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Cheese Market

Waagplein, Alkmaar, The Netherlands
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Ranked #2 of 19 Attractions in Alkmaar
Type: Flea/ Street Markets
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Slinfold
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84 reviews 84 reviews
21 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

By chance we had a days rest from hundreds of kilometres driving nearby and it was a Friday so this was the obvious choice. We thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Basel, Switzerland
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9 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

If you are in Amsterdam and you want to spend some time outside the city, put Alkmaar on your map! Each Friday from 10:00 (April-September) you can see the cheese market as it has been for centuries, with cheese carriers taking orders, weighing tons of the dutch delicacy while wearing the traditional costumes. Worth a visit!

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Beverwijk, The Netherlands
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Ever since 1593, Alkmaar has been host to a weekly cheese market on the square adjacent to the 'Waag', the official weighing station. The market opens at 10:00 every Friday during the summer months (Apr-Sept), but it's a good idea to get there early. Crowds three-deep gather quickly. It's a working market that perpetuates more than 400 years of tradition.... More

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Mons, Belgium
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26 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Visiting the cheese market is a lot of fun. It does feel a bit commercialized but that doesn't detract from the experience. It begins promptly at 10.00 but if you want to get a good view get there early otherwise you will have a view of the back of people's heads. There is a large screen where much of the... More

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California
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10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

This was worth a short train ride out of Amsterdam but if it is in the tourist season prepare for a Disneyland on steroids experience. The good - 1) wonderful charming little town and everyone is dressed up in the old Dutch traditional clothing. The cheese market is for real. It is not staged. Actual wholesale buyers come and buy... More

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mtarfa malta
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60 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

If you intend to visit the cheese market in Alkmaar, make sure that you go early if you want to find a place by the railings. However, if you are not an early riser, do not panic... the market stays on for around two hours so then the people will start moving on and you can get a glimpse later... More

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Haifa, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

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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79 reviews 79 reviews
14 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
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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96 reviews 96 reviews
20 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
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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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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