Gouda Cheese Market
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  • Emz
    Hucknall, United Kingdom12 contributions
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    It’s a must
    It was our first stop off the ferry. A tourist delight! Lovely places to drink and eat around the square and CHEESE. Traditional dress, tourist tat but quaint. Lovely little town to walk around. There is also a Lego shop which was a good bargaining tool with a 5 year old
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written May 12, 2023
  • HappyOzie
    103 contributions
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    Fantastic day out for the family
    As an Aussie with Dutch heritage and never having visited the Netherlands before I wanted and experience that would reflect the old stories I was told during my childhood. These markets, held every Thursday, provided everything I hoped and imagined. Easy to get to by train followed by a short walk through the lovely town the market centre was a feast for the senses. So many things to see, do, learn and of course eat. The auctioning of cheese was captivating and being able to weigh yourself on the cheese scales was a bit of fun. This is a place you will be able to look back on with fond memories.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 21, 2023
  • Roman Chernov
    Moscow, Russia119 contributions
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    Good experience ! Gouda, Cheese Market.
    Gouda is an incredible adventure in a small friendly town and the namegiver to the famous Dutch cheese. Gouda is a city and municipality in the west of the Netherlands, between Rotterdam and Utrecht, in the province of South Holland. Gouda is a small town but its history is interesting.  On the main square near old City Hall you can visit the Cheese Market on Thursdays, from April onto the end of August. The traditional market dates back from 1395. You can buy tasty cheese and watch wonderful folkloristic performances.  There is a modern and free toilet in the central square. Also in the city there are Dutch-style urinals a bit similar to Amsterdam ones.   You can go outside the city and visit the Reeuwijkse Plassen, or the Goudse Hout, lakes in and around Gouda for a good picnic outside the town. Lakes are in an hour walking away from the centre of the town or even less. A city also famous for its Gouda cheese, stroopwafels (dutch waffles) and candles many grachten (urban shipping canals), historical drawbridges, decorated clay pipes, and its 15th-century city hall. Its array of historic churches and other buildings makes it a very popular tourist destination. A visit to the city can easily be combined with a visit to the site of Kinderdijk, a collection of historical windmills that still function and are recognized by the UNESCO World Heritage. Visiting this area is a true unique experience, since this part of the Netherlands is a few meters below sea-level and is for 700 years protected by dikes and water management by pumps and windmills.
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 26, 2023
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HappyOzie
103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
As an Aussie with Dutch heritage and never having visited the Netherlands before I wanted and experience that would reflect the old stories I was told during my childhood.
These markets, held every Thursday, provided everything I hoped and imagined.
Easy to get to by train followed by a short walk through the lovely town the market centre was a feast for the senses. So many things to see, do, learn and of course eat.
The auctioning of cheese was captivating and being able to weigh yourself on the cheese scales was a bit of fun.
This is a place you will be able to look back on with fond memories.
Written July 21, 2023
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Emz
Hucknall, UK12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
It was our first stop off the ferry. A tourist delight! Lovely places to drink and eat around the square and CHEESE. Traditional dress, tourist tat but quaint. Lovely little town to walk around. There is also a Lego shop which was a good bargaining tool with a 5 year old
Written May 12, 2023
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AnneT1957
Upper Galilee19 contributions
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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
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 Netherlands330 contributions
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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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Samantha P
Ashford, UK29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Friends
Cheese yummy cheese! What can I say the cheese was great. I really loved being able to try all of them. It was a treat for the tastebuds. But I have to say the produce that was for sale was some of the most beautiful I have ever seen. Needless to say I did purchase some to take home. When I got home I ate the strawberries and they were the sweetest. The market is great. It is not to be missed.
Written April 22, 2015
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Jurgen M
Munich, Germany57 contributions
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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
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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