The birthplace of the Netherlands’ most delicious food exports - Gouda cheese and stroopwafels - Gouda is a tasty discovery. But there’s more than the legendary Gouda cheese market to put on your city itinerary.
Gouda in a nutshell
Bursting with shops and cafes to explore, a visit is not complete without tasting Gouda cheese. Whether you’re in town on market day or spending the weekend, there’s plenty to see, do and eat. Take a tour along the beautiful canals and watch the world glide by. Walk to De Roode Leeuw, the historic Red Lion Windmill, or check out the action at the Gouda cheese market. Be drawn in by the warm scent of caramel and waffles and indulge in a stroopwafel from a local market vendor. Stop by one of the quaint boutique stores and pick up your very own handcrafted candle or clay pipe.
Things to do in Gouda
First, head to the Market Square and Old City Hall at the heart of the city. The Gouda cheese market is open every Thursday morning from April to August in the square (excluding public holidays). Brilliant yellow and orange wheels of Gouda cheese arrive by wagon and merchants begin their trade as the scent of cheese fills the air. Inside the nearby Goudse Waag (the weigh house) you can learn the history of Gouda cheese at the Cheese and Crafts Museum (after all, it is one of the most popular cheeses in the world).
When you’ve had your fill of Gouda cheese, visit famous Sint Janskerk, a 15th century church with spectacular stained-glass windows. The church is also a popular attraction because of its length; at an impressive 123 meters long, it’s the longest in the Netherlands. Wander the charming streets and get a glimpse of daily life, or visit one of the many museums and historic buildings you’ll uncover along the way.
Less than an hour from Amsterdam by train, it’s no wonder Gouda is 1 of the most popular day trips from the Dutch capital. Whether you’re a fan of Gouda cheese, a fan of important medieval architecture or just keen to witness the impressive displays at the Gouda cheese market, you’ll find something to love. Book a Holland Travel Ticket and get to know this southern charmer for yourself.