About the City of GoudaThe city of Gouda, is a beautiful city where it's a lot of fun to walk around the alleyways. Gouda was founded in the 13th century, and was shadowed by the fortress that protected it. The fortress was destroyed in 1577, and brought about the city's decline. In the 17th century the cheese trade brought about a resurgence to the city, especially since the cheese is named after the city itself.
Try to find time to visit Gouda. It an impeccably sweet and ancient city, with a quiet atmosphere, even during the market days. As you stroll around you will feel relaxed, and you will find yourselves walking around with a smile on your face.
About Gouda's Weekly Cheese MarketOn Thursdays between 10:00 am and 12:30 pm, the cheese market takes place (Gouda Markt). This market is well-known in all of Holland, thanks to the delicious yellow round cheeses, laid on the ground in the center of the square. This is a local market, as well as a tourist one, walking around you will hear many languages and see the "authentic" Netherlands up and close.
In the square you can see how haggling is done between the farmers who offer the cheese for sale and the merchants who come to buy. The sellers in the cheese stands are dressed in traditional clothes and willingly explain to buyers and even those who are just interested in cheeses and the way they are prepared.
Opposite the impressive city hall is the Waag, the weighing station, built in 1668. The old building has scales that used to weigh the cheese bundles. Today, these who are mainly touristy, and one can receive a weighing certificate as a souvenir. In the building you can also enter the Museum of the History of Cheese Trading, in Gouda itself and in the Netherlands in general.
In addition to the cheeses, a range of traditional Dutch products are sold in this market, from painted Delft and Dutch wooden clogs to cloths and clothing and various products, in a weekly market like the rest of the world.
TipsTry to arrive early - the market opens every Thursday, between 10:00 am and 12:30 pm in the main center, in Dutch the "Markt." From 12:30 pm they stalls already begin to close, and those who are late won't see any signs of the market after that hour.
Payment in the stalls are only by credit cards.
You should try to come here on an empty stomach, the market has many food stalls.