Kaasmarkt Alkmaar, Alkmaar

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Stop by the Alkmaar's Waagplein square to indulge in the tastes and traditions of the famous Kaasmarkt Alkmaar. The Alkmaar region is renowned for its cheese, and the makers have been selling their product in the city for at least 400 years. After the bell opens the market, the whole square erupts with activity. See how the experts inspect the cheese, witness the frantic haggling, admire the special walk of the carriers who haul huge loads of cheese on barrows suspended from their shoulders, and don't miss the chance to do some tasting and bargaining yourself. To improve your understanding of the market activities, check out the presentations, available in various languages. The market is in the center of the city and is easily accessible by car or public transportation from other cities. For Kaasmarkt Alkmaar and beyond, use our Alkmaar trip planning site to get the most from your Alkmaar vacation.
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  • The cheese market is located on the beautiful waag square in the heart of Alkmaar. In the summer period is the traditional cheese market is held there on Friday. This very old tradition is known for its cheese carriers. This cheese carriers all have different color ribbon to their hat which can be put up who has what responsibilities and where they stand in the pecking order. It is a very cozy but also colourful event with fantastic local restaurants.
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  • impressive and fantastic experience CHEESE MARKET every Friday at interesting places and FINE CHEESES
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  • We had read all the reviews and did our best to arrive a early as possible to get a good place to see the activities. We parked in an incredibly tight multistory car park adjacent to the Red Light dis...  more »
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  • Always a fun show to watch, though incredibly busy. Even at the start of the season, it was packed. The side of the market is lined with various stalls with general touristy stuff and typical snacks and food. As a local, I've only been there twice with friends visiting, but I've enjoyed it mostly. Especially when followed up with a nice walk through the old city center and a tasty lunch.
  • We arrived quite late and parking was quite difficult - the city is well marshalled but the car park ticket machines are tricky even for the Dutch! No cash at the one we used. The market was busy but winding down. Good fun seeing the men run with the cheese and we had an added bonus being so late (& in April) as they gave out a lot of free tulips, with bulbs, late in. Alkmaar as a whole is well worth a visit, even on the main shopping streets - keep looking​ up to realise that the modern shop fronts stand beneath some truly historic buildings. Recommended.
  • Wonderful. Once in a lifetime experience. If you love cheese this is the Holy Grail.
  • Fun to see at least once, just be warned there's not a single public toilet anywhere to be found here.
  • A must-see for tourist. Probably the number 1 attraction in Alkmaar.

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