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Alkmaar Cheese Market

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March 27 @ 10:00 am 1:00 pm

Alkmaar Cheese Market
Alkmaar Cheese Market

Thousands of visitors from all over the world come specially to Alkmaar for the cheese market. It is therefore a special spectacle with a square full of cheese and lugging cheese carriers.

In 1365, Alkmaar has weighing rights and one scale, but in 1612 these are already four. When the first real cheese market has taken place, it is covered in mists. Old documents have been found that clearly state that the cheese market took place with certainty in 1622, but there is also evidence that the cheese carrier guild was established in 1593; from this we can conclude that there must have been a cheese market back then.

March 27 – September 25, every Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Program (subject to change):

  • 9.15 am – 9.50 am: the carillon is played
  • 9.50 am – 11.00 am: cheese market with explanation by the lady speaker, the visitors are welcomed
  • 11.00 am – 11.20 am: the carillon is played
  • 11.20 – 12.00: oral explanation for visitors in Dutch, German, English and French or Spanish
  • 12.00 – 12.20: the carillon is played
  • 12.20 – 12.55 hrs: oral explanation for visitors in Dutch, German, English and French or Spanish
  • 12.55 – 13.00 hrs: “ringing out” of the cheese market with the gate tower of the Waagtoren, restored last year

There is also a cozy art and crafts market around the cheese market. You will find here among other things the real Dutch poffertjes, herring, farmer’s cheese, a clog maker, handicraft stalls and much more!

Waagplein 2
Alkmaar, Noord Holland 1811JP Netherlands
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