RE: Haarlem for six weeks in January/February....tips :-)
1) Amsterdam is obvious indeed (just 20 minutes by train). There are so much more Dutch cities to visit (Alkmaar, Utrecht, The Hague, Rotterdam, Leiden, Delf, Maastricht etc..). ATLC has a great Netherlands page with loads of ideas.
There are easy train connections abroad as well, so you can consider Antwerp, Brussels, Paris, Cologne, Berlin (to name a few cities).
London is a possibility too; you have to see if you fly or take a train (maybe ferry).
A cheap altenative (but slower) are Eurolines busses.
If you want to have fun organize a VT-meeting.
2) For Haarlem events see: haarlem.nl/smartsite26048.ht...
For Amsterdam (and other cities) see: http://www.aub.nl/
For some concerts tickets are sold via the post office and GWK bank offices (like ticket master).
3) A ticket for a soccer match can be bought best locally. In the major league there's a whole system around (like ticketmaster again) and most of the tickets are exclusive to the registrated club supporters. Better inform locally.
Have a great time; explore some of our Dutch pages.
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