Rijksmonument De Visbanken

Rijksmonument De Visbanken, Gouda: Address, Rijksmonument De Visbanken Reviews: 4/5

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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands2,630 contributions
Where fish arrived, was cleaned and sold
Dec 2020
Since 1588 fish was brought ashore or brought on carts, cleaned and sold at this spot on the Gouwe river bank. One can imagine how it was: the fishermen and their helpers arriving with their small boats, traders with their carts, the crowds gathering (after an announcer had gone around the city), no doubt lots of seagulls flying around eager to get their share of the catch.

Throughout the years the 'banken' on both sides of the river were improved. They got roofs and a small house for the supervising and tax collecting authority was built (Commissarishuisje). The banks were connecting by a wooden bridge with steps (later demolished). Without activity the place looks a bit deserted, indeed like a monument.
Written April 13, 2021
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Trainbleu
Brussels, Belgium25,244 contributions
Worth a passing glance
Mar 2020
When we first saw these picturesque covered structures on the banks of the Gouwe canal we thought they had something to do with laundering although they seemed too high above the water for that. A (Dutch only) information board hanging on the wall of the little brick house (called ‘het Commissarishuisje’) explains they were used for selling fish and date from 1706. The northern part, on Lage Gouwe, was reserved for sellers from Gouda, whereas people from out of town had to sell their catch on the opposite bank (Hoge Gouwe). Until 1850 there was a bridge.

Apart from taking a few pictures with the canal and the former catholic church as backdrop there is nothing much to do here. In winter the fish market seems to serve mainly as a parking space for bicycles. But there are several interesting houses on Hoge and Lage Gouwe so, for architecture buffs, it's an area worth exploring.

It’s not clear why this site is listed as ‘Rijksmonument De Visbanken’ in Tripadvisor and not simply as ‘De Visbanken’. ‘Rijksmonument’ means ‘national monument’ and is not part of a specific name.
Written March 28, 2020
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wijnartistJacques
Gouda, The Netherlands104 contributions
nice place to be
Aug 2017 • Couples
this place is wunderful fot having dinner!!! Two restaurants serving dinner here. It's like a dream to eat here and it is always busy with nice wetter
Written August 9, 2017
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ilitty
Sofia, Bulgaria407 contributions
Interesting monument
Apr 2017 • Friends
Interesting place to seat and rest for a while and a special monument in Gouda. You can have dinner nearby or sip a drink.
Written May 25, 2017
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Paul C
Amsterdam, The Netherlands155 contributions
Nice place to sit
Sep 2016 • Friends
De visbanken is a typical Hollands monument in the characteristic city of Gouda. On one of the canals.
Written December 19, 2016
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strandman46
Waddinxveen, The Netherlands327 contributions
Old Fishmarkets
Nov 2016 • Couples
Next to the Gouwe old fish markets are now in summer used for lunch or dinner. A special place for a drink or a good bite.
Written November 29, 2016
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WorldTravelOne
Amsterdam, The Netherlands8,618 contributions
monumental and romantic place: fish market from way back when...
Sep 2016 • Couples
This is a very reckonizable fish market monument. It has been kept up well. On one side of the water the building is in use as a place for outside seating for a restaurant. The other side is not commercially used and for you to admire. Imagine how this area must have smelled, way back when fish was traded here!
Written September 25, 2016
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