"Old town, Alkmaar" Top 5 Page for this destination Alkmaar Favorite Tip by toonsarah
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Favorite thing: The old town has been protected from the invasion of too many modern buildings, possibly in part because it is surrounded by an attractive moat. The main shopping street, Lange Straat, does have some of the usual names you find everywhere these days (e.g. H & M) but has kept its charm and character. The shops themselves are over-shadowed by several more traditional buildings including the Town Hall with its attractive tower. If you’ve reached this street from the station, you’ll pass the Town Hall on your right, and by continuing a hundred metres or so further will arrive at the Waagplein, the heart of the town, where the cheese market is held every Friday from April to September – unfortunately we were there in March so a little too early in the year for this. Whether or not the market is in operation, the square is worth a visit to see the imposing and beautifully ornate cheese Weigh House, more than 400 years old. This houses a cheese museum (which we didn’t visit – how much do you really need to know about cheese???) and a good souvenir shop.
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