Gouda Kaasstad

Cheese Capital

Say cheese and you say Gouda! Gouda cheese is one of the best known and most eaten kinds of cheese in the world. GOUDA CHEESE owes its name to the fact that this Dutch cheese has been traded in the city of Gouda for centuries. To this day, the famous GOUDA CHEESE is still made in the traditional way in the polders around the town, where the cows that provide their milk for the cheese each day can be found grazing. The farmers bring the cheese from the polders to the centre of Gouda, where they are traded on the cheese market.


The GOUDA CHEESE MARKET is a spectacular and historic scene, held every Thursday morning from April 5th to August 30st 2018. Farmers negotiate over the price with the traders in front of the Waag (the Weighing House). The deal is still sealed with a handshake, as it has been for centuries. The cheeses are delivered to and from the market on wagonettes and weighed after the sale in the monumental Goudse Waag building. On several dates during the holidays there is also a GOUDA CHILDREN'S CHEESE MARKET. And if after the cheese market you go in search of the rich history of the city, you will come across our Gouda cheese in various places …

When is the next Gouda Cheese Market?

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The Goudse Waag (Gouda Cheese Weighing House), one of the three most important historic buildings in Gouda, played an important role in the cheese trade for centuries. Commodities were weighed here to determine the tax due on them. Since 1920, only the world-famous Gouda cheese has continued to be weighed here. This magnificent, monumental building currently houses the Cheese and Crafts Museum, where you can learn everything about the history of Gouda cheese and how it is made. The museum is also packed with information on Gouda crafts. Cheese-making demonstrations are held here on a regular basis and you can also watch how Gouda pipes are made. In the shop on the ground floor, you’ll find everything to do with cheese. The Gouda tourist information office is also located in the Goudse Waag.

When is the Goudse Waag open?
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The last cheese market of the season ...

On September 1 the last cheese market of the season took place. For 21 weeks we have enjoyed welcoming tourists from home and abroad. The hustle and bustle and fun atmosphere makes visiting the Gouda city centre a small party each week. At the end of this morning the cheeses were loaded one final time, and the cheese farmers climbed onto the wagonettes for the last time for a while. All that remains is to thank the traders, speakers, cheese girls and boys and all the other volunteers who have contributed to making Gouda such a wonderful spectacle again this year.


Last Gouda cheese market of 2016

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The Gouda children’s cheese market is a happy mix of activities and games in the magnificent, historic city centre. In the lead role: Cheese! This children's event will take placing during the holidays.

Every autumn, Gouda melts the cheese during SensationKaas! Old and new hits and the prettiest cheese girls from Gouda are just some of the ingredients of the full-on SensationKaas Closing Party, the highlight of two full days of theatre, dining and dancing – all based around cheese.


Dates Gouda children’s cheese markets
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Come and discover the historic city centre of Gouda for yourself; everything is within easy walking distance. Stroll through the picturesque streets, take a break on a cosy terrace, and marvel at the fairytale City Hall on the Marketplace, the famous stained glass windows of St. John’s Church, and the atmospheric canals.

Drop by the VVV tourist information office to pick up a brochure containing all highlights and a map. Various walking routes are also available, such as the Gouda Crafts Route, the Gouda Specialities Route and the Water Walk. The VVV also offers packages for a visit to GOUDA: THE CITY OF CHEESE.

For a list of scheduled activities in Gouda, visit www.welcometogouda.com VVV Gouda Tourist Information Gouda


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