Gouda Travel Guide

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Gouda Highlights

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     Very centrally located, lots to do and see. 

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     The old city centre is not that big. 

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     certainly worth a days visit! 

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  • Grote of Sint Janskerk

    The first church in Gouda with this name was built well before Gouda obtained its city rights in 1272. It was not until 1280 that a Sint Janskerk was mentioned on its current place. This building was damaged several times and completely destroyed by a fire caused by a lightning in 1552. In the following years, the church was rebuilt. The artists...

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  • Visit Sint Jans Kerk (St. Johns Church)

    I think the most beautiful and impressive thing about Sint Jans Kerk (dedicated to Saint John the Baptist) was its arched entranceway. Sorry the photos of the stained glass windows did not turn out.

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  • Breath-taking Light Show

    Though Christmas and its Christmas-tree is not that Dutch, Gouda-city celebrates its Happy Holidays-time in a very happy way. And already for the 51st time!At the opening the Queen and family sometimes join this Christmas event when thousands of candle lights will shine their glittering flames. Some famous Dutch artists will create artificial light...

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  • St Janskerk - stained glass windows

    These 16 centuary stained glass windows are magnificant. The windows done in the period 1555 - 1571 portray religious themes when Holland was still Catholic and post reformation the windows in the period 1572 - 1603 are more secular.window 6 depicts the story of Jonah and the whale, whilst window 13 sees Jesus as a 12 year old boy.There is a good...

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  • St Johns

    St Johns is with 123 meters, the longest church in The Netherlands. It was built in the 15th and 16th century, and was destroyed by fire three times. Inside you will find 64 marvelous stained glass windows.

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  • Take your time

    One could easily spend an hour on each window. Especially if the church verger guides you around.Unfortunately, of the two hours we spent here, there will probably be only 90 seconds left of it in the TV programme.Enlarge the picture and you see the verger explaining things to the...

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  • Visitors information on St. Jan

    St.John's Church with its stained glass windows can be visited every weekday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; from November 1st until March 1st from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Easter Monday, Ascension Day and Whit Monday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The church is closed to visitors on Sundays and also on 25th and 26th December and on New Years's Day.

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  • Spartem Nacti

    When you explore a place, you come across the most interesting buildings and decor to buildings. That was exactly what happened here.

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  • Spartem Nacti

    When you explore a place, you come across the most interesting buildings and decor to buildings. That was exactly what happened here.

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  • Picknic next to the canal

    Why not pack your own lunch and go and enjoy it on one of the benches next to the canal. You can sit there quietly and enjoy nature and greet the people going past whilst walking their little doggies.

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  • Zakje Patat >>>

    The year of 2006 was a warm year and, a record for its warmth. So the cold of the December-nights was not that surprisingly, and in the cold we welcomed the little fast-food on our way to the centre of Gouda. Mr. Bram Ladage and his wife we know form the good old days, so it was nice we bumped into the fast-food shop of Bram Ladage...Special note:...

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  • Gouda stroopwafels

    Apart from cheese, Gouda is also famous for stroopwafels which are thin syrupy waffles. The best ones use fresh butter for the caramel filling. They are mouthwatering delicious especially when bought warm and fresh from one of the many bakeries and then washed down with strong hot Dutch coffee.You can also buy them in Delft Blue style ceramic...

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Gouda Transportation

  • Bicycle

    A great way of exploring the surroundings of Gouda is by bike. But if you want to enter the city center, it is best to park your bike and go on foot. There is a huge bicycle parking behing the weighing house at the market square. Here you can leave your bike for a couple of hours.

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  • Going by train

    Gouda is a very centrally located city. The easiest way to get there is by train. There are trains to Gouda directly to and from the biggest 4 vities in The Netherlands. They are Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht.For all these directions the train will take you to Gouda in less then an hour. A 2-way ticket from Amsterdam costs 16,10...

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  • any way you like

    we, of course, took our little Smart car there. The ideal place to park is near the railway station as parking in the city is very limited. There are good bus and trains links to others cities though. You can cycle of course because there is a good bike lane system.

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Gouda Shopping

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  • Scarves shawls ladies fashion

    Leezza is a small shop in the city centre with the largest collection of scarves - shawls in town. At Leezza you can buy original Dutch scarves: printed 100% silk Volendam costume photography. The picture on the scarf is taken 1955, a small boy in Volendam costume.Further there are dark blue prints 100% cotton with an original Dutch print. The...

