Life in Haarlem takes place on and around the water, with terraces, bridges and lots of boats. To witness this, it is fun to get out on the water. Take a cruise, rent a boat or a supboard. The Haarlem canals, the terraces along the water and the view of the beautiful monuments will make your cruise a special experience.
Give your visit to Haarlem an extra dimension with a cruise on the Spaarne. You will experience the city very differently. Especially if you combine your canal cruise with a culinary tasting, a museum visit or a trip through the area. Also highly recommended for a wedding party, group outing or business event.
Would you prefer to determine your own route? Then rent a boat from one of the boat rental agencies. For most boats you do not need a license. However, it is useful to take the water recreation brochure with you. You can request this from the boat rental company, pick it up at the harbor office of the Haarlem Port Authority (near the Prinsenbrug), VVV Haarlem tourist office or download it from the website.
At several places around the Spaarne, you can also rent a SUP board for supping(stand up paddling). So you can paddle at your own pace along the Spaarne and the canals of the historic city center. Never been on a SUP board before? You can also take lessons.
WITH YOUR OWN BOAT
Do you have your own boat? Then Haarlem is also a beautiful city to visit. The Spaarnestad is part of the Staande Mast Route which allows passage of pleasure craft. On the website of the Municipality of Haarlem you can read more about bridge times and moorings.