You can't say Alkmaar without saying famous cheese market. Every Friday morning from April to the first Friday in September you can witness how it used to be here. But of course you can also enjoy shopping in Alkmaar, sail through the canals or settle down on a terrace.
Cheese has been traded on Waagplein since 1365. Every Friday morning from April to the first Friday in September you can watch the typical Dutch spectacle of the cheese carriers here. Would you like to know more about the history of Alkmaar and the cheese market? Then plan a city walk or take an Alkmaar Cheese Cruise: this canal cruise departs from Waagplein.
Alkmaar is a city of history and culture and there is something there for everyone. Take a look at the Grote Sint-Laurenskerk or visit one of the museums in the city. In the Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar you can learn everything about the history, the Hollands Cheese Museum tells about the process of cheese making and there is even a real Beatles Museum. This museum is even bigger than the one in Liverpool. Beer lovers can visit the De Boom beer museum, where you can of course not leave without having tasted the barley liquor yourself. In the pleasant center of Alkmaar you can also enjoy shopping or enjoy a drink on a terrace.