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Haarlem

The New York Times called Haarlem ‘a classic Dutch city with a village feel’, and it’s true - the magnificent, historic centre breathes the atmosphere of the Golden Age while maintaining a village feel. The city was home to the famous painter Frans Hals and the Müller organ once played by Mozart, as well as breweries, almshouses, a rich culinary life and special shopping streets. Haarlem has been proclaimed the best shopping city in the Netherlands three times, offering the greatest variety. 

 

Below you will find just some of the wonderful attractions and activities Haarlem has to offer.

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Haarlem is shaped by its central location, close to Amsterdam (17 km), Schiphol (12 km), beach and dunes (10 km), IJmuiden (15 km), Keukenhof (25 km) and Zaanse Schans (30 km). This makes it a great turnaround port and base for before or after a cruise. Haarlem is a surprising new destination with all the ingredients for a real Dutch experience. Ask for our special Haarlem brochure or make an appointment for a personal visit.

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Attractions

Boat tours in Haarlem

Boat tours in Haarlem

Discover Haarlem at its most beautiful from the water. Join a canal cruise, hire a boat or enjoy a boat tour package. The Haarlem canals, pavement cafés along the water and the views of the stunning monuments make your boat tour a truly special experience.

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Spaarndamseweg 386, Haarlem, Nederland

Distance from harbor

Hop-on hop-off option from river cruise quay

Smidtje canal cruise Haarlem

Smidtje canal cruise Haarlem

Discover the beautiful historic city center of Haarlem from the water! On board one of our ships you can enjoy many beautiful sights such as the Molen de Adriaan, the Teylers hofje and the Basilica St. Bavo.
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Spaarne 11A, Haarlem, Nederland

Distance from harbor

500m, 10 min

Het Dolhuys

Het Dolhuys

Het Dolhuys, the Dutch national museum of the mind, aims to show how thin the line between sanity and insanity can be. The museum also gives an overview of how ‘madness’ was treated throughout the centuries. Before, during or after your visit, why not pop in to museum café ‘Thuys’ for a cup of organic coffee or a delicious Thuys home-made lunch with local ingredients?

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Schotersingel 2, Haarlem, Nederland

Accessability: wheelchair accessible

Distance from harbor

2 km, 5 min

Monday: closed Tuesday to Friday: 10:00 to 17:00 Saturday to Sunday: 12:00 to 17:00

The Gouden Straatjes

The Gouden Straatjes

Haarlem has been voted the best shopping city of the Netherlands several times now. And it’s easy to see why. The Gouden Straatjes, or Golden Streets, are a shopper’s delight with plenty of surprising boutiques, trendy concept stores and relaxed interior design shops.

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Grote Markt 2, 2011 RD Haarlem, Nederland

Distance from harbor

3 km, 10 min

3 km, 10 min

By public transport approximate 25 minutes

The Haarlemse Hofjes

The Haarlemse Hofjes

Haarlem has twenty-one public hofjes, courtyards with almshouses. The oldest, Hofje van Bakenes dates from 1395. In the past, these hofjes, provided accommodation to poor, or unmarried, women and widows. Many of these small urban oases have disappeared over the years, but there have also been a few new additions, such as the Johan Enschedéhofje, built in 2007 to a design by Joost Swarte and Henk Döll. 

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Wijde Appelaarsteeg 11f, 2011 HB Haarlem, Nederland

Distance from harbor

3 km, 10 min

Monday to Friday: 10.00 to 17.00 Saturday: times differ per hofje Sundays and public holidays: closed

Corrie ten Boomhuis

Corrie ten Boomhuis

Take a look around the ‘hiding place’ of the Ten Boom family, where they offered shelter to Jews and members of the Dutch resistance during World War II. The family was betrayed in 1944 and arrested and Corrie was the only person to survive. The house, still partly decorated in the original 1940s style, is now a museum.

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Barteljorisstraat 19, Haarlem, Nederland

Distance from harbor

3 km, 10 min

Museum visits are by guided tours only. Advance booking is available via the website.

Molen De Adriaan

Molen De Adriaan

Molen De Adriaan was opened in 1779 and is famous for its picturesque setting on the river Spaarne. Businessman Adriaan de Boois crushed tuff stone to trass here for many years. The mill went on to have several other purposes and owners. For instance, tobacco leaves were ground up into snuff here and the mill was later rebuilt into a wind and steam flour mill.

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Papentorenvest 1A, Haarlem, Nederland

Maximum amount of visitors: no limmit

Distance from harbor

2.5 km, 5 min

Frans Hals Museum

Frans Hals Museum

The Frans Hals Museum is one museum spread across two locations, with two very different collections. Its internationally renowned collection of 17th century art is displayed at the ‘Hof’ in Groot Heiligland and includes works by Frans Hals, one of the most important Dutch masters. At the ‘Hal’ in Grote Markt, you can find works by contemporary artists of the 20th and 21st century.  

