What should we see and do during our stay in Haarlem, the Netherlands?
Cycling in Amsterdam a bit too busy for your liking? No worries! Most of our (set) tours depart from nearby city Haarlem.
Haarlem is just 15 minutes away from Amsterdam by train and our bike storage is just a 1 minute walk from the station.
Haarlem is called Amsterdam's little sister; the same history and beauty but not the crowds of tourists and exorbitant prices. Therefore many of our guests decide to stay in Haarlem when visiting Amsterdam before- or after their bike tour. In this item we will explain more about the things to see in Haarlem.
Frans Hals museum
In the early 17th century Haarlem painters such as Frans Hals set off exciting, artistic innovations. With this they unleashed the unparalleled flourishing of painting in the Golden Age. The Hof location was once a place where, in the Golden Age, old gentlemen enjoyed their golden years.
You can see the St.-Bavokerk from far away. Its wooden tower, covered with lead, reaches 78 meter into the sky. It is a late Gothic cross-basilica. Much of the furniture dates back to before the 16th-century. The Bavo Church has a richly decorated organ by Christian Müller
Het Dolhuys is housed in a unique medieval building. For years this offered shelter to 'fools', people who fell outside of society. Now, almost 700 years later, the Dolhuys is the museum of the mind. This museum aims to show how the line between sanity and madness can often be very thin.
In Teylers Museum you’ll discover the wonders of art and science. Since 1784 the museum has welcomed the public to view paintings, drawings, fossils, minerals, instruments and books. The museum’s interior itself, with the monumental Oval Room as jewel in the crown, is a beautiful must see.
Windmill de Adriaan
It is a wooden towered mill, built in 1778 on the foundations of an ancient defensive tower near the centre of the town. Owing to its scenic location on the Spaarne river and its great height.
Corrie ten Boom House
The Ten Boom Museum is a museum dedicated to The Hiding Place, the subject of a book by Corrie ten Boom. A large part of the house is furnished in such a way that it corresponds to what it looked like in the year 1940, at the time of the Second World War. Visiting guests can see the "Hiding Place", a narrow space behind a false wall in Corrie's bedroom.
Jopen has restored the age-old Haarlem brewing tradition. A former church in the lively center of Haarlem has been transformed into a modern city brewery. Between 1620 and 1640, there were no fewer than 52 breweries in Haarlem.
With 21 unique examples, Haarlem is truly a city of ‘hofjes’. Beautifully decorated facades with family arms show how rich benefactors had houses built for poor, single women and widows since the 14th century. The oldest hofje dates from 1395. You will find this "Hofje De Bakenesserkamer" on the Wijde Appelaarsteeg.
The golden Streets
Great street for strolling. The many independent shops here range from craft studios and concept stores to exclusive design and vintage shops.
De “Gouden Straatjes” are situated around Grote Markt, the central square in the middle of the city.