Guided tours

This page contains more information about the various Sporen van Slavernij (Traces of Slavery) walking and cycling tours we offer.


a tour

With our diverse offer you can embark on an eye-opening guided tour that delve into the history and impact of slavery in Haarlem. Discover the hidden stories and sites linked to this past with our knowledgeable guides.

To book your tour, simply contact us via email or fill out our convenient contact form. Let us guide you through this important journey of remembrance and reflection.

How did Haarlem's textile industry relate to the colonies? And what brought Susanna Dumion from Paramaribo to Haarlem?

With our guide, you will learn the answer while walking through Haarlem. Find out about Christiaan van der Vaart, who lost his freedom. Walk past the house of a slave trader, a plantation owner and an anti-slavery activist. En route, there is plenty of opportunity for dialogue. Together, you will discover a different side of the city.

Walking tour

Foto door Remko Scheepens.

Thematic tour

Immerse yourself in the history of the city with our thematic tours. Customize your experience with a tailor-made tour that suits your interests and preferences that delves into specific aspects of colonial history. For example, in honor of International Women's Day, we offer a tour focusing on the significant female figures in colonial history. Book a unique journey through history with us today.

Bike tour

Traces of slavery are not only found in the city centre of Haarlem. The nature-rich surroundings of Haarlem were very appealing to many people during the colonial period. They sought to escape the busy city in their country houses, located in the Haarlemmerhout or near the beach. Curious about who these people were and what stories can be told around these grand residences? Hop on your bike and follow the guide through the green surroundings in and around Haarlem.


The (themed) walking tours are suitable for wheelchair users. Dogs are welcome, as long as they are kept on a short leash and do not disturb the tour.

In all the above cases, we kindly ask you to inform us in advance to ensure the tour is as informative and pleasant as possible for all participants.

Any questions? Please do not hesitate to contact us.




Children (under 12):


Groups larger than 15 people:

Please contact us in advance to arrange for multiple guides and discuss special group rates