Alkmaar Travel Guide

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    Alkmaar ; friday market summer season
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    Mooring on the Bierkade. Alkmaar.
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Alkmaar Things to Do

  • Cheese market

    4 out of 5 stars

    One of the things we did in 1950 was visit the Cheese Market. In those days it was pretty low key. The thing I remember the most was the bouncing cheeses. There was a long boat like cradle which was loaded with cheese. One of the men would clap his hands, and then two man (porters) dressed in white would carry the cheese (they had harnesses on...

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  • Laurens Kerk - Laurens Church

    The Grote or Sint-Laurenskerk church is the biggest church in the center of Alkmaar. The building was constructed from 1470 to 1498. The church is dedicated to St Lawrence. Inside is the grave tomb off Floris V, Count of Holland. The two church organs re world-famous. Opening hours: Summer: Tu-Su: 11AM - 5PM

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  • Cheese Market in 1950

    One of the things we did in 1950 was visit the Cheese Market. In those days it was pretty low key. The thing I remember the most was the bouncing cheeses. There was a long boat like cradle which was loaded with cheese. One of the men would clap his hands, and then two man (porters) dressed in white would carry the cheese (they had harnesses on...

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  • Yeah, Yeah, Yeah! Beatles Museum

    Alkmaar has a Beatles museum. It took some time for owner Azing Moltmaker to come to this.He started in 1980 with a Beatles shop at Krommenie, that was turned into the first Beatles museum a year later. The museum moved to Zaandam, but returned to Krommenie again.Finally the museum moved to Alkmaar in a small house at the Kanaalkade, but in 2014 he...

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  • Kaasmarkt (Cheese market)

    The Alkmaar Kaasmarkt (Cheese market). During the summer the traditional cheese trading is being performed. The market is held every Friday from April through early September from 10AM till 0:30PM on the Waagplein.Time line of the market:09.50: - Welcoming the visitors09.55: - Introduction of the bell-ringer10.00: - The bell is rung and the market...

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  • Cheese Museum

    The Kaas Museum (Cheese Museum) is housed in the Waag building next to the Cheese Market.It was started in 1983 inside the Waag building.The museum shows all aspect of cheese making, both at a farm and in a factory.Furthermore there are related paintings and other objects on display.Admission: € 4,00 (adult)Opening hours:-April - October:Mo-Th:...

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Alkmaar Hotels

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  • De Palatijn

    Dillenburgstraat 1, Alkmaar, 1814 JV, nl

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Golden Tulip Alkmaar

    This hotel is situated a bit away from the centre of town in a residential area to the south. It’s...

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  • Best Western Amrath Hotel Alkmaar

    Geestersingel 13, Alkmaar, NH, 1811, NL

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

Alkmaar Restaurants

  • Popular Food Plaza

    Hap Wat calls itself a Food Plaza; it's just a modern snack bar.It's located rather central when entering the old center from the North (bus stops) at a small square with easy connections to the inner city businesses and attractions.

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  • Top Class restaurant

    The Heeren van Sonoy is a first class restaurant housed in a part of the former Hof van Sonoy.The hof started as a convent that was handed over to the city of Alkmaar in 1572. The hof was used a a temporary housing for homeless people. The hof was sold to Diederik Sonoy, who played an important role in the Victory of Alkmaar.The next owner, Willem...

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  • More Fast Food

    Snackhouse Kroky is yet another snack place in Alkmaar; they also serve lunches.Take away and delivery service available.Business hours:Mo-We: 11:30AM - 10PMTh: 11:30AM - 11PMFr-Sa: 11AM - 3:30AMSu: Noon - 10PM

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Alkmaar Nightlife

  • Movies in a historic building.

    De Harmonie was the local Alkmaar theater; nowadays it's a cinema.The history of the building goes back to 1836 when Petrus Walraven the locaal Harmonica started, a coffee house with a room for concerts and theater performances. After a fire a new hall is build in 1867. The big hall has 550 seats.

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  • Central bar

    This is a little bar in the main square, the Waagplein, right by the cheese museum (one of four or five in a row). Go inside and it will be immediately obvious how it got its name! Nothing fancy or pretentious here – just decent draught Heineken and friendly service.

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  • Go to the theatre!

    There's a large theatre in Alkmaar, just across from the Laurens church. You can also rent meeting rooms and catering there.Check the website for events and programme. Dutch people are fairly relaxed with dress code when going to the theatre. Smart casual is how I'd describe it. But you could wear jeans too, nobody would comment.

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Alkmaar Transportation

  • Train

    The Alkmaar station is from 1865 and has been changed over the years. It was build as a standard station (SS) building of the Staatsspoorwegen company. It's one of the Intercity station on the line Amsterdam to Den Helder. Until 1931 steam locomotives were in operation; thereafter the first electric trains served the line.

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  • By car

    Are you nervous about taking your baby or child on a plane trip? You aren't alone, most parents are nervous about it. We have moved with the kids to Alkmaar by car this holiday and drove some distances by car on when we were there and we learned a few things that hopefully will help you. General: Bring books, old favourite toys and new surprise...

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  • Alkmaar local buses

    The following buses are operated by the Maxx company:-1 Alkmaar Station - De Hoef -2 Alkmaar Daalmeer - Alkmaar Station - Alkmaar Overdie-3 Alkmaar Daalmeer - Alkmaar Station - Alkmaar Overdie-4 Alkmaar Daalmeer - Alkmaar Station - Alkmaar Overdie-5 Alkmaar Station - De Hoef/Van Goghlaan-6 Bergen Plein - Alkmaar Station - Heerhugowaard -8 Alkmaar...

