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The Perfect Day Trip From Amsterdam: Haarlem, Netherlands

April 14, 2017

Something I loved about the Netherlands is that it’s really easy to explore other cities for a quick day trip. We stayed in Amsterdam for the week, but jumped on the train to visit other small towns during our stay. Our first stop was Haarlem, and it was the perfect place for a day trip! This gorgeous town is only 13 minutes away from Amsterdam, but has a much more quaint feel.

A must see town in the Netherlands! A must see town in the Netherlands!

Doors and facade lovers, Haarlem has it all.

A must see town in the Netherlands!A must see town in the Netherlands!A must see town in the Netherlands!

And the most beautiful lush greenery!

A must see town in the Netherlands!A must see town in the Netherlands!

They have architecture that’ll make your jaw drop.

A must see town in the Netherlands!

Their main square looks like this:

A must see town in the Netherlands!

We only went for half a day, with no plans in mind, and a camera on hand. That’s my favorite kind of trip, just wandering through the town taking pictures of all the things that make it unique. Who’s with me?

A must see town in the Netherlands!A must see town in the Netherlands!A must see town in the Netherlands!A must see town in the Netherlands!A must see town in the Netherlands!

One of Haarlem’s most quintessentially Dutch landmarks is the De Adriaan windmill. You can find it on the banks of the river Spaarne. It’s not too far from the train station.

A must see town in the Netherlands!A must see town in the Netherlands!

The Amsterdamse Poort is an old city gate of Haarlem. It’s the point that separates the end of the old route from Amsterdam to Haarlem, and the only remaining town gate.

A must see town in the Netherlands!

Bij Babette in Haarlem

Of course, we also stopped for some treats during our visit. Bij Babette was our first stop for coffee and pastries. It’s an adorable cafe that offers an array of options including tons of different teas.

A must see town in the Netherlands!

Garrone

We had to try Garrone’s gelato before leaving. I first learned about it from @hashtaganika’s Instagram account, and knew I had to go! The gelato was delicious, and I totally recommend a stop there.

A must see town in the Netherlands!source: instagram.com/hashtaganika

So as you can see, the charming town of Haarlem is definitely worth a visit.

A must see town in the Netherlands!

It’s a place full of cute nooks.

A must see town in the Netherlands!

And the sassiest of people. Put it on your list!

A must see town in the Netherlands!

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11 Comments

  • Reply In Between Pictures April 15, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Such a charming town! Where is your pic of you holding the ice cream?!?! I don’t know what flavor you had or how it looked!!

    • Reply this darling world April 19, 2017 at 3:43 pm

      Thanks so much!! And hahaa I ate my ice cream too fast to get a good shot.

  • Reply California Globetrotter April 15, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Oooh Haarlem is so adorable! Gotta hit this up next time we’re in the Netherlands!! #blogpostsaturday

  • Reply Nina Tekwani April 15, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    This looks like such a darling town!!!

  • Reply Boarding Call April 15, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    love that you shared this! I live in Amsterdam but always think it’s a shame that people usually don’t venture farther – Haarlem is a great day trip!

    • Reply this darling world April 19, 2017 at 3:45 pm

      Thank you!! 🙂 There’s so much to see in the Netherlands, just wish we had more time!

  • Reply Grace Silla April 19, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    I so wish I could heart my favorite photos. But I think I’d be hearting them all! These photos are fantastic! Haarlem looks beautiful and hopefully someday I can make it out there. My uncle lives near Amsterdam so I totally should visit. Also, I love how popular bike riding is there.

  • Reply Christie Sultemeier April 19, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    I LOVEEEEEE your pics from here!!! They are so amazing. I love Amsterdam and need to go back and go to Haarlem too! You’ve totally inspired me

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