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Cheese Market

Waagplein, Alkmaar, The Netherlands
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Ranked #1 of 19 attractions in Alkmaar
Type: Flea/ Street Markets
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Haifa, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

We drove an hour from Hilversoom to Alkmaar to see the cheese show. the adults were very interested but the kids (aged 8 - 13) were bored after 15 minutes. anyway the Alkmaar city has a nice shopping area with reasonable prices.

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Saint Simons Island, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

we realy enjoyed visiting the cheese market. since i love aged gouda cheese, we had to visit the cheese market. they have hundreds of chese rounds out in the square, and people in old style costumes at the market. horse drawn carrage carries the loaded up cheese out of the square, and the milk madis walk around giving out samples.... More

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Napier, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We visited in 2007 and it was a unique experience, full of culture, traditional practice of trading cheese. The costumes were awesome and made you feel like you were living back in the days when it all started. Very well organised, very friendly atmosphere, lovely people - highly recommend this as a place to visit while in Alkmaar.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

A quaint custom, the Alkmaar cheese market, but FAR too many tourists, so you either must wait too long to get a front row standing spot with a view OR you can't really see anything. The 'show' is by turns kitschy and VERY slow-moving with far too little info about what's actually going on. On the Friday we went, the... More

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

It really is worth seeing --- those men actually run with the cheese! Lots of tourists moving around the perimeter to get the best photo. I believe it happens every Friday. Inside the tower building and the stalls outside selling the cheeses, there are free samples - try before you buy - however, most of them are absolutely delicious.

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Kerkrade, Limburg, Netherlands
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Market is very interesting, do get weighed in the market, with the hats, lots of banter and fun with the hats etc, plenty of places to eat and drink and the stalls of souveniers are fun.

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jaipur
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

It was too good to be true. It actually transports you back into time. Farmers weighing, selling and transporting the cheese blocks is actually worth a a site. A must see.

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Afula, Israel
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3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

On Friday morning we took a train from Amsterdam and enjoyed the ride through the countryside, about half an hour, to get to the cheese market. It seems to be set up for tourists, which is what we were, and therefore enjoyed the event that was staged just for "us". The place was packed with tourists (mid June) and we... More

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Haifa, Israel
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

The alkmaar cheese market is the definition of a tourist trap. you pay 15 euros for a round trip from amsterdam to arrive to a very small market. Exactly 3 cheese stands, crowded with many tourists. To compare, the Grote market in Haarlm had much more cheese stands, with many more cheese types and with the option to taste them... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Dutch markets are the best, Dutch cheese markets are heavenly. It's all good, I don't care what anyone says the cheese we have in American that is supposed to be "Dutch" doesn't come close to authentic Dutch cheese. YUM!

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