Haarlem has a long and interesting history which befits a city which
has already celebrated its 750th aniversary.
Haarlem has been the setting for many colourful and dramatic historical events not least of which the Spanish occupation in 1572. More recently, the German occupation formed the backdrop for some of the most gripping and heroic stories of Holland in WW2.
This section contains information pages and articles on the history of Haarlem, starting with an overview and a complete chronology.