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Haarlem’s history dates back to pre-medieval times, however, it was on November 23, 1245, that Count Willem II granted Haarlem city status ().

In 1270, a defensive wall was built around the city to keep it safe from sieges from the surrounding area of Kennemerland.

It has been the centre of the tulip bulb-growing district for centuries, for which it bears the nickname (flower city).

This charming city embodies the Dutch word “gezellig”, with its many canals, restaurants with terraces, quirky boutique shops, windmills and medieval architecture.

Constructed in the 1500’s after the destruction of the previous wooden building, the Grote kerk has stood ever since as an imposing structure in the heart of Haarlem.

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