Alkmaar is a historic city in the Province of North Holland in the Netherlands, about 10 km inland from the coast, and 40 km north-west of Amsterdam. The city’s population is about 100,000 and the urban area is more than three times that number. Alkmaar is also the regional centre for the northern part of the Province, serving about 600,000 people, and is part of the northern part of the Randstad urban area. The city centre preserves the 17th-century pattern of canals and narrow streets and has many historic buildings. The nearby beaches and dune reserves are easily accessible from the city centre.
On Friday morning, from April to the beginning of September, many visitors pour into Alkmaar. They are interested in catching a glimpse of what Alkmaar is known for, the Cheese Market on the Waagplein. A typical Dutch spectacle. Alkmaar also has a diverse range of museums and, thanks to the many canals, is ideal to explore by water.
City of Cheese
Alkmaar is of course known as the Cheese City and for centuries, the world famous cheese market has been (and has continued to be held) held on Friday mornings from April to September. A true North Holland tradition that shows the world a lot about Dutch tradition and love for cheese. Visitors from all over the world come to witness and enjoy this traditional spectacle every year. Colourful hats adorn the cheese carriers, tasty cheese and hospitable people in the lively market all make a visit to the cheese market one of the city’s highlights.