Nestled in the heart of the Netherlands, just a stone’s throw away from Amsterdam lies the picturesque city of Haarlem. With its cobblestone streets, historic architecture, and vibrant cultural scene, Haarlem sightseeing tours offer visitors a delightful blend of old-world charm and modern attractions.

Haarlem sightseeing tours

Whether you’re a history buff, an art enthusiast, or simply seeking a leisurely escape, Haarlem has something to captivate every traveler. Let’s explore some of the top things to do in this enchanting Dutch city.

Admire the Grote Kerk

Dominating the city’s skyline, the Grote Kerk (Great Church) is a towering masterpiece of Gothic architecture. Dating back to the 14th century, this majestic church features stunning stained glass windows, an intricately carved wooden pulpit, and the world’s largest mechanical organ. Visitors can climb the steps to the top of the tower for panoramic views of Haarlem and beyond. Every Saturday, there’s a Guided Tour that commences at 14:00. Additionally, from May 15th to October 1st, there’s an extra Guided Tour at 14:30. Each tour lasts approximately an hour. No reservations are necessary.

Wander Through Frans Hals Museum

Art aficionados shouldn’t miss the opportunity to visit the Frans Hals Museum, dedicated to the works of the renowned Dutch Golden Age painter, Frans Hals. Housed in a beautifully restored 17th-century building, the museum boasts an impressive collection of Hals’ masterpieces, as well as works by other Dutch Masters. Explore the galleries and immerse yourself in the rich artistic heritage of Haarlem.

Stroll Along the Grote Markt

The Grote Markt (Grand Market Square) serves as the vibrant heart of Haarlem, lined with charming cafes, bustling markets, and historic buildings. Take a stroll along the cobblestone streets, soak in the lively atmosphere, and marvel at the iconic Stadhuis (City Hall) with its ornate facade. Be sure to visit the weekly market, held every Saturday, where locals and visitors alike gather to shop for fresh produce, flowers, and artisanal goods.

Explore Teylers Museum

Step back in time at Teylers Museum, the oldest museum in the Netherlands, housed in a stunning neoclassical building. Founded in the late 18th century, the museum showcases an eclectic collection of art, natural history specimens, scientific instruments, and rare books. Highlights include the fascinating fossil and mineral collections, as well as temporary exhibitions exploring various facets of art and science.

Corrie ten Boom House

The Corrie ten Boom House in Haarlem is a poignant testament to courage and compassion. This historic home served as a hiding place for Jews during World War II, sheltering them from Nazi persecution. Today, visitors can explore the house and learn about the inspiring story of the ten Boom family’s resistance. Guided tours offer insights into their heroic acts and the enduring legacy of hope and resilience. A visit to the Corrie ten Boom House is a moving experience that honors the memory of those who risked everything to protect others. You can make a reservation online, due to growing popularity, they advise people to book month (3 or 4) in advance.

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Indulge in Dutch Delights

No visit to Haarlem would be complete without savoring some of the city’s culinary delights. From traditional Dutch pancakes and stroopwafels to artisanal cheeses and craft beers, Haarlem offers a feast for the senses. Wander through the charming streets and discover quaint cafes, cozy pubs, and Michelin-starred restaurants serving up delectable dishes inspired by local and international flavors.

Haarlem may be small in size, but it’s big on charm and character. Whether you’re drawn to its rich history, artistic heritage, or culinary delights, this enchanting Dutch city promises a memorable experience for every visitor. So get ready to wander its cobblestone streets, and immerse yourself in the timeless allure of Haarlem.

Wonderful Haarlem Sightseeing tours: Join a food tour

If you want to learn more about the city Haarlem, join us on one our Vegan Street Food Tour or our Haarlem Street Food Tour. During these 3-hour tours you will munch your way through the city, enjoying local bites and beers! (non-alcoholic options available) and listen to stories from our local guides.

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