Haarlem is a very old and beautiful city, and only a stones throw away from Amsterdam! This is the perfect itinerary for those wanting a cheap day out in Haarlem and to see the sights.
Some of the places I mention were closed when I went due to the pandemic. Therefore, I’ll link to where I read about them.
Getting to Haarlem
There are a couple ways of getting to Haarlem from Amsterdam, including taxi or bus. However, in order to get your cheap day out in Haarlem, I recommend getting the train.
It cost a total of €11.20 for a return ticket – be sure to subscribe to my blog for more information on getting the train in the Netherlands. Check out Trainline for times and prices.
What is Haarlem like?
Haarlem is a very old city, so it’s perfect for a photographer. I had great time just wondering around and finding places I could photograph.
It’s a small city, so I recommend walking most places but if you have a busy day, maybe look into hiring a bike. There is a bike rental shop next to the entrance for the train station.
Molen de Adriaan
For €5.50, you can take a guided tour through the Molen de Adriaan which is a windmill!
This is about a 10 minute walk from the train station.
The only way you can see the inside of the mill is by taking a tour, but it’s worth every cent. I had a great time learning about the history where it was built, destroyed by fire and rebuilt.
Throughout the years, it was not only used as a form of energy production, but also for the production of tobacco and other condiments.
As I said earlier, this tour was worth every cent. It took an hour as we got to go to all floors in the windmill.
The windmill tours only start after 1pm.
Grote Kerk Church
I’m not a religious person, and I always feel awkward visiting churches as I don’t believe in God. However, the architecture in this church was really worth it!
It cost €3 entry, and you can spend as long as you want there. When I visited, there was a little cafe too, but I didn’t look at the prices.
The organ itself is with the €3 you pay to see inside the church! There wasn’t anything written about the history of the church, so if you want to do a bit of research before you go, then check it out here.
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The Grote Kerk can be found in the Grote Markt. It’s a social place, full of restaurants and cafes, as well as surrounded by great shopping streets.
This is a perfect place for lunch, and to do a bit of shopping. It is about a 10 minute walk from the train station, although it probably took me a bit longer because I was taking so many photos.
Do some photography
As I’ve mentioned constantly throughout this post, this is a very photogenic city. Even if you don’t have a professional camera, just use your phone and do loads of photoshoots.
There are canals you can walk along, and hundreds of flower shops and cobblestone streets. You can also go looking for some street art!
Have a look at the pictures I’ve taken below.
This is a woodland area I was told to check out! Unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance to as it was a long walk from the windmill and I wanted to view the windmill instead.
If you want to stick to your cheap day out, I recommend having a picnic in this woodland area!
There is another green space on the walk from the Grote Markt to the windmill if you don’t have the time like I did.
For a detailed post on what Zandvoort beach is like, check out my post! I would say that Zandvoort is a whole day trip in itself, but if you’ve got a long, sunny day to fill then I recommend hopping over to here for a few hours and having a swim in the sea.
There is also another beach nearby called Bloemendaal, but I never got the chance to visit.
I hope you find this itinerary for a cheap day out in Haarlem useful!
Have you been to Haarlem before? Do you have anything to add?