The most important date in Alkmaar's history is 8 October, 1573. This is the day when the courageous people of Alkmaar defeated the Spanish army in the Eighty Years' War. Every year to this day, Alkmaar's victory is celebrated around 8 October in what is known as 'Alkmaar Ontzet', and the Victory celebrations.
Fancy taking a look at the Alkmaar of 1573? Visit the historic Kaeskoppenstad festival on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 June, 2017, in the old centre of Alkmaar. A special journey back in time to the year that Alkmaar experienced its important victory.
The Historical Association (HVA) in Alkmaar is committed to preserving all the historic beauty of the city. The HVA organises city walks, excursions and lectures.