Cheese market Alkmaar
Alkmaar is first and foremost the City of Dutch Cheese. During the season, from the first Friday in April thru the first Friday in September, this city hosts a traditional cheese market every Friday morning from 10:00 to 12:30 hrs. The cheeses are sold by the traders via handjeklap (clapping hands). Then the 400-year old cheese carrying guild swings into action moving the cheeses on their typical stretchers to storage after each lot has been weighed in the Waag (Weighing House). The Waaggebouw houses the Cheese Museum with displays about dairy production.
Alkmaar is a historic site containing over 400 registered buildings. The Waag, originally dating from the 14th Century, the 16th Century Stadhuis [Town Hall], the Grote St. Laurenskerk [Great St. Lawrence Church] and the many courtyards, facades and canals make the city a unique experience.
Being the main regional town Alkmaar offers many opportunities to go out including restaurants providing various cuisines, terraces and pubs as well as theatres and museums. The city organizes many events, such as Alkmaars Ontzet [Breaking of the Siege of Alkmaar], Culinary Plaza and the Jazz & Music Weekend. There are plenty of opportunities to relax in neighbouring recreation area Geestmerambacht, city parks or municipal sports facilities.