Things to do in

Our most recommended things to do in Haarlem

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

1. 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

Amsterdam: City Card with Free Entrance & Public Transport

2. Amsterdam: City Card with Free Entrance & Public Transport

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, H'ART Museum, Moco Museum, and Rembrandt House Museum. Benefit from discounted entry to other attractions, such as Heineken Experience, Johan Cruijff Arena, 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. Enjoy one free canal cruise from several canal cruise companies at many locations in Amsterdam and 24-hour free bicycle rental. Complete listing offers included in the I amsterdam City Card Free admission to the following museums/attractions (timeslot booking may be required): • Allard Pierson Museum Amsterdam • Amsterdam Museum • Amsterdam Pipe Museum • Amsterdam Tulip Museum • Architectuur Centrum Amsterdam • ARTIS Royal Zoo • ARTIS Micropia • ARTIS Groote Museum • Cobra Museum Amstelveen • Diamond Museum • Self guided Foodie Tours • Embassy of the Free Mind • EYE Filmmuseum • Fashion for Good • Foam - Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam • Fun Forest • Gassan Diamonds • Geelvinck Pianola Museum • Grachtenmuseum - Museum of the Canals • H'ART Amsterdam • Hortus Botanicus - Botanical Garden • Huis Marseille - Museum for Photography • Jewish Cultural Quarter - Portuguese Synagogue • Jewish Museum - Jewish Cultural Quarter • Luther Museum • Moco Museum • Molen van Sloten & Kuiperijmuseum • Museum de Dageraad • Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder • Museum Het Rembrandthuis • Museum Het Schip • Museum Tot Zover • Museum Van Loon • Museum Willet-Holthuysen • De Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam • Outsider Art Museum • 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 In Haarlem: • Frans Hals Museum • Teylers Museum • Verwey Museum In Volendam/Marken: • Rederij Volendam Marken (ferry) • Volendams Museum In Enkhuizen: • Zuiderzee Museum In Zaanse Schans e.g.: • Zaans Museum & Verkade Experience • Kuiperij Tiemstra (Coopery) • Wevershuis- The Weaver’s House • Mills 25% Discount: Music & Stage • Bimhuis – Jazz • Boom Chicago - English improvisation comedy theatre • Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ - Contemporary music & classical music • Nationale Opera & Ballet - Dutch National Opera & Ballet 25% Discount Attractions e.g. • The Amsterdam Dungeon • Johan Cruijff ArenA Stadium Tours • Fabrique des Lumieres • Heineken experience • House of Bols Cocktail & Genever Experience (18+) • NXT Museum • Our House • Rembrandts Amsterdam • STRAAT museum 25% discount at Transport & Rentals

Amsterdam: Anne Frank Walking Tour

3. Amsterdam: Anne Frank Walking Tour

Take an immersive and deeply moving journey of one of history's most poignant stories on this Anne Frank Walking Tour. Begin your tour by meandering through Amsterdam's picturesque streets as a knowledgeable guide shares insights into the Frank family's life and the escalating dangers they faced. See lesser-known sites related to the Holocaust and the resistance in Amsterdam, illustrating the broader context of the Jewish experience during the war. End the tour outside the Anne Frank House, the secret annex where Anne and her family hid for more than two years. Throughout the tour, listen to themes of tolerance, abuse of human rights, and the importance of historical memory. Hear an impactful exploration of a young girl's courage and a lasting reminder of the need for empathy and understanding in our world.

Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum & Frans Hals Exhibition Combo Ticket

4. Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum & Frans Hals Exhibition Combo Ticket

Discover the works of Frans Hals at a special exhibition at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and see firsthand why his distinctive, freewheeling style of painting became so influential. View a selection of around 50 key works from the artist's oeuvre, including paintings from the museum's own collection and a number of special loans. Paintings on loan include The Laughing Cavalier from the Wallace Collection in London – a work that normally never travels – as well as Catharina Hooft with her Nurse and Malle Babbe on loan from the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin. Other pieces on loan include Family Group in a Landscape, Fruit and Vegetable Seller (on loan from a private collection), and the group portrait The Banquet of the Officers of the St George Civic Guard from 1616, which will be seen outside the city of Haarlem for the first time. Explore the retrospective exhibition, which centers on Hals' freewheeling, lively style – a style that won him praise as well as a reputation as a forerunner of impressionism. Watch him grow as an artist as you view his work. Painting by painting, see the artist begin to break with convention and gain in confidence as he finds his own inimitable way. The exhibition at the Rijksmuseum also provides insight into the times in which Hals lived and the values and traditions of the age. Leave your visit with a deeper understanding of Frans Hals, his paintings, and why he was celebrated, admired and sometimes despised for his rough-and-ready style. Your combo ticket also gives you access to the Rijksmuseum's permanent collection, which you can explore at your leisure after visiting the Frans Hals exhibition.

Haarlem: Sightseeing Canal Cruise through the City Center

5. Haarlem: Sightseeing Canal Cruise through the City Center

Explore and uncover the enchanting historic city center of Haarlem from a distinctive vantage point during a 50-minute canal cruise through the old town. Embark on your journey after meeting your skilled skipper and boarding the boat in the city center. Immerse yourself in the discovery of Haarlem's unique architecture, charming buildings, and idyllic canals. While on board, take in the sights of landmarks such as windmill "de Adriaan", Teylers court, Frans Hals Museum, and the Jopen church. Sail with a crew boasting extensive experience navigating the waters of Haarlem. The boat is equipped with heating for your utmost comfort during the cruise.

