Surrounding area

Haarlem surrounding area

city, beach and flowers

Haarlem enjoys a perfect location, within 20 minutes of Amsterdam and Schiphol and with the dunes and beach as its backyard. It is not surprising that Amsterdam’s little sister is popular with locals and visitors. From Haarlem, you can enjoy the fabulous Zuid-Kennemerland National Park, stunning country estates, beach, sea and Spaarnwoude recreation area. What’s more, the colourful Bollenstreek (Bulb Region) and Keukenhof gardens are just around the corner.

Beach and sea

Blowing out the cobwebs on the beach, swimming in the sea or a drink at a beach club? Bloemendaal aan Zee and Zandvoort seaside resort are within 15 minutes of Haarlem. Most beach pavilions are open from March to October inclusive, some all year round.

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Nature and recreation

Zuid-Kennemerland National Park is a stunning wooded dune area between IJmuiden, Haarlem and Zandvoort, known for its vastness, special animal species and peace and quiet. It is a great place for walking, cycling, riding, taking pictures or going on forester-led excursions. Call into Visitors’ Centre De Kennemerduinen for more information, help with planning a walk or ride, or for a map. The nearby Duincafé serves delicious coffee, rolls and pancakes. Other areas which are great for relaxing are the Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen, south of Zandvoort, and Spaarnwoude recreation area, which forms a green buffer between Haarlem, Amsterdam and Velsen.

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Bollenstreek (Bulb Region) and Keukenhof

From February to the end of May, the Bollenstreek (Bulb Region) south of Haarlem, is one of the most colourful in the Netherlands, with bulb fields bursting with flowering tulips, crocuses, narcissi and hyacinths. Together with Keukenhof gardens in Lisse, this area is a major tourist attraction. As it is only 20 minutes from Haarlem, a Tulpomania package has been developed together with Keukenhof. It tells the story of the tulip mania in the Golden Age.

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