Things to do in Haarlem

Our most recommended things to do in Haarlem

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.

Amsterdam: The I amsterdam City Card

3. Amsterdam: The I amsterdam City Card

Make the most of your time in Amsterdam with an I Amsterdam City Card, and enjoy free entrance to many of the city's top museums and attractions, including the Rijksmuseum, Hermitage Amsterdam, Moco Museum, and Rembrandt House Museum. The card also comes with discounted entry to other attractions, such as Heineken Experience, Madame Tussauds, and Amsterdam Dungeon. Valid for 24, 48, 72, 96, or 120 hours from first use, unlimited access to the city's public transportation system for the duration of your card allows you to get around quickly. You can also enjoy one free canal cruise from several canal cruise companies at many locations in Amsterdam. Complete listing offers included in the I Amsterdam City Card Free admission to the following museums/attractions: •Allard Pierson Museum Amsterdam •A'DAM Lookout •Amsterdam Museum •Amsterdam Pipe Museum •Amsterdam Tulip Museum •Architectuur Centrum Amsterdam •ARTIS Royal Zoo •ARTIS Micropia •ARTIS Groote Museum •Cobra Museum Amstelveen •Diamond Factories and the Diamond Museum •Do-It-Yourself Foodie Tour •Embassy of the Free Mind •EYE Filmmuseum •Foam - Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam •Fun Forest •Gassan Diamonds •Geelvinck Pianola Museum •Het Grachtenhuis - Museum of the Canals •Hermitage Amsterdam •Hermitage - Museum of the Mind •Hortus Botanicus - Botanical Garden •Huis Marseille - Museum for Photography •Jewish Cutural Quarter - Portugese Synagogue •Jewish Museum - Jewish Cultural Quarter •Luther Museum •Moco Museum •Molen van Sloten & Kuiperijmuseum •Multatuli Museum •Museum de Dageraad •Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder - Our Lord in the Attic •Museum Het Rembrandthuis - Rembrandt House Museum •Museum Het Schip - Amsterdam School Arts and Architecture •Museum Tot Zover - Funeral Museum •Museum Van Loon •Museum Willet-Holthuysen •De Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam •Outsider Art Museum – Hermitage •Oude Kerk •Rijksmuseum •Het Scheepvaartmuseum - The National Maritime Museum •Science Center NEMO •The Studio NEMO •Stadsarchief Amsterdam - City Archives •Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam •THIS IS HOLLAND •Tropenmuseum •Verzetsmuseum - Dutch Resistance Museum •Woonbootmuseum - Houseboat Museum Amsterdam Metropolitan Area In Haarlem: •Frans Hals Museum •Teylers Museum •Free Canal Cruise In Volendam/Marken: •Rederij Volendam Marken (ferry) •Volendams Museum In Enkhuizen: •Zuiderzee Museum In Zaanse Schans: •Zaans Museum & Verkade Experience •Kuiperij Tiemstra (Coopery) •Wevershuis- The Weaver’s House •Tsar Peter House, Zaandam •Mill Museum •Zaan Time Museum •De Bonte Hen (Oil Mill) •De Kat (Chalk Mill) •De Schoolmeester (Paper Mill) •Het Jonge Schaap (Sawmill) In Muiden: •Amsterdam Castle Muiderslot •Amsterdam Fortress Island Pampus In Naarden: •Amsterdam Fortress Museum Naarden-Vesting In Laren: •Singer Laren In Zaanse Schans: •Free Ferry from Amsterdam to Zaanse Schans Freebies: •De Drie Fleschjes - Free shot of genever (18+) •Holland Casino Amsterdam - Free entrance (18+) •Haarlem Tourist Office Free canal cruise in Amsterdam: •Blue Boat Company •Canal Company Canal Cruise •Gray Line The #1 Canal Cruise •Lovers Canal Cruises •Amsterdam Circle Line B.V. Free 24h Bike Rental 25% discount – Music & Stage •Bimhuis – Jazz •Boom Chicago - English improvisation comedy theatre •Het Concertgebouw - Classical music •Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ - Contemporary music & classical music •Nationale Opera & Ballet - Dutch National Opera & Ballet 25% discount - Attractions •The Amsterdam Dungeon •Amsterdam Harbour Cruise •Amsterdam Icebar XtraCold (18+) •Johan Cruijff ArenA Stadium Tours •Body Worlds •Dutch Cheese & Wine Cruise or Cocktail Cruise •Fabrique des Lumieres •Fashion for Good Museum Amsterdam •Heineken experience •House of Bols Cocktail & Genever Experience (18+) •Het Kattenkabinet - The Cat Cabinet •Madame Tussauds Amsterdam •Museum of Prostitution – Red Light Secrets •NXT Museum •Once Upon a Time •Our House •Rembrandts Amsterdam •STRAAT museum •Upside Down Amsterdam •25% discount - Transport & Rentals •Pedal boat •Bicycle rental & Bike Tours •Mokumboat.com – Rental boats to drive yourself 25% discount - Food & Drink •Bar Bitterbal •Blue Amsterdam •Dijkers Eten & Drinken •Pancakes Amsterdam •The Pancake Bakery •Restaurant de Hoop op d'Swarte Walvis •Restaurant-Café In de Waag •Restaurant Pasta e Basta •Restaurant Wagamama - Asian restaurant •Taverne de Visscer •Zuiderzee Museum

Haarlem: Interactive City Discovery Adventure

4. 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.

