You’ve probably heard of Gouda before, even if you’ve never been to Holland. The city of Gouda owes its worldwide reputation to the cheese of the same name. The historic old town is well worth a visit.
- The St. John’s Church is famous for its stained glass windows from the 16th century.
- Every Thursday from April to August the traditional cheese market takes place in the historic centre.
- In the pre-Christmas period, Gouda by candlelight is an unforgettable experience, because then all of Gouda shines in the light of the candles.
In addition to cheese, Gouda also has other products known beyond its borders, such as candles, various types of beer and delicious syrup wafers (stroopwafels).
Gouda: Cheese and market
Gouda cheese probably knows every child. And indeed, the historic town gave its name to the famous cheese. Gouda cheese accounts for around 60% of Dutch cheese production, with the cheese being produced in the surrounding countryside rather than in the town itself. If you visit Gouda in spring and summer, you will experience the traditional cheese market in full swing. In the market square between the Waag (Waaghaus) and the town hall, cheese is traded almost exactly as it was several centuries ago. By the way: The town hall (stadhuis) is one of the oldest gothic town halls in Holland and definitely worth a few photos. Opposite the Stadhuis is the Goudse Waag. In the historical building from the 17th century, the world-famous Gouda cheese was weighed in former times. Today, besides the tourist information, the cheese and crafts museum is housed here. Especially in combination with a visit to the cheese market (on the central square in front of the town hall) on Thursday, the museum visit gives an informative insight into the significance of Gouda as a cheese town.