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Amsterdam or Haarlem

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Amsterdam or Haarlem

We are an Irish couple travelling to Holland early Nov. we have been to Amsterdam(and lovd it) and wondering would Haarlem be a good choice this time we will be there Sun -Wed . do you think Haarlem would would be too quite

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1. Re: Amsterdam or Haarlem

Haarlem is smaller than Amsterdam, but it's a charming town. Why don't you check out the Haarlem forum on this site? Just use the "Search" box on the left hand side to find suggestions.

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2. Re: Amsterdam or Haarlem

I find Haarlem lovely. If you want quietness, you may have it. If you or your partner want to shop, God knows you are going to be happy there. If there is not enough action for your taste, well, Amsterdam is only 15 minutes away by train : )

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3. Re: Amsterdam or Haarlem

Hi there.

Haarlem is a lovely town. Like indicated above, it is more quiet, the sunday might probably be even a little too quiet....

On monday morning, many shops might still be closed, but from noon, it will be better. You will find a few large shopping streets, leading to the marketsquare. You can go there, but do not forget to walk into the smaller sidestreets, you will find many lovely boutique style shops there, ranging from clothing to souvenirs, from small little giftshops until home decorating stuff.

A few museums to visit:

The Corrie ten Boom House.

www.corrietenboom.nl

Another one:

http://www.draaiorgelmuseum.org/

If you are into art: Frans Hals Museum

http://www.franshalsmuseum.com/

Pietershuis

http://www.galeriepietershuis.nl/

The Haarlem Historical Museum

http://www.historischmuseumhaarlem.nl/

Teylers Museum

http://www.teylersmuseum.nl/index_flash.html

Furthermore,. St.Bavo church is well worth a visit, the cityhall and "vleeshal" as well, all around the market square.

And if the weather is nice, there is the begijnhof, you can walk a

few citytours. There are a few good theatres to spend an evening as well...........

More info on http://www.haarlem.nl/smartsite9.htm

Feel free to revert back for specifics.

Regards

Marcel

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4. Re: Amsterdam or Haarlem

And by the way, if you need a translation of some pages, you can use this translation machine, which translates entire pages as well.

It will not be a perfect translation, but it will help understand it good eenough.

http://world.altavista.com/

Regards

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5. Re: Amsterdam or Haarlem

It depends what you want to do. Amsterdam has everything - museums, busy cafes, concert halls, bars and restaurants so why would you want to be elsewhere?

Haarlem is a pleasant enough town, but it's scarcely a tourist centre and you might find yourself somewhat bored, especially in November.

If you want an alternative to Amsterdam where the hotels are perhaps a little less expensive, I recommend The Hague.

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