Introduction

Gouda's association with cheese has made it famous – the town's namesake export is among the Netherlands' best known, and busloads of tourists descend on the town every Thursday in spring and summer to watch the pantomime-style kaasstad (cheese market) in front of the historic waag (weighing house). Non-cheesy attractions (and we mean that in both senses of the word) include magnificent Sint Janskerk, home to the largest cache of in-situ 16th-century stained glass in the world, and an excellent city museum. All are located in the town's compact canal-ringed historic centre, which is a mere five-minute walk from the train station.