Timing in Haarlem
If you push it, you could cover the main sights of Haarlem in half a day, but take a full day to do everything justice and to enjoy a relaxing break on the Grand Market square (Grote Markt).
Haarlem's Hidden Courtyards
Throughout the old city center are the many historic hofjes (almshouse courtyards)—hidden little courtyards that make Haarlem an incredibly pleasant place to explore. Look for the Zuider Hofje, the Hofje van Loo, the Wijnbergs Hofje, and the Brouwershofje (they are all signposted). Closer to the Grote Markt are the Remonstrants Hofje, the Luthershofje, and the Frans Loenen Hofje. These secluded gardens are filled with flowers and birdsong, and offer peace and respite away from the city streets.
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