North of Amsterdam is Alkmaar. Alkmaar emerges as a captivating destination, where history, culture, and modern vibrancy blend seamlessly. Known far and wide for its traditional Alkmaar cheese market, this picturesque city offers so much more to the discerning traveler. From its winding canals and historic buildings to its bustling market squares and lush parks, Alkmaar is a treasure trove of experiences waiting to be discovered.

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What to do in Alkmaar

Experience the Dutch Cheese

Alkmaar is synonymous with Dutch cheese, and no visit is complete without experiencing its world-renowned Cheese Market. Dive into the heart of tradition at the Waagplein, where you can witness the age-old art of cheese trading. For a deeper exploration of this creamy delight, the Cheese Museum, located in the historic Waag building, offers fascinating insights into the history and production of Dutch cheese. Don’t miss the opportunity to sample some of the finest cheeses and take a piece of Alkmaar’s heritage home with you.

Museums in Alkmaar

Art lovers and history buffs will find Alkmaar’s museums captivating. The Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar is a treasure trove of local history and art, showcasing masterpieces that tell the story of the city’s past and present. For those fascinated by beer brewing, the Beer Museum De Boom reveals the secrets behind traditional Dutch brewing techniques, all within a historic 17th-century building.

Sightseeing Tours in Alkmaar

Alkmaar is alive with activities for all interests. Alkmaar is a perfect city for a lovely city walk sightseeing. Explore on your own with a walking route for your mobile phone or book a guided tour.

Take a leisurely canal tour to see the city from a different perspective, gliding past historic buildings and under charming bridges. Cycling enthusiasts can explore the scenic routes surrounding Alkmaar, offering breathtaking views of the Dutch countryside.

Where to eat in Alkmaar

Alkmaar is not just a feast for the eyes but also a paradise for food lovers. The city’s dining scene is a delightful blend of traditional Dutch flavors and contemporary culinary innovation, with cheese playing a starring role in many dishes.

Cheese tasting

No culinary tour of Alkmaar would be complete without indulging in its cheese specialties. For an intimate dining experience, head to De Kaaskamer van Alkmaar (Restaurant Smelt), a restaurant famed for its cheese platters and fondue, showcasing the best of local produce.

Restaurants in Alkmaar

Alkmaar’s restaurants serve up a wide array of dining options. For those seeking traditional Dutch cuisine, Eetcafé De Binnenkomer offers a cozy atmosphere and a menu filled with local favorites, many of which incorporate the region’s famous cheese. If your taste buds are adventurous, Restaurant ‘t Stokpaardje presents a fusion of international flavors with a Dutch twist, ensuring an unforgettable dining experience.

For a more casual bite, Alkmaar boasts numerous cafes and bistros dotted around its historic streets. Stop by Friethuys Alkmaar to enjoy some of the best fries in town, served with a variety of Dutch sauces. Don’t forget to treat yourself to a sweet finish at one of the local bakeries; a slice of traditional Dutch apple pie or a fluffy cheese soufflé is the perfect way to round off your culinary adventure.

Where to stay in Alkmaar

Whether you’re looking for the charm of a boutique hotel or the comfort of a luxury establishment, Alkmaar has a wide range of accommodations to suit your needs. The Hotel Stad en Land offers a cozy stay with easy access to the city’s main attractions, while the Grand Hotel Alkmaar promises an experience of elegance and refinement.

Below are the best accommodation options in Alkmaar. Check availability and current prices and book your choice easily and safely via our hotel partner

Map of Alkmaar

Check out the city map of Alkmaar below and prepare your visit.

Alkmaar City Map

Directions to Alkmaar

A day trip to Alkmaar by car or public transport? Check out our information on parking in Alkmaar, bicycle parking and public transport.

Parking in Alkmaar

Coming to Alkmaar by car? You can always easily park in Alkmaar. Alkmaar has no fewer than eight municipal parking garages in and around the city centre. Digital signs indicate the route to the nearest free parking garage. 

Met het openbaar vervoer naar Alkmaar

By train to Alkmaar? From Amsterdam, it is only 35 minutes by train and 5 trains per hour leave for Alkmaar. The NS station is about 5 minutes’ walk from the city centre.

Please note: Alkmaar is just outside the Amsterdam metropolitan area and cannot be visited for free with the Dutch Countryside Card. You can travel for free to Uitgeest station (2 stops before Alkmaar central station).

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