Visit to the Alkmaar Cheese Market from Amsterdam
Dutch cheese production is nowadays in the hands of dairy factories, which export their cheeses all over the world in millions of tonnes every year. Alkmaar's cheese markets are reminiscent of times gone by when the trade became so important that it is now a popular tourist attraction. Without a doubt, the Alkmaar Cheese Market is the main attraction of the city. The tradition dates back to 1365, when there was only one scale for weighing and trading cheese, on the Waagplein. The cheese was delivered first thing in the morning, and the cheese market masters and traders would check whether the cheeses were stacked correctly. Up to 30,000 kilos, i.e. 2,200 whole cheeses, are lined up and waiting for customers. People from all over the world come to the popular Dutch Cheese Market to discover how cheese is traded according to a centuries-old tradition.
What we are going to do?
Be amazed by the diversity of Dutch cheeses and step back in time with a guided tour of the Alkmaar Cheese Market. An opportunity to enjoy a colourful and folkloric spectacle. The experience departs from Amsterdam. After a drive of approximately 50 minutes you will arrive in Alkmaar. At the Cheese Market, we will watch how men, dressed in traditional costume, close deals and trade prices for the best cheeses by clapping their hands. After the visit to the market, we will enter the city of Alkmaar to discover its rich history accompanied by a friendly and professional guide. After half an hour of free time to explore the town at our leisure, we will return to Amsterdam.
Amsterdam – Alkmaar – Amsterdam
Return transport from Amsterdam
Guided tour of the Alkmaar Cheese Market
Guided tour of Alkmaar
What should I bring?
The departure point is not the same as the arrival point. On your return, the shuttle will drop you off at Overhoeksplein 51, near the Central Station.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the activity starts. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.