Haarlem is a middle sized city in the west of the Netherlands, a short stretch from Northsea and 20km from Amsterdam. It is the capital of the province North Holland and has about 150,000 inhabitants.
Like many other cities in the Netherlands, Haarlem enjoys centuries of history. Settlements have existed where it is located for over 1500 years ago, though Haarlem began to grow in acclaim around the start of the Middle Ages. Today, a stroll through the historical heart of town is a great way to soak in the rich heritage of the place. Head to the central Great Market and admire landmark buildings such as the Saint Bravo Church and the old town hall, which has been built, destroyed and rebuilt several times since the 14th century.
Almost the entire city centre is car-free, so shopping and enjoying some good food and drinks is possible in a relatively quiet way.
There are several good museum to enjoy in Haarlem:
In 2013, the Dutch throne was passed on to King Willem-Alexander and what used to be Koninginnedag (Queen's Day) will from 2014 become Koningsdag (King's Day). The date will be changed to the 27th of April, which is the king's birthday. In 2014 however it will be on the 26th of April because the 27th falls on a Sunday. On this day the streets of almost every sizable town in the country come alive with activity.
Haarlem is a 15-20 minute train ride away from both Amsterdam and the international airport of Schiphol. From the train station, you can walk to the central Great Market square in about 5-10 minutes.
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Internet cafés certainly are not ubiqutous to say the least. Although there are a few, it's best to go on the internet in your hotel, hostel or maybe in the nearest library, as they can be hard to find.
See also International Telephone Calls
The rate for sending a postcard or letter up to 20 grams within the Netherlands is €0.46 (2010). Since 2010 there are stamps available for domestic post which no longer include the value in €. Instead, there are stamps available with either a '1' or a '2' as a substitute for value. The '1' can be used for letters and postcards up to 20 grams, while 20-50 grams require you to use the '2'-valued stamps (or two '1'-valued stamps of course).
Sending items to other EU countries will cost €0.67, while the rest of the world sets you back €0.89 per piece. Stamps are sold at post offices and supermarkets; often the place where you buy your postcards can also supply you with stamps.
Sending parcels abroad is more costly. A standard-sized parcel between 500-2,000 grams will cost you €9.10 for destinations within the EU, and €17.50 to the rest of the world. Parcel service is available from major post offices only; standard-size boxes are on sale there as well.
If you need to receive mail while moving around, you can have it sent poste restante (to be called for) to a post office of your choice, where it will be kept for a month. If you come to claim it, bring a valid ID, and make sure to have told the sender that the name on the envelope must be an exact match with that in your passport. For addresses of post offices, as well as more information, consult the TNT website.
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