Visit Alkmaar

From 15 June 2020 it is possible for tourists from a number of countries to visit Alkmaar again. You must adhere to Dutch measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus during your trip. Check this page for all measures.

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Alkmaar: welcoming & safe

Together with the local entrepreneurs, we do everything we can to give you a warm welcome during your stay and to make you feel comfortable and safe in the city. That’s why we've set some guidelines for you:

  • Plan your visit by using this WhatsApp number. The Whatsapp number helps visitors to the city center of Alkmaar to avoid crowds.
  • Clear communication in the city to keep 1.5 meters apart 
  • Welcoming city hosts are ready for you if you want extra information or if something is unclear
  • Local entrepreneurs do everything they can to make sure you enjoy your stay in Alkmaar & of course as safely as possible 
  • Free guarded bicycle shed at Canadaplein

Go to this page for the most frequently asked questions and current information about COVID-19.

Restaurants, cafés, bars and terraces

From 12.00 on 1 June restaurants, cafés, bars and terraces will be open again under certain conditions:​

Rules inside:

  • You must always keep a distance of 1.5 metres
  • In indoor spaces, a maximum of 100 people may gather. Staff do not count.
  • More than 100 people are allowed. But only if you reserve a place. And you will get a health check.

Rules outside:

  • You should always keep a distance of 1.5 metres outside.
  • In outdoor areas, 250 people may gather. Staff do not count.
  • More than 250 people are allowed in places with fixed seats. You must  make reservations and you will get a health check.

Nightclubs and similar dance venues will remain closed for the time being.

As of 10 August 2020, restaurants, cafés and bars must ask guests to provide their names and contact details for contact tracing by the municipal health service (GGD) in the event someone is infected.


Most shops in Alkmaar are open. Shops have taken measures to ensure that people can observe physical distancing, for instance by limiting the number of shoppers.

If you want to go to one specific store, check their opening hours online. All supermarkets in Alkmaar are open at regular times.


The ban on events that require a permit was lifted on 1 July 2020. It is up to local authorities to decide whether organisers can satisfactorily ensure that those who attend the events will be able to stay 1.5 metres apart and to lay down any additional conditions they deem necessary. 

The Cheese Market will not take place until at least 1 September.



Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar is open to visitors again since 1 June. You must book your visit beforehand on line (only in Dutch) or by telephone

National Beer Museum the Boom is still closed.

You can visit the Cheese Museum daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For the time being, ticket sales go exclusively through the VVV Alkmaar at the entrance of the Cheese Museum. Due to the limited availability, we advise you to reserve tickets in advance at the tourist information desk or by phone: +31 72 511 42 84. The Tourist Office can be reached by phone daily between 9.30 am and 5 pm and on Sundays from 11.30 am to 5 pm.

Schermerhorn Museum Mill is open to the public again. The Museum Mill is open from Wednesday to Sunday between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm, only after reservation via telephone number +31 72 3030 246. You reserve for a specific time slot. 

Museum in 't Houten Huis is open from Tuesday to Sunday between 13.00 and 17.00 pm. It is not necessary to book a ticket.

The Grote Kerk is reopened to the public again. The church & the exhibitions can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday from 12:00 to 17:00 pm. It is no longer necessary to book a free ticket for your visit to the church in advance. However, there is a restriction on the number of visitors that may be present in the church at the same time. Would you like to be assured of access at a specific time slot? Then it is still possible to reserve a free ticket in advance via the website. Book a ticket via this page.

Public spaces

  • Libraries are open and have taken measures to ensure that library users can keep a distance of 1.5 metres.
  • Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can admit up to 100 people per auditorium (not counting staff). Visitors must make reservations and possible health risks must be assessed beforehand together with the visitor. Everyone must maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from others.
  • VVV Alkmaar Tourist Information is open again.


Hotels are allowed to welcome guests. The restaurants of the hotels have to follow the guidelines that apply to the catering industry.
Here, too, people must stay 1.5 metres apart unless they are members of the same household.

Basic Rules for everyone

We can only take the next step forward if everyone follows these rules. During a trip to The Netherlands you must adhere to Dutch measures:

  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Avoid busy places.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
  • Avoid shaking hands.
  • Stay 1.5 metres (2 arms lengths) away from other people.
  • If you develop symptoms, get tested and self-isolate in your accommodation.
  • Avoid using public transport. (If you have no other option but to use public transport, you must wear a non-medical face mask.)

Check the government's step-by-step plan here.

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