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Our most recommended Haarlem Activities

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.

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Haarlem: Off-The-Beaten Path Walking Tour

2. Haarlem: Off-The-Beaten Path Walking Tour

Escape the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam for the day and explore the charming city of Haarlem on this walking tour. Discover a windmill along the river, a grand cathedral, beautiful historical houses with classical facades, hidden courtyards, and narrow streets. Meet your guide right outside Haarlem Central Station and begin your walking tour. Learn more about the city's history as the home of 17th-century aristocrats and see how this is reflected in the lavish architecture of the city. Soak up the city's medieval character as you wander through cobble-stoned streets and narrow alleys. Admire hidden courtyards and pass by beautiful historical sights. As you walk, let yourself be entertained by your guide's interesting stories.

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From Amsterdam: Haarlem Private Day-Trip

3. 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 into cosy bars, fine cafes, and the unique stores that have given Haarlem a reputation as one of the world’s best shopping cities. Visit Molen de Adriaan, a traditional windmill and a striking feature of Haarlem’s skyline for centuries. See the monumental Grote Kerk, a Protestant church in the city center that’s home to a world-famous gilded organ and a treasure trove of medieval art. Join locals browsing stalls selling fresh produce, local cheeses, clothes, and antiques at Grote Markt, an authentic taste of the day-to-day life of Haarlem’s people, and admire the grand buildings lining even the quietest of streets. Of course, in a city famed for having the best museums in the Netherlands, it would be a crime not to explore them. The Frans Hals Museum is always an excellent choice. Your itinerary can be personalized according to your preferences. Once you’ve booked, someone from the local partner's team will be in touch so arrange any preferences or special requirements.

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

4. 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 in Bloemendaal aan Zee, or reflect at one of the 8 memorial stones erected in memory of the 422 people shot in the dunes by the Germans during World War 2. You can also book additional workshops like wine/beer tasting, beach activities like stand up paddling, surfing lessons, etc, book a private dinner or hotel in Amsterdam or Haarlem. Please ask about the possibilities.

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What people are saying about Haarlem

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!

Great fun learned a lot about the history of Haarlem both grandpa and grandma and the two grandchildren loved the leather

Best trip from the whole vacation!

Very nice bike route, good bikes, super friendly guide! Highly Recommended!

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