The first Cheesemarket is on friday 25 march
Thousands of visitors from all over the world visit Alkmaar for its cheese market, a particular spectacle which includes a market filled with cheese and hauling cheese carriers. In 1365 Alkmaar was granted weighing rights and a weighing scale, and in 1612 this number increased to four. Exactly when the first cheese market took place is shrouded in mystery. Old documents have been found that confirm the cheese market definitely took place in 1622, but there is also evidence that the cheese bearer's guild was founded in 1593; we can therefore deduce that there must have been a cheese market at that time as well.
09.15 - 09.50 u: performance by the carillon
09.50 - 11.00 u: Verbal presentation to visitors, in Dutch, German, English and French or Spanish
11.00 – 11.20 u: performance by the carillon
11.20 – 12.00 u: Verbal presentation to visitors, in Dutch, German, English and French or Spanish
12.00 – 12.20 u: performance by the carillon
12.20 - 12.55 u: Verbal presentation to visitors, in Dutch, German, English and French or Spanish
12.55 - 13.00 u: ‘closing’ of the cheesemarket
The cheesemarket takes place at the square named Waagplein in Alkmaar.
The cheese market is surrounded by a fun art and craft market. This is where you can find real Dutch ‘poffertjes’, herring, farm cheese, a clog maker, craft stalls and much more!
In July and August, the cheese market takes place on Tuesday evenings from 19.00 to 21.00 o'clock.