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Address: Waagplein, Alkmaar, The Netherlands
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Cheese lovers must go to Alkmaar

It is very convenient to take the train from central station in Amsterdam to Alkmaar station. The show/demonstration in the cheese market is interesting but you need to be there... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 21, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

It is very convenient to take the train from central station in Amsterdam to Alkmaar station. The show/demonstration in the cheese market is interesting but you need to be there one hour earlier before it starts or you can really see if a lot of tall people are standing in front of you, though there is a big screen showing... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Everything people say about the market being crowded is true but even if you arrive at 10-ish, as I did, the crowds soon thin and disperse and if you move around the arena, with a little persistence, you can get a good aspect for your photos. I am still doubtful whether the market is much more than a performance but... More 

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Jerusalem, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Closest parking Karperton garage. We were there for about an hour so it was not expensive. We arrived around 10:45 and within a few minutes had front row seats as people were leaving.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Alkmaar is about 30 min by train from Amsterdam. If u happen to be in Amsterdam on a a Friday don't miss this. We opted to go on our own rather than an escorted tour bus. Alkmaar is well connected to Amsterdam by train and costs about 15Euros for a return ticket. The Wagplein where the Cheese market is held... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

This is held on Fridays 10 - 12am. Watch the sporty activities of four different companies trying to get their cheeses weighed fastest. Each company has a different coloured hat, and the cheese men wear traditional clothes. Eight big cheeses at a time are loaded onto a cradle which is carried by two strong fellows who run with it to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Alkmaar was granted cheese weighing rights and a weighing scale in 1365, and in 1612 the number of scales increased to four. Exactly when the first cheese market took place is shrouded in mystery. Old documents have been found that confirm the cheese market definitely took place in 1622, but there is also evidence that the cheese bearer's guild was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

I have never seen so much cheese in my life! It was so fun to see the entire marketplace filled with big rounds of cheese and people in traditional garb. On the outside of the cheese market there were venders selling practical amounts of cheese and other Dutch items. There were even cheese boats going down the canal. Great fun.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Very interesting and spoken in English, French, german and Dutch. We got there after 9 and wandered around the stalls before finding a place to watch the cheese show, thoroughly enjoyed the history lesson and tasting the cheese. Going to the cheese museum is also a must.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

The Alkmaar cheese market weighing ceremony on Fridays is very interesting to see...... It super duper crowded. There is no way to see if. You are in the second or third row, so you either need to get there an hour early and get a spot on the fence line. Or you need to come an hour or so late,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

I think that the WAAG-PLEIN area can also be fun on other days to enjoy the historic architecture.But the tourist cheese market show is only on friday mornings in summer. The WAAG building dates from the 14th century and was converted to WAAG-GEBOUW in 1582 after serving as a chapel.

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Address: Waagplein, Alkmaar, The Netherlands
Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  North Holland Province  >  Alkmaar

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