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Haarlem Canal Cruise

Get the best views of the historic city center of Haarlem from the water

Duration: 50mins
Audio guide: Dutch, English, French, German, Spanish
Live guide: Dutch, English, French, German, Spanish
Provider: Smidtje Canal Cruises
Registered address: Spaarne 11A, 2011 CC, Haarlem, NL
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What's included

50-minute roundtrip boat ride
Heating
Coloring for kids
Personal and guiding skipper

What's not included

Food and drinks

Important information

If it's sunny and nice weather out, you'll be on an open boat. Small children may be asked to wear a lifejacket.

Meeting point & instructions

Scan your smartphone ticket at the boat.

  • Get a more intimate experience of Haarlem with explanations from your friendly skipper, as well as an audio guide in several languages
  • Discover the beauty Haarlem has to offer from a unique perspective – set sail and glide through the historic city of Haarlem
  • Take a fun journey through the canals, and float by the city's hidden gems and enjoy the hospitality of your experienced crew

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.

While on board, take in the sights of landmarks such as the windmill “De Adriaan”, Teylers court, Frans Hals Museum and the “Jopen” church.

On this 50-minute 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!

In the colder seasons, the boats are roofed and heated for a pleasant and cosy cruise. During the summer months, the boats are open or semi-open, even better for photos!

Getting There

  • Trains from Amsterdam Centraal or Amsterdam Sloterdijk to Haarlem station
  • Buses: line 80 from Elandsgracht bus station
Monday 11:00 - 17:30
Tuesday 11:00 - 17:30
Wednesday 11:00 - 17:30
Thursday 11:00 - 17:30
Friday 11:00 - 17:30
Saturday 11:00 - 17:30
Sunday 11:00 - 17:30
  • Cancellation is possible until 24 hours before your visit date.
  • Rescheduling is possible until 24 hours before your visit date.

Ratings & reviews

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Anton ,  Germany Germany
11 May 2024
Good
Hele leuke Trip. De Duitse tekst kwam steevast pas NADAT we de zienswaardigheid al gepasseerd waren. Mijn duitse echtgenote begreep daar, evenals ikzelf, niks van.
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Stephanie,  Germany Germany
03 May 2024
Good
Die Kanalrundfahrt war gut. Wir waren mit 8 Peronen
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Augusto,  Mexico Mexico
04 Aug 2018
Average
Trip on the boat was a little boring, is good to have information on several languages, but when was the turn of your language, we have already pass the sight, also the plastic roof makes...
Trip on the boat was a little boring, is good to have information on several languages, but when was the turn of your language, we have already pass the sight, also the plastic roof makes difficult to ser the neighborhood and sights, please! Take it in the morning or late afternoon in summer to avoid sun.
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