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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. Plan your visit to Kaasmarkt Alkmaar and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Alkmaar vacation builder.
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  • Even though it was raining quite hard for about half the time we were ther, my sister and I thoroughly enjoyed the Cheese market and auction. Make sure you go there at a time when they are loading and...  more »
  • Well worth a visit. See how cheese has been traded here for hundreds of years with men and women in traditional costumes. OK, so they could do it a modern, more efficient way but kill the tourist trad...  more »
  • The cheese market starts at 10:00 and finish at 12:30. You can see how cheese market works and also lots of small food stands around. Local Dutch souvenirs are good to buy too. I think it's a good pla...  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.
  • Fun to see at least once, just be warned there's not a single public toilet anywhere to be found here.
  • Great tourist attraction where cheese is being weight in the old fashioned way
  • Definitely worth a visit on a Friday morning, although packed with visitors and tourists. Come early!