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

5. 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, Hilversum Mediapark, Hilversum Sportpark, Bloemendaal, Santpoort Zuid, Santpoort Noord, Driehuis, Uitgeest and Beverwijk. The ticket is also valid on all trams, buses, night buses, metros and ferries run by the Amsterdam Transport company GVB, EBS and Connexxion in Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Region including the Amsterdam Airport Express Bus 397 and N97 (operated by Connexxion). During Keukenhof Season this ticket is valid: From Amsterdam (Europaplein) to Keukenhof on bus route 852 operated by Arriva From Schiphol Airport to Keukenhof on bus route 858 operated by Arriva From Hoofddorp station to Keukenhof on bus route 859 operated by Arriva From Haarlem station to Keukenhof on bus route 50 operated by Connexxion

Haarlem: Teylers Museum Entry Ticket

6. Haarlem: Teylers Museum Entry Ticket

Follow in the footsteps of Napoleon, Einstein, and so many others with this admission ticket to the first museum in the Netherlands, The Teylers Museum. Walk through the stunning antique interiors and gain access to the temporary and permanent exhibitions of art and collectibles within. Exchange your admission ticket at the front office and enter a world dedicated to art and science. Be in awe of the preservation of the space as you stroll through one of the most beautiful 18th century interiors in the world. Visit the various exhibitions on display showcasing valuable artefacts of art, coins, metals, instruments, books, fossils, and minerals. Walk amongst work of the greats as you admire art created by names such as Michelangelo, Räfael, and various selections of work from the Hague School. Receive access to the Pieter Teyler House, an additional wing of the museum that is included in this admission ticket. Be in awe of some of the best-preserved historical interiors from the 18th-century Netherlands.

Haarlem: Windmill De Adriaan Guided Tour

7. 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: Escape Tour - Self-Guided Citygame

8. Haarlem: Escape Tour - Self-Guided Citygame

Go back in time to the year 1637 with the Escape Tour Haarlem. Frans Hals, the world famous painter, can no longer pay his debts at his favorite bar and had to get money quickly. For this, he hired a few thieves to steal his paintings from the rich so he could resell them. Clever, right? Of course, the police didn't think so and want to arrest him. So Frans must flee! There is only one way out, to find the secret exit of Haarlem. But how? Choose your starting time with your teammates, beginning at anytime day or night. Make your way across the city, checking off tasks to find all the clues you need to reach the secret passage. As you search for clues, marvel at the beautiful sights of the town. Walk past the Grote of St.-Bavokerk, wander through the lovely streets and keep an eye out for the many historic buildings in the city center. Work quickly, and you and your team could set the record for the fastest tour. Good luck!

From Amsterdam: Haarlem Private Day-Trip

9. 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.

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

10. 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

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 2,783 reviews

Great trip. Having the Amsterdam & Region Ticket made everything so much easier to get around the city and surrounding area. Didn't have to think about tickets or if I needed to get different trains or transport to get to places like Muiderslot Castle and Naarden. Even if I wasn't sure if I was on the right train or metro it was easy to get off and just go back, depending on train times. Amsterdam Centraal station and the other stations in amsterdam are very easy to get around and there are information desks around that can always point you in the right direction. There are a lot of tourist attractions and areas for shopping but also, if you go looking, places that are quieter and easy going with plenty of picture opportunities with canals, old buildings that lean and just general things that you might not see otherwise. Also people cycling will be something you will notice immediately and there are many places to rent bikes to get around the whole city without issue.

When I arrived AMS airport , I unable to find any machine to validate my ticket. I just wenr to the train ticket counter (5min walk at airport arrival hall ),showed them my QRcode and managed to get my physical tickets. ,Convenient and fuss free travel ticket for one full day .

We had the 72 hour card; if you visit at least 3-4 museums and also get a percentage in the gastronomy and diligently use the public ones, then it is definitely worth it. Great offer!! Definitely visit the A'dam Tower; is also free with Amsterdamcard.

Once we worked out how to use the pass it was great, especially as we were stopping outside of main Amsterdam. We used it on the trains, buses and the tram. We definitely got our money's worth.

This pass was amazing. From free entry to several well known attractions, free public transportation and then discounts galore. I would definitely get this pass again.