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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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Sydney, Australia
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40 reviews 40 reviews
27 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
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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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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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Alkmaar, The Netherlands
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

This is a not to be missed event in Alkmaar which happens every Friday morning from Easter until the end of August. The "Cheese Carrier's" are actually part of an Auction, where the buyers bid for the cheese, which are then weighed and distributed to the various shops who buy them. Its a colourful event which atracts many tourist, well... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

We were at the Alkmaar Cheese Market the first Friday in April which was the opening day for the 2014 season. The weather was a little chilly and rainy which probably worked in our favor since the crowd was tolerable. When we first arrived a little too close to starting time, we thought that we wouldn't be able to see... More

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Bern, Switzerland
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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

The name says it all: A cheese market that is basically set-up for tourists. It's cute and worth a see, but don't expect a real market. The town itself is worth a visit!

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Petaluma, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Less than an hour away from Amsterdam, there is the town of Alkmaar, renowned for its cheese market. Okay, don't laugh. They actually have a cheese museum as well. Every Friday, at 10:00 a.m. sharp, there is a reenactment of a ritual that dates back hundreds of years in Holland. A bell is rung which heralds the official opening of... More

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