Welcome to Free Walking Tour Haarlem!

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Meeting point: Grote Markt

Fridays at 15:00 (3pm)

Saturdays at 10:30am & 13:30 (1:30pm)

Join the next tour and discover Haarlem through the eyes of a local!

Welcome to the charming town of Haarlem, or ‘Little Amsterdam’ as it is endearingly called. The city center is virtually free from cars, which makes it perfect for a walking tour. Learn about the history of Holland’s most characteristic flower, the major artistic influence of painter Frans Hals and discover the hidden gems we like to visit ourselves. Join the next tour and experience the historic vibe of 17th century Haarlem.

Tours run every Friday at 15:00, every Saturday at 10:30 & at 13:30.

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During this 2 hour tour, we cover

Windmill ‘De Adriaan’

This piece of iconic Dutch architecture can’t be missed in Haarlem. Join the tour and discover all the different functions and uses of windmills.

Frans Hals

The famous painter from Haarlem, known for his loose brush style of painting. He helped introduce this lively style into Dutch art during the Golden Age.

Tulips! 

A natural symbol of this region, this colorful flower is intertwined with the history of the Dutch Golden Age. Join the Free Walking Tour Haarlem and learn about the connection between tulips and bitcoins, that you would never have thought of. 

Grote Markt

Explore Haarlem’s cultural hub and find out where the Haarlemmer goes to for their wining and dining. The statuesque historic buildings on this square just breathe history and Dutch ‘gezelligheid’.

Often overshadowed by its big, cosmopolitan brother, Haarlem is perhaps more authentically ‘Hollands’ than Amsterdam. This beautiful city boasts canals, windmills and 17th-century narrow houses with huge windows, but doesn’t suffer from the tourist masses. Drop by for a tour on your way to the beach, or stick around for the day visiting Haarlem’s stylish restaurants and pubs!

On our 2-hour tour, we tell you both about Haarlem’s history and about the city as it is today. We aim to give you a glimpse of Haarlem life in Holland’s Golden Age, when it became a bustling city with a thriving industrious economy and a vibrant cultural and artistic scene. Textile manufacturing, printed press and of course tulip production were amongst the most booming industries of this city. The waterways connected other Dutch trading cities to Haarlem’s canals, which are still a pretty and interesting sight today.

Join the next tour

Meeting point: Grote Markt

Fridays at 15:00 (3pm)

Saturdays at 10:30am & 13:30 (1:30pm)

Get to know our guides & read their personal recommendations

Find out who our dedicated guides are and why they want to share their love for the city with you. Discover where they like to eat, drink and hang out in the city!

MEET OUR GUIDES

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“What customers say about us”

Bernd Hildebrand
Bernd Hildebrand
October 17, 2021.
Very humorous and informative walking tour! Max was a perfect guide choosing the right composition of information and fun. Perfect English as well. Good job.
Madan A
Madan A
October 16, 2021.
Max was great 🙂 he grew up here and is really great !
Dirk Boterblom
Dirk Boterblom
September 22, 2021.
Super toffe mensen die met hun Hart werken , waar ik blij van wordt dat zij bestaan. HG Rijwieltrust en Bijnagratismarkt.
Marta Skowrońska
Marta Skowrońska
August 30, 2021.
Perfect tour around Haarlem with knowledgable and passionate Petra! Thank you for showing us the hidden corners of the most beautiful city in the Netherlands !
Anna Sh
Anna Sh
August 15, 2021.
A fun sunny day walk A very fun walking tour. Max is very knowledgeable, pleasant, welcoming and always willing to tell more and answer any questions you might have. We had a lovely time. Thank u Max ☺️
SA A
SA A
August 13, 2021.
Day time Haarlem tour Grt walking tour with Tim ,fantastic 2 hour walking tour through Haarlem with knowledgeable guide. Highly recommend it as a quick day time activity.Got lots of info about Haarlem . Tim u are amazing thxs to solve my lots of queries.
Milou v
Milou v
August 8, 2021.
Energetic & informatic saturday The tourgide was very enthousiastic And the tour was informatic in many different ways place to be for food, musea, history And culture.
Elena C
Elena C
July 25, 2021.
Great Haarlem tour with Max We really enjoyed our tour with Max. His enthusiasm et his knowledge about the city allowed us to better understand Haarlem history and it's role in Holland history. We really recommend it.
Beaudine d
Beaudine d
July 22, 2021.
Fun daytime activity Cool 2 hour walking tour through Haarlem with a friendly and knowledgeable guide. The tour takes you through the Haarlem city center and elaborates on the intriguing history of Haarlem. Highly recommend it as a quick daytime activity.
Carlos V. R.
Carlos V. R.
July 5, 2021.
Highly recommended The tour was very insightful, with useful tips and very captivating stories. Max was our tour guide and he's very talented, an excellent speaker and enthusiastic entertainer. Highly recommended!
Tanja M
Tanja M
July 3, 2021.
Great tour Easy going and friendly tour guide. After this tour I fell in love with beautiful Haarlem once again 😊
Rafic O
Rafic O
July 3, 2021.
Amazing tour with a fun local guide Max is a great guide! He has very good tips and the best attitude! We had a great time walking around Haarlem getting to know more about its history and traditions from a local! Super recommended!
pablowinkywink
pablowinkywink
September 9, 2020.
Brilliant Haarlem Walk Max is a really great, funny & informative guide who knew a lot about the history of beautiful Haarlem. It was a brilliant two hours and we look forward to going on their walking tours in other Dutch cities.