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Alkmaar Shopping

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  • Shopping Mall in the center

    The Noorder Arcade is a modern shopping mall.You will find stores like:Albert Heijn supermarketANWB automobile association shopThe Beatles MuseumD-reizen Travel agencyMagazijnshopper.nlMedia Markt Electronics and domesticaTelstar MegastoreBusiness hours:Mo-Fr: 8AM - 9PMSa: 8AM - 5PMSu: Noon - 5PM

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  • Army Goods

    Dump store Sietsma sells surplus Army items. Dump stores are becoming rare in the Netherlands and I was glad this one still being in business. The shop shows just a small part of the stock; in nearby Heerhugowaard is a big hall with bigger equipment and vehicles. Cheap professional clothes and whatever you expect from a dump store.

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  • Fish

    Tol Eerste Volendammer Vishandel is a shop where you can expect fresh sea food. Tol is one of the common names in the village of Volendam and Volendammer Fish Shops can be found in many Dutch cities and villages.I suggest to try the shop and ask for a bun with raw herring. Fish.

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Alkmaar Local Customs

  • Talko to someone who knows ...

    I guess we all agree on this on; there is nothing more exciting than going travelling - exploring another country, experiencing a different culture, travelling around in new ways, sampling the local cuisine and chatting to the local people for a different perspective on life.However during our travels we learned that there is one certain thing that...

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  • Voltage, frequency and plug ins.

    Maybe it sounds a bit weird, but as an experience traveler I know that you every now and then need this kind of information in advance: electricity in the Netherlands is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to the Netherlands with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter.There...

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  • Grolsch -> Just like home sweet home!...

    Let’s make no secret of it. We both like a nice cold glass of beer. Being at our travel pace is always a challenge to find a beer we like, which reflects our taste of having a beer. At Alkmaar (and this probably counts for our entire home country) it was rather difficult. We found out that there are a few local beers, only known in the particular...

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Alkmaar Warnings and Dangers

  • Do drink enough!!!

    For years, we have all been told of the importance of water. The general guideline has been to drink 2 liter of water each day. For a person who is not living an active lifestyle this may be enough, but if you are physically active, you need more water than that. That is especially true if you are hiking in the Alkmaar area due to the fact the...

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  • Reading a map!

    Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, the catchy title of the 1992 bestseller by John Gray, succinctly expresses an ancient dilemma. What--if anything--do men's and women's brains do differently?The general statement that men and women respond and behave differently under the same circumstances is true; For example, from the crib, male babies...

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  • If you wanna have a better view...

    If you want to have a better view, try to go early so you can choose the best spot to see what's going on at the market square. Besides, it's not easy to find a parking space, too if late.Take a look at the pic, isn't it packed? Now you have an idea, eh? ;-)

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Alkmaar What to Pack

  • Travel light!

    * Map and guidebook;* Crackers;* 2 Liter of water;* Fruit / power bars. * Hiking boots;* 1 extra t-shirt;* Shorts with many pockets;* Sunglasses;* Fleece type jacket;* Hat / cap;* Raincoat. * Lip balm;* (Neck) sunblock;* Band-aids. * Camera and lots of SD cards!* Filter;* Extra batteries;* Lens 210 mm. * Binocular;* Compass.

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  • Shoes and Brollies.

    Always wear comfy shoes. Make sure they are shoes you have broken in before or you will suffer for sure. The cobbles on the streets make it next to impossible to walk with shoes with a heel. Also make sure your shoes have a good cushion in the sole, otherwise your feet will suffer. Trust me....I know! If your camera takes batteries, buy plenty...

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Alkmaar Off The Beaten Path

  • Another View.

    Taking a canal trip in this town is a must. It is interesting to see things from a different perspective. Just to see the archetecture in this town is amazing.

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  • Water tower

    Here follow some tips about a visit to the water tower in Alkmaar. It won the Watertower Award 2002 for its original restauration by the architects that now hold office there.

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  • a window

    Part of the outside wall has been broken away to make a window and let in some light. The diagonal shape on the right is the bottom of the water basin.

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Alkmaar Sports & Outdoors

  • Cycling

    Alkmaar is great for cycling. The city is located central between the Northsea coast and the Markermeer.There are several cycling routes leading to interesting places like Broek op Langedijk, Castricum, Egmond, Bergen, Heerhugowaard, De Rijp, Schoorl, Berghout and Hoorn.If you want to explore Alkmaar on foot, you can park you bicycle at no costs in...

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  • the stadion of AZ

    You can visit the stadion of AZ, the DSB-stadion. Aguide is leading you around for an hour. We also had a very nice and tasty lunch overthere

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Alkmaar Favorites

  • Maerten Pietersz van der Meij statue

    At the North side of the Big Church the Maerten Pietersz van der Meij statue is located.He was the city's carpenter, but became famous by smuggling letters to and from the city during the Spanish occupation.The statue was made by Mari Andriessen in 1965.

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  • Alkmaar Police

    If you need the Police at Alkmaar, the main office is at:Mallegatsplein 21815 AG AlkmaarTel: 0900-8844In the old city the Police patrols on bicycles.

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  • Man with calf statue

    At the Bergerbrug, the bridge at the West side of the old center at the Clarissenbolwerk, you will find the " Man met kalf" statue. It's made by Gerrit Bolhuis in 1955.

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