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Roundtrip boat ride

What's not included

Food and drinks
  • Get a more intimate experience of Haarlem with explanations from a live guide, as well as an audio guide in several languages
  • Learn the history of Haarlem, including fun facts about its river and canals - why are they star-shaped? Find out!
  • In good weather, get better photos from an open boat

Historic Haarlem is a wonder to behold on foot, but from the waters of the river Spaarne it's pure magic. Board a special cruise boat and let your local skipper guide you through the city's history. See bridges, windmills, charming townhouses and - in nice weather - an open boat.

On this 50-minute mini cruise, departing from the Boothuys opposite the famous Teylers Museum, you'll glide through tree-lined canals with an experienced skipper, who'll share his expertise on all of Haarlem's quirks and old-city charms.

See windmills, bridges and towering townhouses while you learn about the modern-day use of canals that were dug in the Middle Ages, originally intended to protect the city from its enemies. Curious as to why Haarlem's canals are patterned in a star shape? Your skipper has the scoop!

When the weather's nice the boat will be completely open, allowing for even better photos!

Scan your smartphone ticket at the boat.

Getting There

  • Trains from Amsterdam Centraal or Amsterdam Sloterdijk to Haarlem station
  • Buses: line 80 from Elandsgracht bus station
  • Changes are possible for this ticket

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