Haarlem

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  • Haarlem: 50-Minute Sightseeing Canal Cruise

    1. Haarlem: 50-Minute Sightseeing Canal Cruise

    Experience and discover the beautiful historic city center of Haarlem from a unique perspective as you cruise around the Old Town's canals on a 50-minute cruise. After meeting your professional skipper and boarding the boat in the city center, begin your journey of discover of Haarlem's unique architecture, picturesque buildings, and romantic canals. Once onboard, admire attractions such as the Molen de Adriaan, the Teylers hofje, Frans Hals Museum, and the Jopenkerk. Munch on complimentary snacks and drinks as you sail in the company of a crew with many years of experience on the water of Haarlem. The boat is heated for your comfort.

  • Amsterdam: Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket for 1-3 Days

    2. Amsterdam: Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket for 1-3 Days

    Travel easily in Amsterdam and the surrounding area by purchasing an Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket (ARTT).  You can use the ARTT for unlimited travel by train (2nd class) between any of the following stations in Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Region: Amsterdam Amstel, Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA, Amsterdam Central station, Amsterdam Holendrecht, Amsterdam Lelylaan, Amsterdam Muiderpoort, Amsterdam RAI, Amsterdam Sciencepark, Amsterdam Sloterdijk, Amsterdam Zuid, Duivendrecht, Schiphol Amsterdam Airport, Halfweg-Zwanenburg, Haarlem, Haarlem Spaarnwoude, Overveen, Zandvoort aan Zee, Zaandam, Zaandam Kogerveld, Purmerend Weidevenne, Purmerend, Purmerend Overwhere, Koog aan de Zaan, Zaandijk Zaanse Schans, Hoofddorp, Diemen, Weesp, Almere Poort, Almere Centrum, Almere Muziekwijk, Almere Parkwijk, Almere Buiten, Almere Oostvaarders, Lelystad Centrum, Diemen Zuid, Naarden-Bussum, Hilversum, Hilve...

    It is really a good option to travel in amsterdam and its region. The only bad aspect of it is that you can not active it online and you must go to the centers to active it. So online sale is a joking.

  • Haarlem: Interactive City Discovery Adventure

    3. Haarlem: Interactive City Discovery Adventure

    Your challenge starts at Grote Markt, in front of the church’s entrance. All the information you’ll need for your exciting adventure will be found in an email delivered to you before the game. You’ll then embark on a special mission of solving 12 unique riddles, each leading you from one hidden location to the next and unlocking local recommendations and fun facts about Haarlem's history along the way. Discover unique locations around town that even most locals don’t know about. See renowned landmarks from a different angle, literally. Find independent cheese and candle making shops, discover the cutest courtyards and learn about the city’s curious statues.

    Was too cold and windy to fully enjoy. It would have been a great time in the summer.

  • Haarlem Highlights Bike Tour

    4. Haarlem Highlights Bike Tour

    Join a 2-hour city highlights bicycle tour departing every weekend at 10:30 AM, 1:00 PM or 3:30 PM on Saturdays and 1:00 PM or 3:30 PM on Sundays.  Discover many great hidden places in Haarlem and learn stories about the city's rich history. Get tips on where to go, what to see and where to eat. Peddle past historical churches and famous windmills. Wind your way through the old city center and see the former city gate. Learn about Haarlem's hidden streets and secrets from your professional guide. 

  • From Hans Brinker to Frans Hals: Haarlem Walking Tour

    5. From Hans Brinker to Frans Hals: Haarlem Walking Tour

    Your morning or afternoon in Haarlem will start at your hotel in downtown Haarlem or if you travel to Haarlem from elsewhere at a meeting point near the train station. Set off in a relaxing pace to make sure you really get to see, feel and learn all about this town. Your private guide will show you the friendly houses of the Frans Hals Museum, once home to this famous Dutch painter of the golden age. Admire the amazing park Haarlemmerhout with its 18th Century erected neo classical pavilion. See the lively shopping streets and main square market. Wandering through the streets of Haarlem will take you back to the glory days of Haarlem in the 16th and 17th Century, but you will also encounter some great modern architecture built no more then a few years ago. Your visit to Haarlem is made complete with a visit to the famed Saint Bavo Church, whose construction started in the middle ages. ...

  • Haarlem: Food Tour

    6. Haarlem: Food Tour

    Find out why Haarlem was voted the Gastronomical Capital of the Netherlands 2019/2020 on this food tour. Enjoy the charming streets while sampling local flavors and learning something about the gastronomical history of the area. Stop in at a brewery nestled in an old converted church and try a beer recipe dating back to 1407. Connect with the history of a city that was home to 150 beer-brewers during the Middle Ages. Get to know local food experts, shopkeepers, and producers that offer you a chance to taste the city’s delicious cuisine. Dive into the history and stories that drive the culture of creative gastronomy today. You'll also be introduced to local chocolate makers, cheese-wizards, bakers, fish-fanatics, and beer-brewers, along with some lesser-known hidden gems that have been found over the years.

