Meet and greet with your English-speaking guide / driver in the hotel lobby, from where you will be taken for a 45-minute drive by luxurious private vehicle to the historical city Haarlem.
Upon arrival, you will be taken for a guided tour of Teylers Museum (Museum of Wonder), the oldest museum in the Netherlands.
Teylers Museum is the best-preserved 18th-century public knowledge institution for the arts and sciences in the world. It has been open to the public since 1784, welcoming all those who are eager to look at objects of interest in the visual arts and the sciences. It is a unique place with a remarkable atmosphere, and a visit is bound to be an unforgettable experience.
Exhibits include machines that generate electricity and fossils that are millions of years old, as well as historical books and coins. Art lovers visit Teylers for its fine collection of Dutch masters and its world-famous prints and drawings by Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Raphael and Goltzius, to mention but a few.
The museum’s interior alone, with the monumental Oval Room as its pièce de resistance, is a truly remarkable attraction. It is the only authentic 18th-century museum interior in the world. The 19th-century rooms have preserved the spirit of that age: time appears to have stood still here.
The museum rooms with the large display cabinets are still illuminated by daylight. In wintry weather, it can get extremely dark. The entire experience conveys the atmosphere of a museum from bygone times! https://www.teylersmuseum.nl/en/
We continue with an interesting walking tour of the historical city center. With Amsterdam close by, Haarlem remains undiscovered. You’ll get see this historical city in a delightful way. Haarlem is the capital of North Holland and this task fulfills Haarlem with dignity. Not only the remarkable facades along the Spaarne river, beloved squares, old alleys and lots of ancient courtyards – make Haarlem extremely attractive. Haarlem is also a Burgundian city, with several of starred restaurants as well as countless cozy taverns, world restaurants and cafés.
This city tour of Haarlem brings history and taste together and that makes this route memorable and above all delightful! The walk shows you the most beautiful places. You discover the most beautiful courtyards and special churches, but also modern buildings are not skipped. All kinds of amazing stories come to life. Why was the Holy Land holy? Who offered courageous resistance to a well-known grand department store? Major plans, major failures, real celebrities and unbelievable legends. Everything will get clear during this city tour through Haarlem. When the town’s 750th anniversary was celebrated in 1995, a group of enthusiasts re-created an original Haarlem beer and brewed it again. The beer is called Jopenbier, or Jopen for short, named after an old type of beer barrel. So, a visit to the Jopenkerk (Jopen church), should certainly not be missed!
During the walk, there is leisure time for lunch.
Frans Hals Museum
The walk will end at the Frans Hals Museum, for a guided tour. The museum was established in 1862. In 1950, the museum was split in two locations when the collection of modern art was moved to the Museum De Hallen (since 2018 called Hal). The main collection, including its famous 17th-century Frans Hals paintings, for which the museum is named, is located in the former Oude Mannenhuis on the Groot Heiligland. The museum was founded in 1862 in the newly renovated former Dominican church cloisters located in the back of the Haarlem city hall known as the Prinsenhof, and when it needed more space, it moved to the recently vacated location of the town orphanage in 1913.
The collection is based on the large number of paintings owned by the City of Haarlem, which includes over 100 artworks seized from Catholic churches in the 1580s after the Protestant Reformation, and Haarlem art rescued from demolished local buildings from the 15th century onwards. In 2018, the museum re-merged with Museum De Hallen to form a single museum called the Frans Hals Museum with two locations: Hof (located on Groot Heiligland) and Hal (located on Grote Markt). www.franshalsmuseum.nl
From here, you will be taken back to your hotel in Amsterdam, where you will have the remainder of the day for your own leisure. You will arrive back around 5.15pm.