I know this can be quite confusing for my New Yorkers on the site but yes, there is a city in the Netherlands called Haarlem. And yes, the Harlem in New York is named after this wonderful and beautiful city.
Haarlem is one of the Netherlands most beautiful cities, located on the river Spaarne at no more than 20 kilometres from Amsterdam. It is a city that caught tourist eyes not very long ago and ever since then, has continued to attract visitors. One look around the city and one can easily tell why it is such a tourist magnet. Haarlem boasts a magnificent old centre with plenty of beautiful and monumental buildings. As the city was home to several first-class Dutch painters, including Frans Hals, there’s a lot of art to see. Summers are quite eventful and even if a tourist was only into shopping, there are shops scattered all over the city centre and are known to have some of the trendiest clothes. Haarlem’s city centre proudly boats of a colourful mix of large chain stores, speciality shops, boutiques and art galleries. A broad range of bars and restaurants makes the picture complete. In short, Haarlem is well worth a visit. And the wonderful thing is that it is only just a 15-minute train ride from Amsterdam central station.