Friday morning

10 am - 13 pm

Age

All Ages

Open

April to September

Duration

3 hours

Price

Free

The Cheese Market in Alkmaar dates back to the 14th century and nowadays thousands of visitors from all over the world visit the Waagplein for its cheese market, a particular spectacle which includes a market filled with cheese and hauling cheese carriers. Besides the cheese you can taste many more typical Dutch specialties such as Poffertjes and Haring.

The cheesemarket Alkmaar 2019 will take place from March 29th until September 27th, every Friday from 10 am until 13 pm on the Waagplein.

In July and August the special children’s cheese market is held for 6 weeks on Friday. Children between 6 and 12 years old go with the guide to the part that is normally not accessible to the public. Here they get an explanation and they have an excellent view of what is happening on the market. Perhaps the nicest part of this ‘children’s cheese market’ is that the children themselves are allowed on the cheese scale. They then receive a weighing certificate from the cheese carriers. The children’s cheese market lasts from 10.30 am to 11 am and from 11 am to 11.30 am. Booking in advance is necessary, there is only limited availability.

In July and August extra cheese markets take place on Tuesday evening from 7 pm to 9 pm. In combination with the evening martket there is a fair with local products and crafts.

The cheesemarket Alkmaar 2019 will take place from March 29th until September 27th, every Friday from 10 am until 13 pm on the Waagplein.

Program:

09.15 – 09.50 u: performance by the carillon

09.50 – 11.00 u: Verbal presentation to visitors, in Dutch, German, English and French or Spanish

11.00 – 11.20 u: performance by the carillon

11.20 – 12.00 u: Verbal presentation to visitors, in Dutch, German, English and French or Spanish

12.00 – 12.20 u: performance by the carillon

12.20 – 12.55 u:  Verbal presentation to visitors, in Dutch, German, English and French or Spanish

12.55 – 13.00 u: ‘closing’ of the cheesemarket

The cheesemarket takes place at the square named Waagplein in Alkmaar.

The cheese market is surrounded by a fun art and craft market. This is where you can find real Dutch ‘poffertjes’, herring, farm cheese, a clog maker, craft stalls and much more!

The evening cheese markets will be held every Tuesday in July and August.

Visiting the Cheese Market is free of charge. 

Entrance Cheese Museum:
adult: € 5,00
child: 4-12: € 2,00