The Battle for Haarlem

4.48 (134 ratings)
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In the year 1573 an epic battle took place around the city of Haarlem. Take on the role of Kenau, a resistance fighter who lived between 1526 and 1588 and help defend the city against the Spaniards.

Your story starts at one of the oldest stations in the Netherlands and ends at the big square in the center of Haarlem. 
On the way you will visit the Amsterdamse poort, the Frans Hals museum, the st. Bavo church and the archaeological museum.

Are you ready to defend Haarlem?


  • Can be played on
    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

  • During these hours
    Whole day

  • Languages
    English, Dutch, German

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  • Walk along the river that runs right through Haarlem

  • Visit the only remaining city gate of Haarlem

  • Walk through the picturesque streets of Haarlem

  • Visit the church where the Dutch proverb "the bullet through the church" comes from.


The year is 1573. The city of Haarlem is under siege by the Spaniards. The people of Haarlem try to defend their city with everything they have.

Kenau Simonsdochter Hasselaer is asked by a mysterious man to meet him outside the city gate north of the city.

In the early morning, when the city and the Spaniards are still asleep, she meets this mysterious man and receives an assignment, the correct execution of which will determine the fate of Haarlem for years.

Experience's route


Places you will visit


It will take you

110-140 mins

You will walk

5120 steps

Total distance

3.9 km

  • Route open 24/7 but better during daylight hours
  • The game is not timed, so take your time
  • No attractions ticket(s) required
  • Pause, continue exploring at your own pace or replay at any time.
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Ratings and Reviews


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Michael Harb

19 Jul 2024


04 Jul 2024
Some challenges were too easy. However the game still provides a cohesive overview of the city and its history

Cosmin & Corina

24 Jun 2024
It was a nice long walk in Haarlem :)

MacKenzie Jost

23 Jun 2024


19 Jun 2024
interesting and fun, the time flies while you walk around the city and learn a bit of history:)

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