Alkmaar Things to Do

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  • 1. Cheese market

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    Originally a chapel for the Holy Ghost, this 14th century building was converted to a weigh house in 1582. Today it houses the Kaasmuseum (Cheese Museum) and is the backdrop for the cheese market on...

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  • 2. Laurens Kerk (Laurens church)

    This prominent and attractive church in the middle of the town as you head up to the main canal and cheese market past the Town Hall is a 15 th century church which contains the tomb of Count Floris V...

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  • 3. Visbank – Fish were sold here until 1998.

    Fish were sold here at the Visbank until 1998. The columns (first wood, later stone) were replaced with cast-iron pillars. The fish were sold on the stone...

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  • 4. Visbank – Trade on street markets.

    As you have read in the first tip of the Visbank, it is situated south of the Waagplein at the corner of Mient and Verdronkenoord. It is very interesting to...

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  • 5. Visbank – Simple covered fish stalls.

    For tourists Alkmaar is a popular cultural destination. Especially visiting a (daily) market always captures the imagination. In all the old Dutch cities were...

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  • 6. Kiss my ass

    If you stand on the stone bridge at the Mient street and have a look at the houses, you will see the Leeuwen-burg (roughly translated "Lion-castle").The...

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  • 7. Weighing House, Cheese Museum, Tourist Information

    The Weighing House (Waag-gebouw) at the Waagplein/square dates back to 1390 and also houses the Cheese Museum AND the Tourist Information Office (called VVV).At...

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  • 8. Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar / Municipal Museum

    Most of the museum is about the Golden Age of Alkmaar (16th and 17th century), but the museum has some modern art and temporary exhibitions as well.You can...

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  • 9. Wildemanshofje / Wildemans Courtyard

    A "hofje" is a courtyard with almshouses around it.This one was built in 1713 thanks to the last will of Mr Wildeman (1627-1702). Obviously, the statue refers...

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  • 10. Gunpowder storage / Ice Storage

    In the park on the west side of the old city, you can find an old storage cellar for gunpowder, built in the 18th century. In Dutch it is called...

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  • 11. Korenschoof

    The Korenschoof is a typical old warehouse from the 18th century.These warehouses were supplied with boats, using the canals.Note the crane on the roof, used to...

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  • 12. Canal Tour

    There are several companies that offer canal boat tours. We took the one opposite to the Weighing House (De Waag).The boats fit just under the low bridges of...

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  • 13. Mill De Groot / Piet's Windmill

    This windmill was originally a wooden mill built in 1605.It was replaced in 1769 by the current stone mill, used for the grinding of grain.Officialy the mill is...

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  • 14. House with the Bullet / Huis met de Kogel

    This beautiful wooden house dates back to 1557. Allegedly, during the Spanish siege of Alkmaar in 1573, the house was hit by a bullet/cannon ball which...

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  • 15. A day trip from Amsterdam

    Alkmaar again:A train return trip is € 12,10.At the tourist office in Alkmaar, a city map is free.The cheese market on Fridays is free.A canal tour is (if I...

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  • 16. Interesting statue approaching Alkmaar

    Interesting sights around Alkmaar, lovely old buildings still remaining from through the centuries, the canal surrounding the town, old churches and...

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  • 17. The very attractive Town Hall

    One of my guidebooks writes thats this town has at least 400 monuments and that the street layout with old merchant houses and small courtyards can still be...

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  • 18. up the mainstreet

    Heading for the cheesemarket and back from it i noted the main street was a rather lively street - and a particularly busy shopping street with lots of shops of...

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  • 19. take notice of historical sights

    as i usually do and enjoy, take notice of the buildings and whats around you as you walk - i particularly enjoy seeing old and historical buildings and i am...

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  • 20. National Biermuseum “De Boom”

    Clean drinking water was not always available in medieval towns. Here in Alkmaar, they brought in barrels of water from safe supplies and used it to make beer....

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  • 21. Canal Tour

    The first time I visited Alkmaar, I went with some friends and we decided to take the canal tour. The boat is a bit smaller than the boats in Amsterdam and...

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  • 22. photograph cheese

    rather photogenic all these cheeses around the shops - gimmicky but it is the local produce and picture postcard material!?buy cheese too while you are at -...

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  • 23. Stadhuis or Church

    Alkmaar StadhuisGothic Renaissance style town hall designed by Jan Stuyt. Right across the street from The Hof van Alkmaar restaurant. We saw a wedding party...

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  • 24. Windmill

    Our first up close look at a windmill. This one was in walking distance from the centre of town. Actually it was the first thing we saw from where we parked. It...

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  • 25. Hof van Sonoy

    In the middle ages this was the St. Maria Magdalena monastery, which was given up by 1500. In 1572 the govenor of the Prince of Oranje, Diederik Sonoy made this...

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