If you are in the Netherlands you really should visit Haarlem for 1 or 2 days. It is close to Amsterdam, it is less touristy and has a beautiful historic downtown with plenty of interesting sights. And for the foodies among us: it was the most gastronomic city in the Netherlands in 2019. I provide a list of options that you can add to your own Haarlem itinerary.
It can be very confusing; do we call that small country Holland or the Netherlands? Why does it have these 2 names? And which one is actually correct? In this article I will answer these questions. More than once when I am abroad, I was asked where I am from. When I answer with “The Netherlands”, the following question is: “You mean Holland?” it is similar to calling a Scotsman an Englishman, it can be a sensitive issue.