Free Walking Tour Haarlem 2019-12-23T14:00:56+00:00

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Meeting point: Grote Markt

First tour 29 Feb 



The charming town of Haarlem, or ‘Little Amsterdam’ as it is endearingly called. Join the Free Walking Tour Haarlem, to explore this historically significant city with a local!

During this free tour we explore this beautiful city, which historic center is virtually free of cars. Learn about the history of Holland’s most characteristic flower and the major artistic influence of painter Frans Hals. Find the hidden gems of Haarlem and what places we like to go ourselves.

Haarlem is a perfect for a walking tour as the centre is almost Free from cars. And you can really feel the history of 17th century Haarlem.

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One of my favorite Dutch cities, also known as little Amsterdam. Its proximity to the sea (where I like to kitesurf) and its lovely cafe & restaurant culture make Haarlem a really pleasant city to visit.

With Free Walking Tour Haarlem, we take a walk in the old part of town to explore its riches. It’s not a history class though, as we will also learn about the cool places to hang out and poke fun at crazy urban myths. The city is perfect for walking tours, because the city center is almost totally car-free and carefree!

Come and join us on the Free Walking Tour of Haarlem, where we tell you all you need to know about this great small city.


Since I was a little kid, I loved visiting Haarlem. The beautiful architecture catches your eye from the moment you arrive, with Haarlem Central train station. Or no, even before that. From within the train, you see the big old beautiful dome. My eyes grew big when my grandpa told me that it was a prison! The building had a different purpose now, for a very good reason… A lack of prisoners!

The Teyler’s museum and the Frans Hals museum are two must-dos for visitors who come for a day, but one of the best things about this city is the beautiful nature around. Riding my bike alongside the dunes and across the fields is the perfect way to make my head empty after a busy day of guiding. Definitely worth it, if you’re staying multiple days and are not afraid of potentially bad weather 😉


Haarlem is hands down my favorite city, not too far from the beach and not as big as Amsterdam! Being the perfectly located city to live in, I am happy to show you around my beloved town!

During the tour, I will explain why Haarlem never gave in to the Spanish, what historical event happened during a tulip auction in 1637 and where you can get the best beer around town.

Join me on the Free Walking Tour Haarlem and I will tell you why this city is the one I love the most in the world!

See you soon!

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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.


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 without the overwhelming tourist masses. As Haarlem is way smaller and cooler due to its closeness to the sea, it is a very compact and attractive city to explore. 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 the Haarlem’s history as well as the city 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 Dutch waterways connected other Dutch trading cities to Haarlem’s canals, which are still easy on the eyes today.

Join Free Walking Tour Haarlem and ask your local guide about the best places to hang out, which museums not to miss and its hidden hotspots. Book here and enjoy your walk!


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“What customers say about this company”

We have done a private tour in Haarlem, great guide nice tour. You realy get to know the city better when you explore it by foot! You see more a specially because it is all pretty small.

Would absolutely recommend to book a tour when you arrive in Haarlem.

Steve Houghton

Haarlem is a great smaller place and with the perfect for a walking tour. The city center is almost without cars so really relaxed to walk around.

The tour is great as everything is within walking distance! Strongly recomend to book a tour!

Famke Groenland

Little Amsterdam is what Haarlem is also called! I like it so much because of the hidden gems that are hidden every where. A guide for that is great, otherwise you won’t notice. I also like the story of the invention of the book writer!

Do this tour and let yourself be amazed by this wonderfull city Haarlem

Dennis Ansing