So, the cheesy story continues, Gouda, Netherlands

In Europe, Far, Netherlands, Our Journeys, Road Trips, Trip-Types by Janis0 Comments

Or so you thought

As part of our ‘Tulips & Cheese’ road trip, we were based in Utrecht for a few nights.

From here we had planned a day out on the road to visit Kinderdijk (UNESCO World Heritage site) & we also wanted to have wander around Gouda, another famous cheese town, before we returned to Utrecht that evening.

Like most places in the Netherlands, Gouda not far from anywhere so you can make it a day trip

  • Amsterdam – 50 miles/81km
  • Rotterdam – 15 miles/24km
  • Utrecht – 29miles/47km

Or by rail it’s

  • Amsterdam – 54 minutes
  • Rotterdam – 27 minutes
  • Utrecht – 27 minutes
  • Schiphol Airport – 61 minutes
The side of the townhall, Gouda, Holland, Nethelands

First impressions

A few days earlier we had visited Edam; I was immediately struck by how small the town/city was, for some apparent reason I thought it was going to be bigger, I certainly wasn’t disappointed though, Edam was a lovely picturesque town.

So, we headed off to Gouda, having briefly popped in there on a previous road trip to Amsterdam, we had already had a slight taster….but there is always room for more.

The spire of Sint-Janskerk, Gouda, Holland, Nethelands

Parked up along one of the many scenic canals, we went to explore.

Gouwekerk, Gouda, Holland, Nethelands
Museum Gouda, Gouda, Holland, Nethelands

Gothic

Gouda’s Market Square is amazing; its unmissable centerpiece is the extremely imposing Gothic Style City Hall. Built between 1448 and 1450 after a devastating fire swept through the city and heavily damaged the previous town hall.

The gothic entrance to the Townhall, Gouda, Holland, Nethelands

It truly gives the wow factor, particularly with its high reaching turrets piercing the skyline and the eye-catching red window shutters.

The Townhall in central square, Gouda, Holland, Nethelands

Waag

Although the City Hall is the primary focus in the square, all around the perimeter are some amazing Dutch architecture filled with shops, restaurants and bars.

Hotel de Zalm, Gouda, Holland, Nethelands

Sitting directly opposite the City Hall is the Waag (Weigh House), built in 1667 de Waag is no longer used to weigh cheese for levying taxes, it is now a cheese museum.

Waag, Gouda, Holland, Nethelands

Cheese

Before 1987 Gouda used to host an official cheese market in the square opposite the Waag. Now the cheese market is only held for tourist purposes every Thursday morning, between early April and the end of August.

The cheese shop, Gouda, Holland, Nethelands
Gouda and its cheese, Gouda, Holland, Nethelands

We weren’t in Gouda on a Thursday. However, we witnessed a similar display in Alkmaar. If you are in the vicinity of one of these cheese markets it is definitely worth watching; they are great fun and very popular.

This was our short video from the Alkmaar cheese market.

Try not to miss

Thursday is cheese market day, held between early April & the end of August.

Sweet tooth

Before taking a further stroll around the town and the canals we decided to sample the local delicacy of Stroopwafel, a syrup waffle.

This sweet biscuit is created from two thin layers of baked dough, complete with a sticking syrup filling the middle.

Stroopwafel and coffee, Gouda, Holland, Nethelands

Originating in Gouda around 1810 by a local baker, they continued to be produced solely in Gouda until 1870. Now, these little treats are produced throughout the Netherlands.

Tearoom Van den Berg, Gouda, Holland, Nethelands

They are wonderful with a hot drink, not too sure if it’s the done thing, but they are rather nice dunked into your drink, which makes them soft and gooey.

Home Produce

Although you can get Stroopwafel all around Holland, it good to try these treats in their hometown.

Amongst the canals

After our pit stop, off we head again to discover more of the attractive city. Gouda has a relaxed air about it and doesn’t need to be rushed, so take you time and enjoy.

The canals of Gouda, Gouda, Holland, Nethelands
The Fish Market, Gouda, Holland, Nethelands

Inspired?

To visit Gouda? Although we didn’t stay at Gouda, after visiting we’d certainly consider on a return trip to the Netherlands

You could used it as your own base for a Tulips & Cheese roadtrip. Why not check out the latest deals on Booking.Com?

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The cheese shop, Gouda, Holland, Nethelands

Have You

Seen the Cheesemarket at Gouda? How does it compare to the one at Alkmaar?

About the Author

Janis

Janis, the co-founder of Our World for You, was born in London and raised in Kent and the Isle of Wight. Along with Gary her partner, they have been travelling part time since 1995. In 2016, they decided that enough was enough with the 9 to 5, so armed with the knowledge and experience that they had gained on their adventures, that they wanted to inspire others to travel the world near and far.

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So, the cheesy story continues, Gouda, Netherlands was last modified: July 24th, 2017 by Janis