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Haarlem is a city and a municipality located in the northern edge of the Randstad. It is one of the most populated cities in Europe with around 153,123 residents at the end of 2012. Haarlem is the capital of North Holland. This city is situated along the river Spaarne. There are two things that Haarlem is famous for above all other great things about it: beer and tulips.
The city has a rich history dating back to the pre-medieval times. Now it still has historical structures and buildings intact and most government-owned buildings are national heritage sites. You can tell just by walking into Haarlem that it was once a glorious and beautiful city as evidenced by rich building facades, gardens, museums, parks and other cultural venues.
Haarlem is a great place to live and secure a career simply because of the following reasons. First its rich history is a perfect influence for a well-rounded family. Aside from notable historical buildings and structures there are museums like the Teylers Museum one of the oldest museums in the Netherlands where you can find works of Michelangelo and Rembrandt and the Frans Hals Museum of fine arts where you can view paintings of Dutch masters. The De Hallen is a gallery filled with modern and contemporary art and the Archaeologisch Museum Haarlem located at the Grote Markt in the cellar of the Vleeshal. Haarlem also has cultural centers, film centers and theatres like the Philharmonie which is a concert hall located in the center of Haarlem near the Grote Markt, the Toneelschuur theatre, and The Stadsschouwburg. You may also find the Patronaat a perfect venue for pop concerts and is near night spots.
Some of the most popular festivals in the historic and busy city of Haarlem are the flower parades in April, the Haarlem Jazzstad, the Haarlem Culinair and a comic book convention called the Haarlemse Stripdagen or Haarlem comic days which is a biannual event. You will also enjoy the Bevrijdingspop a music festival to commemorate the liberation of Dutch from Nazi rule. Another music festival is the Haarlemmerhoutfestival which is also a music and theatre event.
Local beer brewing is a very important industry in the city and it dates back to the 15th century. In the 750th anniversary of the city, local beer brewing enthusiasts have recreated the actual Haarlem brew and called the beer Jopenbier or Jopen which is also a name for a type of barrel used for beer brewing. So living in Haarlem is a perfect way to savor the popular local brew anytime you wish. Another popular industry is tulip growing which started in the 1630s and is still done today. The industry became exceedingly popular around the world to this day. Tulips are grown in beautiful areas near canals. You can also find bulb fields extending from Haarlem to Leiden during springtime.
Transportation is easy in busy Haarlem. There are two railway stations serving the city. There are bus lines and bike paths in the city to promote green living.
You can find long term apartments in Haarlem no matter if you live alone or you have your family with you. There are studio type apartments, unfurnished or furnished units and even large apartments fit for a family with kids. It does not matter if you are on a tight budget, there are apartments that are reasonably-priced in the city located near commercial districts, recreational facilities and different transportation hubs.
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