Alkmaar Cheese Market
ABOVE: A cheese buyer and seller exchange a High Five.
General tourist information
The official Alkmaar tourism site has up-to-date visitor information, hotel
packages, events listings, and more. When you're in Alkmaar, go to the tourist
office at Waagplein 2 and book a walking tour for only two euros.
For information on other towns and sights "between Northsea and IJsselmeer,"
visit Peninsula Holland.
Museums and attractions
Dutch Cheese Museum
The Alkmaar Weighhouse dates back to the 14th Century. Today it houses a museum of antique
dairy equipment, along with displays that show traditional and modern cheesemaking
The town's historical museum is located in a 17th Century militia armory. Paintings make
up the bulk of the collection, but the attic rooms show how Dutch children lived, learned,
and played in 1900. (The Stedelijkmuseum is open year-round from
Tuesday to Friday, 10 am - 5 pm and Saturday/Sunday from 1 pm - 5 pm.)
National Beer Museum "de Boom"
A former brewery houses this museum, where you can see exhibits about the
history of beer and have a glass in the Proeflokaal
"De Boom". The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 1 - 4 pm;
during the Cheese Market season, it opens early, at 10 a.m.
Dutch Stove Museum
Admission is cheap at the Kachelmuseum, which traces the history of
"stoken en koken." The museum is open for only a few hours a week,
and its own Web site was down the last time we checked, so ask at the tourist
office before visiting.
If you prefer church music to cheese, forget the Kaasmarkt: Alkmaar's renowned Hagerbeer/Schnitger organ in the
Laurenskerk is the city's premier attraction, at least for visitors who enjoy world-class
keyboard music. For more information on the church, visit the Dutch-language
Grote Sint Laurenskerk Web
site. Organ concerts usually take place on Fridays during the Cheese Market
Alkmaar Canal Cruises
Forty-minute boat tours depart from the Mient, near the Cheese Market, from
April through October. The schedule depends on the season and weather, with
hourly or half-hourly departures from 11 a.m. daily (May - September) or Monday
through Saturday (April and October). Note: If the link doesn't work, try
Jos Steeman Alkmaar
After you've bought a pallet's worth of cheese or other goods, turn to this
packing, shipping, and air-cargo company for help in getting your purchase
World Sex Guide:
And you thought there wasn't anything to buy in Alkmaar except cheese and candy.
If you're headed for Amsterdam, also see:
Amsterdam Web Guide
Our 29-page Web guide has links to Amsterdam
hotels, apartments, restaurants, museums, coffeehouses, entertainment listings, local
transportation information, and more.
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