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Haarlem or Amsterdam as Netherlands base?

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My goals for a summer visit (June or July) would be as follows: Enjoy some cycling, and immerse myself in Dutch language (I've nearly completed the Living Languages "Dutch" book and want to practice now!), history, architecture and culture.

I'd ideally like to base myself in one location for about 10 days to have more of a true "immersion" and was debating between staying in Haarlem and staying in Amsterdam. This would be my first trip to the Netherlands.

Haarlem I liked the idea of since I've been told that this, more than other locales, is where people speak "standard Dutch" naturally rather than dialect, so of anywhere this seems where I'd mostly likely be able to practice. I wonder if Amsterdam is such an international and globalized business & tourist city that I won't even be running into native Dutch-speakers all that often? Haarlem also seems charming, manageable and pretty easy to get into Amsterdam by train whenever I should choose to do so (which I'd like to do, and likely a few times!). I like as well that Haarlem appears more affordable and quieter (but with enough amenities and enough street life to have its own personality and "energy"?) which I kind of like the idea of... But maybe I'm off-base with how things "seem"?

Yet ...Amsterdam is so renowned, I wonder if I'll be missing out somehow on some of those spontaneous urban pleasures by NOT staying in Amsterdam proper.

Let me know your thoughts, whatever they are. Best wishes, Daniel

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