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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.

Haarlem: Dutch Windmill and Sightseeing Spaarne River Cruise

2. Haarlem: Dutch Windmill and Sightseeing Spaarne River Cruise

Explore the Spaarne river on a sightseeing cruise. Stay comfortable aboard ships that are semi-open in the summer and fully-heated and covered in the winter. Get carried away on the Spaarne river and see the city center and the Unicorn and Adriaan windmills from the water. Check in at the activity provider's office and board the river boat. Settle into your chair and have the option to purchase snacks and drinks as you sail along. Capture pictures of the 18th-century Adriaan windmill. Glide past the historic Waag weigh house. Take in views of the Teylers Museum of art, natural history, and science. Make your way past colorful houseboats and verdant parks as you go towards Heemstede. Go by the 17th-century Unicorn windmill before heading back to the starting point of your cruise.

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.

From Amsterdam: Haarlem Private Day-Trip

4. 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.

Haarlem: Windmill De Adriaan Guided Tour

5. Haarlem: Windmill De Adriaan Guided Tour

Molen de Adriaan is a working windmill including a museum. The museumpart shows you the development of various types of mills, such as polder mills, flour mills, oil mills and sawmills. The sawmills were instrumental for war and trade ships with which the VOC reached the globe. Molen de Adriaan started to function in 1778 as trasmolen (cement for Roman mortar), in 1802 it was sold to be used as tobacco snuff mill. In 1865 it was converted in to a double grainmill, with wind- and steam power. The introduction of electrical power meant the end of most Dutch windmills. In 1932 the Adriaan burnt down and it took 70 years before it was rebuilt as a wotking grain mill. The Adriaan is a landmark at the river Spaarne very near the centre of Haarlem. In the milling loft below the top you can see the millstones with which grain can be grounded into flour. The flour loft below the stone floor is where the flour is put into bags. Outside on the balcony you are close to the wings and can enjoy the beautiful view of Haarlem at 12 meters height. When a miller is in De Adriaan and with enough wind you will enjoy the turning wings. The span of the wings is 26 meters. Please be aware, that the tour is in English and Dutch. Other languages will be provided with a handout to learn while being on the tour. For safety reasons, you can only go upstairs accompanied by a tour guide.

Haarlem City, Canal Cruise & Windmill Visit - Day Tour

6. Haarlem City, Canal Cruise & Windmill Visit - Day Tour

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.

From Amsterdam: Rotterdam and Kinderdijk Private Day Trip

7. From Amsterdam: Rotterdam and Kinderdijk Private Day Trip

Start this tour with a pick-up from your hotel. From here, drive to the countryside of the Netherlands and explore Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must see when visiting the Netherlands. See the beautiful windmills, dykes and countryside and learn about the impressive way the Dutch deal with water. Join a 1-hour boat tour of Kinderdijk and explore the Dutch country side with your guide. You also get the option to have some free time to walk around by yourself. From there, you will drive to the beautiful Rotterdam, the second Dutch city you will visit on this tour. Discover how the destruction of World War II led to an intensive rebuilding process and to Rotterdam becoming one of the most daring examples of modern architecture in the Netherlands. First, you will explore the city center of Rotterdam, here you will find many architectural sights like the new Markthal, the famous Cube Houses, the Erasmus Bridge and the Town Hall of Rotterdam. When going inside the Martkhal, you are able to take a break to eat and drink something. After, the guide will drive you to a more historical part of Rotterdam called Delfshaven, this is one of the few parts of the city that wasn't destroyed by the bombing. After Delshaven, your guide will drive you to explore the port of Rotterdam. Rotterdam houses the biggest port in Europe and until 2004 it was the biggest port in the world. After your visit to Rotterdam, your guide will drive you back to your hotel or any other desired location in Amsterdam.

Holland Four City Charm Tour - Private Day Tour

8. Holland Four City Charm Tour - Private Day Tour

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.

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What people are saying about Haarlem

A nice city tour around the old town of Haarlem with commentary in Dutch, English and German. I found it good that getyourguide also has all the essential information in the app (of course the address of the meeting point, directions, telephone numbers, ...). That was very helpful.

Informative and interesting. You could hear everything even without headphones because some sights were spoken over loudspeakers in German, Dutch and English. Recommended, even if 50 minutes is almost too short in this beautiful city!

Friendly welcome and great tour. Explanations were in 3 languages for all on board. Relaxing and entertaining experience with some interesting facts about Haarlem. Highly recommend!

Great self guided tour. Got to see a lot of cool places in the city without the large groups of people you get in a normal tour. Highly recommend.

Everything worked fine. We were even able to take our little dog on board.