Gouda Travel Guide

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City Hall

City Hall


Gouda is 25 kilometers northeast of Rotterdam. The town is mostly famous because it has given its name to the best known kind of cheese from the Netherlands, but the town itself is definitely worth a visit. It has a lot of charm and a lot of old buildings.

The best places to visit are without a doubt the Markt (cheese market on thursdays, which you can't miss) with right on the middle the Gothic city hall, of which you can find a copy in Japan in Holland village. Also on the markt is the Waag: (The old weigh-house for cheese traders). The St. Janskerk is the big church and famous for its glass stained windows. Have a stroll around it's periphery and you will surely find something unusual: There's a marble-cutters and the small candle shop which produces candles for the Vatican. Gouda also boasts a couple of small museums, the biggest one is called Catharina Gasthuis and displays mainly art (paintings, sculptures) and traditional craft work. The most amazing part is the room where toys from centuries ago are presented to the public.

Gouda is also famous for its ceramic festival, traditional pipes and candles. There are also some decent restaurants and cafes.

Part or or all of this text stems from the original article at: Sherrie Gowans


September 01, 2006 change by logrus (2 points)

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