Thousands of visitors from all over the world come specially to Alkmaar for the cheese market. It is therefore a special spectacle with a square full of cheese and lugging cheese carriers. In 1365 Alkmaar had weighing rights and one scale, but in 1612 there were already four. When the first real cheese market took place is shrouded in mystery. Old documents have been found on which it is clear that in 1622 the cheese market took place with certainty, but there is also evidence that in 1593 the cheese carriers' guild was founded; from this we can conclude that there must have been a cheese market even then.
Start Cheese Market:
Each cheese market starts at 10:00 am with the ringing of the bell. After that, trading begins. The market lasts until 13:00h.
The Cheese Market takes place in the city center on Waagplein. Check out the map of Alkmaar.
For directions to the parking garages you can use the PRIS (parking route information system) on the signs.
Parking in general
We discourage you from entering the center by car on Friday morning. Parking is best done in one of the parking garages or lots around the center, such as the P+R lots Bergermeer and Oudorp from where you can take the bus to the center. View the overview of parking lots, parking garages and their rates here.
By public transport
The cheese market is easy to reach by public transportation. Alkmaar has a train station a 5-minute walk from the Waagplein. From Amsterdam it is only 35 minutes by train to Alkmaar. From the surrounding villages you can also take the bus to Alkmaar.