Gouda Cheese Market

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Gouda Cheese Market
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AnneT1957
Upper Galilee19 contributions
May 2014 • Family
The Gouda cheese market is open from the beginning of April until the end of August, and takes place every Thursday morning. It is situated in front of the Gouda City Hall and the Cheese weighing building (De Waag). Gouda is known for its Dutch cheese but it is not only cheese you will find at this market. Be sure to walk around the local crafts market and watch the craftsmen and women making wooden shoes, pipes and other artifacts. Enjoy the local "stroopwafel" (a special wafer), poffertjes and fresh fried fish. A lovely place to visit for old and young.
Written June 17, 2014
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Hans
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Aug 2018 • Family
I visited the old city center of Gouda the other day. Just for one day. Unfortunately only for one day…. What I should have done is at least stay over for one evening to dine in one of the numerous and excellent restaurants, because I found out that Gouda is as a matter of fact one of the culinary hotspots of the Netherlands. You name it: Gouda Cheese, Gouda Stroopwafels (sirup waffles) and the best hand-made chocolate I ever tasted at Puur in an interesting little street called Naaierstraat.
The cheese market was a great experience. Bright sunshiny day and all the big yellow cheeses fresh from the farms around the city of Gouda, being brought in by old carriages.
Much to see in Gouda, like the medieval town hall, which was built around the time that Columbus discovered America. This town hall looks like a fairy tale castle. It is having an interesting Latin inscription “Audite et Alterem Partem. A not too literal translation is, that one should not forget to listen to the minority. It basically says that the majority does not always got it right. Other opinions matter as well. Medieval irony, from which we can still learn today.
Another must-see is the biggest church in the Netherlands, the 123 meter long Saint Jan church. It is said to contain more than 60% of all the medieval stained glass in the country. The huge windows filter the sunlight magically and make the interior of the church even more beautiful. The paintings on the windows are really the Rembrandt’s of the stained glass art. One big museum. Entrance almost free.
Around the church I found numerous little canals and little squares, sometimes public squares and sometimes courtyards, part of former medieval living communities. One I particularly liked was the courtyard of the Willem Vroesenhuis, which you will only discover only if you open the big green front door; pass through a corridor and again open another door. But it is worth it. Have a look at the picture.
Opposite to the Willem Vroesenhuis is the Jerusalem Chapel, built at the end of the 15th century as a result of a pilgrimage and modeled after the Holy Grave Church in Jerusalem.
After a long and very interesting day of cultural shopping, I wanted to do some regular shopping. And again I was very surprised by the diversity of what the city center of Gouda has to offer.
It was a brilliant day with only one downside: We should have had the possibility to stay longer, at least for dinner in one of the nice historical restaurants with local specialties.
Written August 28, 2018
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AlPortAl.net
Sofia54 contributions
Aug 2018
Like it or not, the Gouda cheese is one of the most popular around the world. Yet, only in the actual city of Gouda you can fully experience it. The market is open only in the warmer part of the year so plan your trip there preferably in the summer.
Written September 18, 2018
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loubelle64
Edmonton, Canada101 contributions
May 2017 • Couples
Gouda's central square comes alive on Thursday with the cheese market. There are people dressed in traditional costume with horse drawn carts and piles of rounds of Dutch cheese. You can watch traditional folk dances, explore the town hall, witness the large cuckoo clock's pantomime, get involved with the bartering process between the cheese sellers and buyers, watch the men throwing and catching cheese rounds to transfer them onto the carts following a successful sale, sample the cheeses, purchase stroopwaffles or ollie bollen, or just wander through the market.
Written June 2, 2017
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strandman46
Waddinxveen, The Netherlands327 contributions
Jul 2015 • Couples
Gouda is the most well-known brand of cheese in the world, named after the city of Gouda in the Netherlands, not far from Rotterdan, the Hague, Amsterdam and Utrecht. From April 2 through August 27 2015 Gouda organizes on Thursday morning a beautiful traditional cheese market at the Waag, a 300 years old building specially built in the past for the cheese market. Here farmers bring their cheese and sell them. It's not that crowded like Alkmaar so you can see everything more at ease. The large Market Place with a beautiful historic city hall will impress you. Don't forget to visit the St. Johns Church which has unique windows and beautiful organ.
Written July 17, 2015
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Jurgen M
Munich, Germany48 contributions
Jun 2014 • Friends
The Gouda Cheese market is really fun. We parked in QPark and then walked less than 15 minutes. Gouda is very beautiful with quaint buildings and canals. There was a competition where you could guess the weight of about 8 cheeses together, and at 12h30 they were going to announce the winner. It appeared that we had won the cheese, 5 kilo! Wow, very nice price, and the cheese was really tasty, good quality.
The cheese market in Gouda is every Thursday in season.
Written November 16, 2014
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Boulder-USA
Boulder, CO248 contributions
Aug 2014 • Couples
We'd already been staying in Delft for several weeks when we decided to do a day trip to Gouda to see the Thursday Cheese Market. What a hoot. The cheese buyers and sellers are real characters and you get the sense that the hand slapping and banter associated with each transaction is true to the tradition that goes back hundreds of years. After enjoying the market, which you need to see well before noon, we wandered into the back streets and found them to be charming. Delft has a very nice charm, but it seems more sophisticated than that of Gouda and we were pleased to see people who are likely closer to the countryside. Before leaving, we purchased some very good Gouda (of several types) and have been enjoying it with wine in our hotel.
Written September 3, 2014
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Claudia
Bucharest, Romania74 contributions
Aug 2018 • Friends
Every saturday you can buy and taste different cheeses made in Holland. I understand you can find cheaper cheese in here.
Written August 13, 2018
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Prakash S
92 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
Gouda Netherlands
Cheese name after this quaint little town
Every Thursday, there is a Cheese Market in the main square. With ofcourse a lot of fun and frolic.

The traditional cheese market takes place every Thursday morning from 10 to 12.30 hours, during the period from 5 April to and including 30 August (apart from 26 April and on Ascension Day 10 May). Just outside the Stadhuis town hall
Gouda’s 15th-century, gothic Stadhuis is the oldest town hall in The Netherlands
As in past times, the farmers and traders seal their bargains for the best cheeses with a clapping of hands. Besides the world-renowned cheese, you can also shop at the stalls filled with regional products.

1 hour ride from Amsterdam by train. Pleasant journey.
Reached Gouda station. The locals have marked the path to the market, a tourist attraction by pink footmarks which I photographed.
Dutch don't pronounce "G" as English do but as H. So it's Hooda.
Had a lovely time seeing the "charade" enacted by oldies, the horse-carriages, tasted and purchased cheese of various varieties. Brunch was a mix of cheese waffles, fried fresh mussels, fried kibbeling with local beer and ice-cream

Few do this trip on visit to Amsterdam. But worth a day. Something different. Remember the fun & drama is only on Thurday morning.
Written July 9, 2018
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Monica94601
Alameda, CA197 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
Yes, it's crowded and probably the people are mostly tourists, but it's so much fun. There's the cheese, of course, both the spectacle of the traditional auctioning, along with the beautiful horses, and the fun of tasting and buying for yourself. There's the local culture - on our Thursday, there was a group of folk dancers performing. People seemed to be from all over the world, and every one behaved themselves and was kind and pleasant, which seems like a miracle to me these days unfortunately. The town itself is lovely and well worth some time just walking around after the market ends. Note: my guidebook said that the market is held only once a week and only for a few hours.
Written August 14, 2017
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