Admire this historical, traditional and nostalgic scene of the famous Dutch Cheese market in the well-known cities of Alkmaar or Gouda.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.You should never pass up an opportunity to see this colourful, folkloric spectacle!
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Gouda Cheese Market, Gouda, South Holland ProvinceThe cheese market of Gouda which was first initiated in 1395 will be visited on Thursday morning. 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 cheeses will 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. Before enjoying some free time to discover the cheese market and the city on your own, embark on a brief guided walking tour through Gouda by an informative, friendly and professional live guide.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Alkmaar cheese marketOn Friday 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.Before enjoying some free time to discover the cheese market and the city on your own, embark on a brief guided walking tour through Alkmaar by an informative, friendly and professional live guide.Duration: 2 hours