Day-trips around Haarlem
We often get asked whether there is enough in Haarlem to keep tourists occupied for more than a few days. The answer is a resounding yes! There are so many lovely villages, parks and of course beaches around Haarlem that you will never run out of places to explore. Here are just a few ideas.
Scenic Bloemendaal is close to Haarlem, & offers two attractions for visitors – the lively picturesque village itself & Bloemendaal-aan-zee with it’s lovely beaches and the famous Dutch dunes.
Although at first glance it may appear to be a sleepy hollow, Santpoort-Zuid is home to the spectacular Brederode castle ruins, whereas Santpoort-Noord has a lovely windmill where you can buy delicious cookies and flour from the mill, a great playground for children under 7, and a lovely little shopping street.
National Park Zuid-Kennemerland
You could spend days in the National Park Zuid-Kennemerland, very close to Haarlem and not run out of things to do,
Cycle, run, walk or swim – an outing here will refresh all your senses. Entrance is free to this 3800 ha. park – and yes, you will probably encounter some Dutch wildlife, such as wild horses and even buffalo.
Also not very well-known, the village of Overveen is a few minutes from Haarlem by train or car. The main shopping street of Overveen is very quaint and you should certainly not miss a stop at Luciano’s for fantastic Italian ice-cream. Combine this with a visit to Loetje or Stach for a great low-key and very family-oriented breakfast, lunch or dinner!
Amsterdam, Leiden, Den Haag or Rotterdam
Fancy staying somewhere quieter, and day-tripping to some of the Netherland’s more well-known cities? Then Haarlem is the ideal base! Direct train links will have you whisked off in under an hour to some famous Dutch cities!