  • Amsterdam: Half-Day 30km Bike Tour of Bloemendaal Dunes

    7. Amsterdam: Half-Day 30km Bike Tour of Bloemendaal Dunes

    Escape the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam or Haarlem and enjoy a unique experience in the beautiful surroundings of Bloemendaal’s dunes. Enjoy the fresh sea air less than 25 minutes from Amsterdam. Suitable for all ages and levels of fitness, the bike tours are available as private or group options, all under the guidance of an experienced guide. You can also book a customized tour if you are a group of at least 4 persons. Cycle past historic buildings and estates to discover old ruins and villas. Stop to take a look at a working flour mill, and travel back in time at the authentic mill shop. Enjoy the landscape of the National Park of South Kennemerland, where 3,800 acres of dunes bloom with rare flora and fauna. Cycle through ancient forests to see large herbivores, such as Scottish Highland cattle and Konik horses. Look out over the sea while sipping a drink at the best beach club ...

  • From Amsterdam: Haarlem Private Day-Trip

    8. From Amsterdam: Haarlem Private Day-Trip

    Along with your friendly, local guide, enjoy an authentic Haarlem experience on a personalized tour. Explore this picturesque city’s history, culture, and fantastic food scene as you’re led down quaint streets (those off the well-trodden tourist trail) flanked by grand architecture. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Meet your host at Amsterdam Station (or directly in Haarlem) and begin to explore this university town, an enchanting hub of leafy courtyards, gabled houses, and monuments dating back almost 800 years. Walk along tranquil canals and explore Haarlem’s quaint cobbled streets, straight from the pages of a storybook, while marvelling at grand gothic-style churches and turning down the lesser-known streets and exploring hidden gems. Peer i...

  • Amsterdam: Day Trip to Delft, Leiden, The Hague, and Haarlem

    9. Amsterdam: Day Trip to Delft, Leiden, The Hague, and Haarlem

    Enjoy a full-day excursion to the picturesque cities of Delft, Leiden, The Hague, and Haarlem from Amsterdam. See historic architecture, visit the birthplace of Rembrandt, and discover some hidden gems with your guide. Have a comfortable trip from your accommodations in Amsterdam on your way to your first stop in Delft. Take a walking tour, passing canals, Medieval buildings, and churches. Learn about the history of William of Orange. Next, take in the mix of modern and old architecture in The Hague. See the impressive Houses of Parliament and walk the historic streets of this administrative capital. Visit Leiden; an extraordinarily beautiful hidden gem and birthplace of Rembrandt. Take in the fabulous Market Square and stroll the alleys and courtyards on your last stop in Haarlem.

  • From Amsterdam: Haarlem City Tour & Canal Cruise

    10. From Amsterdam: Haarlem City Tour & Canal Cruise

    Start your guided tour of Haarlem inconvenience and meet your driver/guide at your centrally located accommodation or transport terminal. After a short meet and greet you will drive to this beautiful, historic city untouched by mass tourism.  Enjoy a private walking tour through Haarlem and get to see many of the sights tourists don't get to see. On your walk, through Haarlem, you will see the great Gothic Church of Saint Bavo, one of the most beautiful market squares in the country, hidden courtyards and a wide array of shops. End your tour in convenience with your personal guide/driver taking you back to your accommodation at the end of a full day of adventure.

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What people are saying about Haarlem

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 17 reviews

Because we were in the first group of that day, we almost had a private trip (total 4 people), wonderful! Add to that the beautiful weather and the peace and quiet on the water (it was early, that's why) and you understand that it really was a 'zen moment'. In addition to the information via the wristband, the guide also gave all kinds of information and answered our questions. What a beautiful city Haarlem is with a long, interesting history. This boat trip is highly recommended, especially if you are unknown in the city like us.

The tour was great and Christine (guide) too !!!!

We can recommend this tour to everyone. This way you also get to places that you would probably not find on your own. It was a wonderful afternoon through the countryside and also a visit to the country house. Finally, a cool drink on the North Sea! Everything perfect!

It is really a good option to travel in amsterdam and its region. The only bad aspect of it is that you can not active it online and you must go to the centers to active it. So online sale is a joking.

Easily and quickly anywhere in the city. And also quickly to the sea ...

Excellent tour, and the guide spoke German, Dutch and English ...