Haarlem: Sightseeing Boat Tour with Snacks and Drinks

6. Haarlem: Sightseeing Boat Tour with Snacks and Drinks

⛵ Stap aan boord van de XXX10 naast het Teyler Museum voor een onvergetelijke tocht door de grachten van Haarlem! Onze gezellige antieke sloep uit 1954 biedt comfort, zelfs bij regen 🌧️, dankzij onze overdekte boten. 🥂 Geniet van gekoelde drankjes, lekkere snacks en heerlijke kazen terwijl je langs iconische bezienswaardigheden zoals Molen de Adriaan en het Teyler Museum vaart. 📜 Ontdek de geschiedenis en cultuur van Haarlem met interessante verhalen van onze ervaren bemanning. 🛥️ Na een ontspannende en informatieve tour laten we je weer veilig achter bij het Teyler Museum, met prachtige herinneringen aan een betoverende reis door de grachten! ⛵ Step aboard the XXX10 next to the Teyler Museum for an unforgettable journey through the canals of Haarlem! Our cozy antique sloop from 1954 offers comfort, even in the rain 🌧️, thanks to our covered boats. 🥂 Enjoy chilled drinks, tasty snacks, and delicious cheeses as you cruise past iconic landmarks like Molen de Adriaan and the Teyler Museum. 📜 Discover the history and culture of Haarlem with intriguing stories from our experienced crew. 🛥️ After a relaxing and informative tour, we'll safely drop you back at the Teyler Museum, leaving you with wonderful memories of a magical canal adventure!

Haarlem: Tour inside Windmill De Adriaan + view of the city

7. Haarlem: Tour inside Windmill De Adriaan + view of the city

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 invention of the sawmill in 1600 made building thousands of ships possible with which the VOC traded with the whole world. Molen de Adriaan started to function in 1778 as trasmolen (cement for Roman mortar), during Napoleontic occupation in 1802 it was sold to be used as tobacco snuff mill. In 1865 it was converted in to a 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 working wheat 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 wheat 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 sails. 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 read while being on the tour. For safety reasons, you can only go upstairs accompanied by a tour guide.

Haarlem: Dutch Windmill & Spaarne River Sightseeing Cruise

8. Haarlem: Dutch Windmill & Spaarne River Sightseeing Cruise

Immerse yourself in the lesser-explored beauty of the city of Haarlem with our enchanting Mill to Mill boat trip. Sail along the serene Spaarne river. This experience is tailored for those seeking to delve deeper into Haarlem's captivating essence beyond its bustling city centre. Picture yourself leisurely cruising past iconic landmarks like the historic Mill the Adriaan, the impressive Weighing House, and the culturally rich Teylers Museum. Our experienced crew, seasoned in navigating Haarlem's waterways for years, guides this memorable excursion. Suitable for all ages, our cruise invites both adults and children to marvel at the captivating sights and immerse themselves in Haarlem's rich history.

Haarlem: Teylers Museum Entry Ticket

9. 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. 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. Teylers Museum will be in a summer festival spirit, from 8 July to 3 September 2023. Take our highlights tour and discover within 30 minutes all there is to know about the oldest museum in the Netherlands, join in with one of the many activities or lean back at the lemonade bar in the museum café: with Enjoy the Summer at Teylers, there is something to do for everyone. For more information see website

Haarlem: Frans Hals Museum Entrance Ticket with Audio Guide

10. Haarlem: Frans Hals Museum Entrance Ticket with Audio Guide

Enjoy a combination entry ticket to the HOF Museum and the Frans Hals Museum. The locations are 7 minutes away from each other in the historical center of Haarlem. Experience the collection’s stimulating mix of old masters, modern, and contemporary art. Show your ticket at the door and explore the Frans Hals Museum, a place where old and new connect in a way that challenges visitors to take a fresh look. Take in highlights like the six Civic Guard paintings by Frans Hals himself. Go for a short 7-minute stroll to the museum’s HOF location which features the world’s largest collection of paintings by Frans Hals, alongside old masters and modern art. On view now in Frans Hals Museum HOF: are the exhibits 'Haarlem Heroes,' 'Other Masters'(permanent collection show), and from 30 September 2022, 'Newcomers.'

All activities

56 activities found
Sort by:

Frequently asked questions about Haarlem

What top attractions are a must-see in Haarlem?

Other Sightseeing Options in Haarlem

Want to discover all there is to do in Haarlem? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Haarlem

Overall rating

(3,248 reviews)

What an adventure Amsterdam, Keukenhof amd The Hague!!! Highly recommend to buy the Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket. Great value for money. Hassle free trying to buy tickets at the kiosk or machine. Saved a lot of time and money using this ticket.

We went to the Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk, Nemo, Artis Zoo, Cat's Cabinet, Heineken Experience and the Ajax Museum. We didn't make it on time for the cruise, but that's okay. Plus free transport. We are very pleased, we recommend purchasing

The guide was very knowledgeable. Showed us the sites around Amsterdam that pertained to the German occupation. Very interesting

One of the days was the Kings day, so we only get to enjoy one day as in the other one every thing was closed.

If the ticket machines are not working, ask at the domestic ticket office