Discover Alkmaar

Canals

The Verdronkenoord, the Luttik Oudorp, the Oudegracht, the Lindegracht ... the Alkmaar canals are like a painting. The best way to enjoy all this is by a boat; They leave every hour from the Mient (1).

Courtyards

Discover hidden hofjes (courtyards) in Alkmaar, such as Splinter's court (2) or the Wildemanshofje (3). It's as though time stood still here.

Museums

In the Alkmaar Stedelijk Museum (4) on the Canadaplein you can learn more about the history of Alkmaar. Works by famous artists are also on display. Also worth the effort; Beer Museum de Boom (5), the Dutch Cheese Museum (6) and the Beatles Museum (7).

Historic buildings in the cheese trade

In the centre of Alkmaar are beautiful historical buildings that take you back to Alkmaar's glory days in the (cheese) trade. A few examples:

  • Cheese warehouse Henneman in the Achterstraat
  • Block of four cheese warehouses in the Pieterstraat
  • Cheese warehouse at the Gedempte Nieuwesloot
  • Cheese factory Eyssen at the Channel Quay
Plattegrond

City walks

Want to know more about the canals, courtyards and monuments in Alkmaar? At the Waagplein (8), get a citywalk brochure at the VVV (tourist information). Or join the guided tour.

Shopping

Alkmaar has been a top 10 shopping destination for many years. In the Langestraat (9) and the Laat (10) you can find branches of all the big retail chains. For the smaller, boutique shops you need to be in the Old Town (11) and other smaller shopping streets.

The world famous Cheese Market

From early April until the end of September, almost every Friday there is a Cheese Market in Alkmaar, from 10 am till 1 pm at Waagplein (12). Here you can make the best pictures of cheese, cheese girls and cheese carriers. There are also a number of evening cheese markets.

Events in Alkmaar

Concerts, festivals, theatre showings. The best events are here in Alkmaar, every day. 

How to get to Alkmaar?

Travelling to Alkmaar by train? The trainstation isn't far from the town centre.  Coming by car?   Then park your car in one of the parking garages located in the centre (P). Within 5 minutes from the canals, shops and museums. 

Accommodation

Overnight in Alkmaar? Discover local Alkmaar. In Alkmaar you can stay in the nicest hotels, apartments and B&B's. We made a listing with all overnight options in our town.

Cycling tour

A day on the bike? Rent one at Alkmaar station or at the Kraak at the Verdronkenoord, and explore.  Tip: The cycling trip ‘Culturele schatten in het Land van Leeghwater’ (Cultural treasures in Leeghwater country) (41 km) passes by the Schermer windmills and goes through Graft and De Rijp.

De Rijp

De Rijp Is located less than 10 kilometres from Alkmaar. Shop fronts, canals, shops and restaurants. Your camera will be working overtime. Take a walk or visit a museum. In the Houten Huis (wooden house), where the history of whalers comes to life. 

Polder de Schermer

The ‘Schermer’, which was drained in the 17th century, is Holland at its best. Especially in the area of Schermerhorn, there are plenty of windmills. At the Museum Windmill, you can view one from the inside.

Graft

Just like De Rijp, Graft has a gorgeous and extremely photogenic town hall. Opposite, is the smallest shop in the Netherlands, where they still sell old-fashioned sweets and treats.

Eilandspolder

Rent a canoe or a small boat in De Rijp or Driehuizen and discover the pretty nature reserve Eilandspolder. This feels like world’s away from the bustling town.

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