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Gouda Cheese Market

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April 2 @ 10:00 am 12:30 pm

Gouda Cheese Market
Gouda Cheese Market (photo: VVV Gouda)

Gouda cheese has been traded every Thursday on the Markt in Gouda for centuries.

Every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. (except Ascension Day, 21 May), the traditional Cheese Market still takes place on the Markt. And just like in the old days, farmers and cheese traders make a price by means of ‘hand clapping’. In addition to the world-famous cheese, you can enjoy stalls where stroopwafels and poffertjes are made and where old crafts are practiced.

Cheese market trading

The Cheese trade was a flourishing trade: in 1937, 4.5 million kilos of cheese were traded on the Gouda cheese market. This cheese was supplied in that year with 15,245 wagons. Real trade now often takes place elsewhere and in other ways. But since the 1980s, the cheese market has been maintained by a large number of volunteers to show how the buying and selling of cheese used to be done.

Say cheese

Visiting a cheese market is a perfect location for taking some great pictures. The traditional setting lets you experience Holland at it best.

Price

Visiting the Gouda cheese market is free.

How to get to the Gouda Cheese Market

If you would like to visit the cheese market, make sure you are on time. In good weather, many visitors come to the event on the Market. You will have various options for traveling to Gouda.

By car

Parking Klein Amerika in Gouda. Close to cheese market

In Gouda there are three large parking lots close to the city center where you can park cheaply: Klein Amerika, Schouwburgplein and Vossenburchkade. These parking areas are also indicated on the road signs.

You pay here from Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Parking on these parking lots is free on Sundays.

By guided tour from Amsterdam

From Amsterdam an organized tour goes to the cheese market in Gouda. During this tour you will learn all about the Dutch cheeses and enjoy the luxury tour bus.

By public transport

Markt 35
Gouda, Zuid Holland 2801 JG Netherlands
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