Only about 20 minutes away by train, the town of Haarlem is older than Amsterdam, established in 1245 on the river Spaarne. It has beautiful medieval and Gothic buildings and a lovely, almost traffic free center to wander around. The Grote Markt is the huge market square in the center of town, surrounded by important civic buildings including the Town Hall and the nineteenth century Sint-Bavo Cathedral, the main Catholic church for the Haarlem-Amsterdam area.
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