18 days in Haarlem & Amsterdam Itinerary

18 days in Haarlem & Amsterdam Itinerary

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18 days in Haarlem & Amsterdam Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Bus:  15 min
1
Haarlem
— 1 night
Bus:  15 min
2
Amsterdam
— 16 nights
End: Amsterdam

1
night
Haarlem

Haarlem ©
Often referred to as "Mini Amsterdam," Haarlem provides all the classical charm of Amsterdam, but on a smaller scale.
On the 29th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Zandvoort aan Zee, explore the world behind art at Frans Hals Museum, and then stop by Melgers Wijn en Dranken. Here are some ideas for day two: get some fabulous bargains at Delft Pottery De Delftse Pauw and then examine the collection at Teylers Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Haarlem sightseeing planner.

Amsterdam to Haarlem is an approximately half hour train ride. You can also drive; or drive. April in Haarlem sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Haarlem

Museums Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Zandvoort aan Zee, Delft Pottery De Delftse Pauw
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Frans Hals Museum ©
Frans Hals Museum
Zandvoort aan Zee ©
Zandvoort aan Zee
Teylers Museum ©
Teylers Museum

16
nights
Amsterdam

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Head to De Negen Straatjes and Leidsepleinfor some retail therapy. Rijksmuseum and Rembrandt House Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Amsterdam's surroundings by going to De Hoge Veluwe National Park (in Hoenderloo), Bussloo (in Wilp) and Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden (in Sint Jansklooster). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, take a stroll through The Jordaan, look for gifts at The American Book Center, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Albert Cuyp Market.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam vacation planner.

Amsterdam is just a stone's throw from Haarlem. In April, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden, Bussloo, Hoge Veluwe National Park
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 16:
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Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

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