Lying about 15 miles northeast of Rotterdam, Gouda is most famous for its eponymous cheese. One of its most prized attractions, De Waag on the town square, was once a weighing house for cheese traders and now features an exhibit detailing the entire cheese making process. Also on the square is the 15th-century town hall, one of the oldest in the Netherlands. On Thursday mornings during the summer, the town’s Markt turns back into a traditional cheese market, something not to be missed.
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A historic city walk in the historic center of Gouda. You will walk in a small group of max. 20 people. The experienced guides show you the most beautiful and interesting places in Gouda. The small scale of the city is attractive for walking. You will be surprised what Gouda has to offer. You are welcome. Robert
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THE LONGEST CHURCH OF THE NETHERLANDS The great fire of 1552 destroyed much of the medieval church of Saint John. Shortly after the disaster, the council commissioned the reconstruction of the most startling church of Holland. With 123 meters it is also the longest church in The Netherlands THE 72 STAINED-GLASS WINDOWS ARE WORLD-FAMOUS Entering the Church of St. John, one falls silent at the sight of the majestic space with the 72 world-famous stained-glass windows. That first experience will only get stronger when you see the marvellous light by the 'Dutch Masters' invading the Church. The rich history of Holland can be read in the large windows. It is a beginning of an impressive discovery along biblical and historical scenes of human emotions. Then you understand that the Gouda St. John is one of the highest rated attractions in the Netherlands!
After visiting the museum we stopped by the church. As we'd already learned so much at the museum, we just wanted to pop in for half an hour. Therefore we didn't take an audio tour, which is included in the price, and instead walked around by ourselves. We received a leaflet with some information, which highlighted a couple of the gorgeous stained glass windows. We struggled finding the right numbers to go with the texts at times, but overall it was a lovely way to see the church and to learn something while wandering around. The architecture is really impressive and the windows are pure art. Some windows that interested us weren't included in the leaflet, but it is logical that choices had to be made. If we hadn't gone to the museum, we would've probably also gotten the audio tour as I can imagine that it's way more complete. The church also has a little gift shop with a good variety of products . We entered for free as we both have a museumkaart. Regular prices are 9 euros for adults, 5,25 for kids aged 13-17 and kids under 13 can visit for free. I definitely think this is really pricey for a church. If you visit with a family and, just like us, want to walk around for a short while, it will set you back 30 euros for a relatively quick visit. I can imagine that that can be a lot of money for some families. Also, I think it is really important for kids to see churches like these and learn about the history and architecture, so it should be made more accessible. With commissioning these prices; I think they put off people from visiting. Also, many other impressive churches in our country are free. If I hadn't had my museumkaart, I would probably not have gone in. Concluding, it was a lovely visit but I do wish that they would reconsider their prices.
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This is a great Markt on a Saturday. We took the train from Rotterdam and walked to the Markt - very lively - music, all kinds of food, vegetables, meat, fish, etc. The town is beautiful and totally walk-able. Bought some rolls in one place and cheese in another and had sandwiches. This is a much more pleasant and manageable Markt than the large Rotterdam Market which we also did in the Afternoon.
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The Tourist Information Office is also situated here. As you walk around the house you can get close up to the traditional equipment used to weigh and sell the cheese at the market. You can buy entrance ticket to the cheese museum. Pick up a tourist guide to ensure you don't miss any of the points of interest. Cheese is on sale, a wide selection. Try and sample before you buy or just enjoy. Make sure you try the Honey Waffles. One word delicious. If you arrive on a Thursday it's cheese market day. Vibrant, colourful, entertaining and lots to see and do.
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