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  • t'Kaaswinkeltjie

    This little cheese shop was the best one that we went into. The variety to taste and on sale was by far the best in town. Cheese

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  • Buy Gouda Cheese

    When in Gouda buy cheese, actually in Holland there are many shops that sell rounds of cheese and deli selection. There all types of varities of cheese, chedder - mature & young, Edam, Gouda, Leerdammer goats, sheep with herbs, smoked & so the list goes on.On Thursday mornings July & August there is a cheese market in the market square.The dutch...

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Gouda Local Customs

  • Eating it fresh and raw

    I think this is a new take on sashimi for me. Eating raw herring is not my idea of fun, but the Dutch and Belgiums seem to really enjoy it. I caught this gentleman on camera. The way the do it is to hold their heads backwards and then slowly putting the little fish in their mouths and biting off what they can chew.

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  • Doing it in tandem

    I was quite amused by this tandem bike for mom & daughter. Suppose little missy want to feel independent.

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  • Family bicycles

    The one thing that we noticed throughout the Netherlands was the mommies lifting their children on the bike. Baby in front and older brother/sister on the back. Lovely!

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Gouda Warnings and Dangers

  • City Centre (Centrum) After dark

    For the most part, Gouda is a relatively safe city, but you do need to be careful just like anywhere else. If you are out late, stick to the well lit areas and avoid the narrow laneways and large groups of foreign nationals which aren't always so welcoming.

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  • Ringing bells

    When you climb up the St. Jan tower you'll find this sign, put up by the Church Council to warn you for the loud noise that the bells make on the whole hour.It says "WARNING. Being near the church bells during ringing is life-threatening.The Church Elders."

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  • Car burglary or theft

    Gouda seems to have a high rate for petty crime. That's what a council man told us.When you park your car, make sure everything of value is taken out before you leave it.If the police notices a broken into car, it is towed away and will cost you about € 170 to get it back from where it is kept.But if you look at the picture, you'll see things could...

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Gouda Tourist Traps

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    by TheDunno Updated Feb 21, 2003

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    Most foreigners will associate the name Gouda with Cheese. In fact there is no real Gouda cheese.

    Th old Gouda cheese market had high demands on quality so only the best could be traded there. Gouda Cheese in now a name only used for export and stands for quality Dutch cheese. The chance that the Gouda cheese you buy is actually made in gouda is very little, since Gouda doesn't have a cheese factory. I have yet to see cheese "Gouda cheese" in a dutch supermarket

    A little side note: The best Dutch cheese is not exported; we keep that for ourselves ;-)

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Gouda What to Pack

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    GOUDA ST. JAN

    by ATLC Written Apr 19, 2003

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    Miscellaneous: If you visit the St. Jan church, take your binoculars. Although there are telescopes at fixed points in the church, it gives more freedom to have your own binoculars.

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    • Family Travel
    • Historical Travel
    • Arts and Culture

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Gouda Off The Beaten Path

  • The organ of St. Jan

    The organ was commissioned in 1732 by the mayor of Gouda to Jacob Francois Moreau, from Rotterdam. It cost € 5210 at the time and took 2 and a half years to build.The organ front was designed by Hendrik Carré and the total cost of the organ was € 21623,54 which was a huge amount in those days.Photo of the organ front can be found...

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  • Shopping in Gouda

    Although a small town, Gouda is also a perfect town for shopping. Small elegant shops can be found both in Markt or on the adjacent streets.We’ve found very good prices especially on clothes and other small souvenirs.

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  • Three little boys playing

    Found this little piece of art behind some cars in an area where officially i wasn't supposed to be. But then one shouldn't put up works of art at a place where you can glimps it but not see it properly when it gets a bit crowded with cars... So i just walked up to it and had a good look...

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  • The city walk

    The tourist information offers a city walk in various languages for sale. Actually there are 2 versions of the same walk. One ios in a brochure with names of restaurants, hotels and all that. And there is a more specialised one with more detailed information of the buildings and some streets. I took the last one but i forgot what i paid for it....

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  • Tourist information office

    The Tourist Information office you can find on the main Square on the side where the back of the city hall is turned to. It is located in an old building with the name Arti Leggi that dates back to 1855.

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  • Cheese 2!

    - By the way, what's the name of the "church"?-Church? It isn't a church. It is the City Hall !!!-City Hall??!!!!!!! Damn, I though it was the famous Gouda's Saint Jacob. -No, this is the city hall. We will take you to Saint Jacob but it is not open today and you will need a flash to take pictures even outside because is dark already.-No flash , no...

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