Despite the fact that Amsterdam, larger and more famous city dwarfs its neighbor (especially in the eyes of tourists), the history of Haarlem, located about 16 kilometers west of Amsterdam goes further into the past. The city's population is about 150 000 people, making it the capital of North-Holland. Taylor Museum, which exhibited a unique collection of works of art and fossils, is the oldest museum of the Netherlands. The magnificent Museum Frans Hals collected many works of the master and the other painters of Haarlem. And do not forget to visit the city's main square, the Grote Markt: it is worthy of your attention.