HERITAGE DAYS 2020 In Haarlem

Published on 7 September 2020

Heritage Days

Every year, in the second weekend of September, the Heritage Days are being organized.

In the Netherlands, more than 80 percent of the Dutch municipalities will open the doors of ancient monuments. Doors which are not always open to visitors.

Monuments in Haarlem

This is your chance to pay a free visit to the most extraordinary monuments in Haarlem.

Didn’t you have a chance yet to visit the Grote or Sint Bavokerk at the Grote Markt? Or the mill ‘De Adriaan’, Teylers Museum or the Cathedral amongst others? This your chance!

Which Haarlem Monuments open the doors?

On the website www.OpenMonumentendag.nl you can check which monuments in Haarlem open the doors.

Fill in Haarlem in the box ‘Plaatsnaam’ and click on the box ‘Tegelweergave’ to get the whole list.

Covid 19 measures

Keep in mind that you have to register in advance once you picked out a specific monument from the list.

You have to show a printed registration confirmaton or a registration on your cell phone at the door.

On certain spots also activities such as workshops or guided tours will be organized.

For those who rather avoid crowds, there is also a possibilty to do virtual tours.


Open Monumentendag – Heritage Days 2020

Saturday, September 12th & Sunday, September 13.









On May 4th, people in the Netherlands pay their respect to all victims who have died in wars or peacekeeping missions since the beginning of Worl War II by a 2-minute silence throughout the whole country.

This year a commemoration with the public is possible again.

National Commemoration

Every year at 7:50 p.m., the National Commemoration will take place on Amsterdam’s Dam Square.

King Alexander and Queen Maxima will walk through a veterans’ guard to lay a wreath on behalf of all citizens of The Netherlands. After this ceremony, there will be a 2-minute silence throughout the whole country.

Furthermore, public transport and road traffic will come to a standstill.



The main commemoration will start in the St. Bavo Church at the Grote Markt.

A silent march will start at the church, Riviervismarkt side, and ends at the Dreef. Here, victims of war will be commemorated by laying wreaths at the memorial of ‘Man in front of the firing squad.’

Commemorations will also take place on the Westergracht, Burgemeester Reinaldapark and Jan Gijzenbrug.

The full program can be found on this website.


Eerebegraafplaats Bloemendaal in Overveen

One of the many honorary cemeteries can be found in the Kennemer Dunes at the Zeeweg in Overveen.

This cemetery was consecrated on November 27th, 1945, by the reburial of Hannie Schaft, a famous Dutch Resistance fighter.

Three hundred seventy-two resistance fighters were re-buried at this cemetery.

Silent march to the memorial cemetery

From 6 p.m. to p.m 6:40 p.m. a memorial service will be held in the building of ‘Publieke Werken’ on the Brouwerskolkweg in Overveen
This service is open to relatives of the fallen and all who are interested.

6:40 p.m. set up of silent march right after the roundabout, corner Brouwerskolk – Zeeweg.

6:55 p.m. start of the silent march to the memorial cemetery

8 p.m. 2 minutes of silence

The silent march is a tribute to the fallen and thoughts about freedom and peace.

On May 4th, people can visit the cemetery between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. As of 7 p.m., the cemetery will be closed at 7 p.m.



Dutch flags will fly half-mast from 6 p.m. until sunset on government buildings. The same rule applies to citizens. For them, this rule is not a directive.

Broadcast on tv

NOS will broadcast the national commemoration ceremony live from 7:50 p.m. on NPO.