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Groot Heiligland 62, Haarlem, Nederland

Maximum amount of visitors: unknown

Distance from harbor

3 km, 40 min

4 km, 12 min

4 km, 12 min

Teylers Museum

Teylers Museum

Teylers Museum is the first and oldest museum in the Netherlands (1784). It was founded from the estate of wealthy cloth merchant and silk manufacturer Pieter Teyler van der Hulst. The interior of the museum alone, with the monumental Oval Room as the pièce de résistance, is a definite must-see. Walking through Teylers Museum is like going on a voyage of discovery through time. The tour takes you past minerals and fossils, drawings and paintings, but also scientific instruments, coins and medals.

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Spaarne 16, Haarlem, Nederland

Accessability: The museum is wheelchair accessible.

Distance from harbor

3 km, 15 min

Open Tuesday to Sunday

Grote Markt and Grote of St.-Bavokerk

Grote Markt and Grote of St.-Bavokerk

An imposing square, Grote Markt forms the heart of the historic centre of Haarlem, surrounded by famous buildings such as the town hall and Vleeshal, a former covered meat market hall. Weekly markets are held in this square every Monday and Saturday. A must-visit is the Grote of St.-Bavokerk, a 14th century Gothic cruciform church.

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Grote Markt 22, Haarlem, Nederland

Maximum amount of visitors: no limmit

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Distance from harbor

3 km, 10 min

Monday to Saturday incl.: 10.00 to 17.00 In July and August, also open on Sunday from 12.00 to 16.00

Jopenkerk

Jopenkerk

Jopenkerk is a former church that has been transformed into a brewery, grand café and pub. Jopen beers are brewed according to a local medieval recipe. You can watch the brewing process while enjoying your drink or dinner, which makes every visit a real experience.

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Gedempte Voldersgracht 2, Haarlem, Nederland

Accessability: the church is wheehchair accessible

Distance from harbor

3.5 km, 15 min

National Park Zuid Kennemerland

National Park Zuid Kennemerland

National Park Zuid-Kennemerland stretches from Zandvoort to IJmuiden. The ever-surprising dune landscape, extending from country estates on the edge of the park, via rugged dunes to the North Sea beach, is the habitat of numerous special animals and plants.

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Zeeweg 12, Overveen, Nederland

Distance from harbor

5 km, 20 min

Open from Sunrise to sunset

Cruquius Museum

Cruquius Museum

Largest steam engine in the world
The Cruquius houses the worlds’ largest steam engine: its main cylinder has a diameter of 3.66 metres! The engine could drain up to 320,000 litres of water per minute, that’s one Olympic swimming pool every 8 minutes. The engine room, unchanged since 1849, is a marvel of Victorian engineering.

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Cruquiusdijk 27, Cruquius, Nederland

Accessability: Opening hours: 1 November to 31 March Monday to Friday: 13.00 to 17.00 Saturday and Sunday: 11.00 to 17.00 1 April to 31 October Monday to Friday: 10.00 to 17.00 Saturday and Sunday: 11.00 to 17.00

Distance from harbor

7.3 km, 26 min

7,6 km, 20 min

Beach Bloemendaal aan Zee/Zandvoort aan Zee

Beach Bloemendaal aan Zee/Zandvoort aan Zee

Bloemendaal and Zandvoort are great places to visit all year round. Blow away the cobwebs on the beach, walk through the dunes or recharge at one of the beach pavilions with a cup of coffee. Wonderful in the autumn and winter months too.

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Jan Steenstraat 2041, Zandvoort, Nederland

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Distance from harbor

10 km, 20 min

Bloemendaal aan Zee: 9 km Zandvoort aan Zee: 11 km

Schiphol

Schiphol

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, the primary international airport in the Netherlands, is located about 20 kilometers from Amsterdam. Ninety airlines fly to and from Schiphol and have offices at the airport or in Amsterdam. It handles over 48 million passengers a year traveling to 260 destinations worldwide. Schiphol is Europe’s fifth largest passenger airport. You can […]
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Schiphol Boulevard, Schiphol, Nederland

Distance from harbor

25 km, 20-40 min

25 km, 25 min

17 min by train from Amsterdam central station

Keukenhof

Keukenhof

The most beautiful spring garden in the world. Keukenhof is the perfect place to enjoy millions of flowering tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and other bulb flowers
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Stationsweg 166a, Lisse, Nederland

Accessability: Our park offers excellent access for (electric) wheelchairs and has plenty of disabled toilet facilities.

Distance from harbor

50 km, 45 min

Coach Parking Coaches can be parked for free in the carpark adjacent to the main entrance.

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