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Address: Waagplein, Alkmaar, The Netherlands
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It's free. You really need to go early. Otherwise you can't see anything. There are Some benches specially for children and invalid but they get full quickly. it's really fun to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015 via mobile

It's free. You really need to go early. Otherwise you can't see anything. There are Some benches specially for children and invalid but they get full quickly. it's really fun to watch.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The Alkmaar Cheese Market is a tourist trap, but a positive one. Traditional Dutch folklore combined with free tasting of delicious cheeses, which, if tempted too much, are worth buying.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

I last went when I was a child but this time as an adult I found it interesting to watch but not the only reason to visit Alkmaar which is a charming town and probably easier to visit on other days when the hoards are absent. In the afternoon we hired a boat, much cheaper than in other city locations... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

The Alkmaar Cheese Market is a must on Friday for tourists and friends. It is a big happening which attracts thousands of people from everywhere in the region. A bit too crowded for my part, but still worth a visit when you are not n town. You should come early, if you plan to take pictures or videos, since it... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

We took a tour bus from Amsterdam to Alkmaar to visit the cheese market. we reached around 1030-45. The Cheese market is held only on Fridays. The market was very crowded. Hordes of people trying to get a glimpse of the auction & weighing proceedings. Interesting place. Alkmaar is a very beautiful city. One can take a canal tour. We... More 

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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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