River Spaarne. Many houses, shops and restaurants line the Spaarne. Off the Spaarne are canals that dominate the western side of Haarlem.
This is the Old Town Hall. There is currently a modern Town Hall were normal council activities take place. Here in the Old Town Hall, you can have Civil services, Marriages and gatherings. The Old Town Hall is opposite The Grote Kerk.
Throughout Haarlem are narrow cobbled streets lined with old houses and shops from different eras and of course lots of flowers!