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Address: Waagplein, Alkmaar, The Netherlands
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The cheese market is fun in itself and well worth a visit. You probably want to get some photos too so here is a couple of hints. Come early (about 0910) to get the pic with all... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Some have said to arrive early to get a seat or a good view.We arrived about 10.00am and after a few minutes we were able to get to the front. The commentary is in four languages and takes about 15 minutes to get through Dutch, German, English and French. It is worth listening to as it tells you what is... More 

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Middletown, Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Mixed feelings on this 1/2 day excursion. We had seen Alkmaar Cheese Market on an episode of the Amazing Race and then did a little more research before visiting. The market is held only on Friday mornings. We got to the town about 8AM - way before anyone else showed up. This was nice, because it gave us a chance... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

While I concur with most reviewers that this is an extremely crowded spot, however you can be a little smart and save yourself from the hordes. We were confused between Edam and Alkmaar, but opted for Alkmaar because the weather on that Friday was quite pleasant. We left from Amsterdam quite late - must have been almost a quarter to... More 

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Kajang, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

As aforementioned by another TripAdvisor user, go there early! I got there at 9AM sharp and the highest spot is half full already. If you're alone and you'd like to capture some close-up shots of the cheese first, then I'd suggest you get there by 8.30AM. The cheese market begins at 10AM with the ring of the bell by a... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Visiting the famous cheese markets on a Friday in Alkmaar, Holland has been on my to-do list for years. Finally, I was in the right spot at the right time. I read on earlier reviews in Trip Advisor that you really need to be there early to get a good seat and location for photos. I arrived right on 9... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

I loved seeing how cheese was brought to market, sold, and moved. The colorful runners and sleds were interesting and fun to watch. Pretty ingenious way to move it! It's a bit of a circus, but I loved it. Great photos.

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Ronneby, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

The cheese market is fun in itself and well worth a visit. You probably want to get some photos too so here is a couple of hints. Come early (about 0910) to get the pic with all cheese in nice lines with the town hall in the background. This way you’ll get the photo before the cheese carts blocks the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Getting to Alkmaar for the 10 o'clock start required getting up early to catch train, and it's as well we arrived 09;15 as the walk to the cheese market, while well signposted, is quite long. We got there about 20 to 10 and the crowds were MASSIVE. If they're like that in April, what must they be like in high... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We went especially to Alkmaar to watch the cheese market. It opens only on Friday 10-12. It was very crowded and unpleasant. We felt that we waste our time since the show was boring. However if you decide to go there you can arrive anytime between 10-12 and look at 5 to 10 mins of the show. They are doing... More 

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Puchong
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We went to Alkmaar cheese market by ourself via train. It opens only on Friday morning and it was like a carnival ! There are lots of food & cheese stall. The shows begins around 10pm but actually you can arrrive anytime and look at 10 to 20 mins of the show will do. They are doing repetition of the... More 

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