Visit Alkmaar for the first time and you will always be drawn back to this gem of a town located only 15 minutes from the North Sea Beach. Strolling past the listed buildings, canals, shops, museums and terraces, you’ll be amazed at the beauty of the old town centre.
The famous Cheese Market in Alkmaar dates back to the 14th century and nowadays thousands of visitors from around 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.
There is much more to experience than just cheese. Join a guide during a city walk to make sure that you discover the most unique spots in Alkmaar. Another great way to discover the town centre is by tour boat. From the water you get a completely different view of the city.
Fancy a day of shopping? In addition to a great selection of major chain stores you will also find plenty of boutiques located in the inner city. The small streets are car-free and the historic old town is around the corner. In the oldest shopping and craft center in Alkmaar you will find unique shops and restaurants. The ideal combination for a day out.
Discover the history and art at the ‘Stedelijk Museum’. The collection of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century paintings is outstanding, with masterpieces of national significance. The museum is also known for its large collection of Bergen School works.
Next to the Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar is theatre ‘De Vest’ with a varied selection of shows for an amusing night out.