People from all over the world come
to visit the Dutch cheese markets to find out how cheese is traded according to
a centuries old tradition. Watch the men in traditional clothing
seal their bargains for the best cheeses by means of clapping hands.After the cheese market you’ll go into the city in search of the rich
history accompanied by an informative, friendly and professional live guide.
Join us on Thursday to the Cheese Market of Gouda and on Friday to the Cheese Market
of Alkmaar. Let
yourself be surprised by the diversity of Dutch cheeses.
cheese production is nowadays in the hands of dairy factories, which produce
and export their cheeses around the world in millions of tonnes every year. The cheese markets of Alkmaar and Gouda remind
us of the days of a flourishing trade and have become popular tourist
believe that you’ve stepped back in time when you visit the cheese markets of
Gouda and Alkmaar.
market of Gouda which was first initiated in 1395 will be visited on Thursday
GOUDA CHEESE is one of the best known and most eaten kinds of cheese in the
world. GOUDA CHEESE owes its name to the fact that this Dutch cheese has been
traded in the city of Gouda for centuries. The cheeseswill be delivered by horse and
cart, then stacked on the ground by the farmers, before being sold in a
traditional manner in front of Gouda’s beautiful old City Hall. The farmers and
traders ‘clap hands’ to confirm each sale, in what can only be described as a
theatrical spectacle. You can take your photos and selfies together with the
cheese girls and boys, the farmers and traders.
morning the destination of the tour will be Alkmaar. Without a doubt, the Alkmaar cheese market is the main attraction in
town. The tradition of this Cheese Market
goes way back to 1365, as there was only one set of scales for weighing, cheese
was traded on the Waagplein. The cheese was delivered early in the morning, and
the cheese market masters and traders would check to see whether the cheeses
had been well stacked. Up to 30,000 kilos, or 2200 whole cheeses, are lined up
and waiting for customers.
enjoying some free time to discover the
cheese market and the city on your own, embark on a brief guided walking tour
through Gouda or Alkmaar by an informative, friendly and professional live
You should never pass up an opportunity to see this colourful, folkloric
- Departure from
- a 75 minute drive to destination
- 15 minute walk to Cheese Market
- Visit of Cheese Market
- Brief guided walking tour trough the city
- 30/45 minutes of free time
- Departure back to Amsterdam
Heineken Experience bus stop, Stadhouderskade 78, Wait on the side of the main entrance of the Heineken Experience, not on the water side) 08:30
THIS IS HOLLAND, Overhoeksplein 5, opposite central station. Catch the 5 minute free ferry (buiksloterweg) behind the station to get here. (Check-in desk inside the entrance of THIS IS HOLLAND) 09:00
Starting Time : 09:00 AM
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