My birthplace: Haarlem

HAARLEM, THE NETHERLANDS - Haarlem is one of the most beautiful old cities in the Netherlands. It is a delightful, safe city with ca. 150,000 inhabitants. One of the city’s tallest landmarks, the striking tower of Grote of Sint Bavokerk (St Bavo’s Church), is visible for miles around.

Haarlem lies on the river Spaarne and has a beautiful historic city centre with many attractions including the Frans Hals Museum and Teylers Museum.

There is a wide range of caf├ęs and restaurants in the cosy city centre. And you will find a surprising number of specialist and trendy shops in the side streets of the main shopping streets.

Haarlem is sometimes called the most Flemish city of the North. The monuments created by city master builder Lieven de Key and the large number of places to eat and drink give the city a southern feel.

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