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Cheese market Tips (12)

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 their shoulders) to be weighed. My dad didn't take a lot of still photos - he was busy taking movies of the action. If I can figure it out, I will post this movie

Currently this is a big tourist destination, and they even have bleachers for people to sit to watch when they come in in big buses. That wasn't the case in 1950 when it was still a real market

I posted a video of how this looks now.

The cheese market is on Friday from the first Friday in April to the first Friday in September from 10.00–12.30 a.m on the Waagplein. It is one of only four traditional Dutch cheese markets still in existence, but you can't buy cheese at the market itself as it really is only a demonstration of how this merchants' market operated in times gone by. But there are stalls around the area where you can buy things. The Waag (weighing house) is also home to the local tourist office and a cheese museum.

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grandmaR
May 31, 2016

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 visitors
09.55: - Introduction of the bell-ringer
10.00: - The bell is rung and the market is opened
10.05 - 10.50: - Verbal presentation to visitors
10.50 - 11.15: - Performance by the carillon
11.20 - 12.05: - Verbal presentation to visitors
12.15 - 12.45 : - Performance by the carillon
12.30 - Cheese Market closes

BTW: the picture is in reality a playable postcard; notice the hole in the center.

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pieter_jan_v
May 19, 2015

Cheese Market

The famous Cheese Market is every Friday from 10:00 till 12:30 at the Waagplein, starting the first Friday of April until the first Friday of September.

A speaker announces what is happening and tells a bit about the history of the cheese market in Dutch, English and German.

It gets very busy!

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Pijlmans
May 23, 2009

weghing the cheese

as per tradition the cheese is weighed with lead weights and then 'auctioned'.

This Friday cheese market still draws the crowds and its great that we travellers can still get the chance to see these famous round cheeses in the traditional setting.

it was great to see that children were very welcome inside the cheese weigh house and allowed to get up close and personal, with the guys happy to interact with the kids what goes on with the cheese!

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angiebabe
Apr 21, 2007
 
 
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Kaasmarkt

The Dutch love their cheese and Alkmaar is famous for having one of the few remaining cheese markets in the Netherlands. Every Friday (10am – noon), April through August, the Dutch put on traditional dress for the region and demonstrate how a merchants’ market operated in the past. Strangely, you can not buy cheese at the market, but nearby stalls allow you to acquire any souvenirs you might like.

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penumbra
Dec 09, 2006

Friday (cheesey?) cheese auction

Each Friday during the summer, bringing lots of tourists to the pretty town centre of Alkmaar.
But those in their colourful outfits were happy to involve what they were doing with the visitors, especially the children.

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angiebabe
Aug 18, 2006

Cheese Market

The Alkmaar Cheese Market takes place in Alkmaar's main square (Waagplein) every Friday at 10 a.m., from the second Friday in April to the second Friday in September. The tour groups arrive early, so try to be there between 9:00 and 9:30 a.m.--especially if you would like to take pictures or make a video.

It is a fantastic sight - do have a look at my travellogue for more pictures!

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tini58de
Aug 13, 2005

Cheese market

During summer season there's the famous cheese market, every friday morning. Be very early to ensure a place where you can see the whole thing, because it's a busy tourist attraction. As a small 12 year old I was there but couldn't see because of the tall people all around me. I had a second chance some 12 years ago. We booked a hotel on the market square and guess what: we overslept!
In September 2006, during our conference, we've arranged that all participants will get a VIP view of the event. So I guess I'll get lucky then!
Hence no photo. So I put up a modern cheese trader: the cheese shop!

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Mar 22, 2005
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"Alkmaar from the inside"
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"another pretty Dutch town - with lots of cheese!"
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"Alkmaar"
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"A little page about Alkmaar"
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"SAY CHEESE"
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Cheesemarket

Although year of 1622 is officially named as the origin of the cheesemarket in Alkmaar, it is known already in 1365 the city ownes a cheesebalance. Cheesemarket is being held on Friday mornings between 10 and 12.30 from April to September. The cheeses are sold by dealers on a clap of hands.

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SnoopySue
Feb 05, 2005

Cheese Market...

It is a lively open-air cheese market where you can take a glimpse of the famous round cheeses being weighed and whisked away using a gondola-shaped wooden barrows. It is staged during summer months at 10am every Friday before the public weighing station.

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Xinta
Jan 14, 2003

Cheese Lovers Town.

The cheese market is a great place to visit on a Saturday. There are also tons of cheese shops in town that are a dream for someone like me. Just give my a crusty bread and cheese and I'm happy.

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crazygal59
Sep 01, 2006

More on Cheesemarket

Don't forget to buy some of excellent cheeses. I would reccomend "Oud Alkmaar", one of the best holland cheeses I have ever tried.

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SnoopySue
Feb 05, 2005

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