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The historic centre has around 400 monuments and is a perfect location to enjoy the historic atmosphere, but also to shop; you'll find the most interesting shops in Alkmaar. In the Langestraat and Laat you will find the bigger and well known store chains. But don’t miss out on the smaller stores and boutiques in d’Oude Stad (Old City). Alkmaar also has a large number of restaurants, many with cosy outdoor seating. Enjoy wonderful museums and events during your stay, such as Kaeskoppenstad.
Welcome to the vibrant Alkmaar, where there is more (to the eye) than you can take in. A city full of courtyards, canals, dozens of terraces and of course the world famous cheese market. But there is more to explore!
Below you will find just some of the wonderful attractions and activities Alkmaar has to offer.
Are you planning on visiting Alkmaar? Then of course you should not miss the famous Alkmaar cheese market Fridays on the Waagplein, but Alkmaar is also a wonderful city to visit on any other day.
In the homely and characteristic streets of the old town you can stroll and shop. It is full of cozy cafes, smaller shops and local boutiques. In the “Langestraat” and “Laat” you will also find stores of many well-known retail chains. Are you ready for a snack or a drink? There is enough choice here!
Are you in Alkmaar for more than one day? Then take a discovery tour to the green landscape. Visit the famous Schermer Mills and the picturesque villages of Graft and De Rijp. In Graft you will find “Bram and Aagie” – the smallest (sweets) shop in the Netherlands.
Alkmaar also offers a special cultural history. From the canals to the beautiful and old “Waaggebouw” or from the “Grote Kerk” to the several windmills in the area. Would you like to discover everything yourself? Then you can pick up a map with city walks at the VVV (Tourist Office) or simply take part in a guided city tour.