Alkmaar

A quaint, historic town, with a well-preserved 17C townscape and architecture, famous for its traditional weekly cheese market.

Alkmaar has many medieval buildings that are still intact. The other main attraction is Alkmaar's cheese market, one of the country's most popular tourist attractions. The cheese market traditionally takes place on the first Friday in April and the last market of the season is the first Friday in September. After the old-fashioned way of the hand clap, traders and carriers will weigh the cheeses. The demonstration, it is possible to buy all kinds of cheese related products. Alkmaar has two large theatres and a big cinema. A red light district is situated at the Achterdam, and Alkmaar has a nightlife scene as well which takes place in the pubs in front of the cheesemarket.
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