From Haarlem it is a 15-minute train ride from Amsterdam, and many residents commute to the country’s capital for work.
Haarlem is the capital of the province of North Holland and is situated at the northern edge of the Randstad, one of the most populated metropolitan areas in Europe.
Haarlem was granted city status or stadsrechten in 1245, although the first city walls were not built until 1270. The modern city encompasses the former municipality of Schoten as well as parts that previously belonged to Bloemendaal and Heemstede.
This beautiful postcard of Haarlem from summer 1957 goes to Bad Harzburg in Germany.
Owner of this postcard: Matias Roskos