"Gouda - not to be missed" Top 5 Page for this destination Netherlands Things to Do Tip by margaretvn
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A really lovely little city close to our home is Gouda and we often go there for a day out. We have walked to the city from our home a couple of times - it takes a couple of hours but is a nice walk and we are ready for a cup of coffee when we get to the centre! The best place to park is at the station (paid parking) especially during the summer months and the weekends. Of course Gouda is famous for its cheese and every thursday during the summer months there is a cheese market behind the city hall and in front of "de Waag". I love the fairytale like stadhuis (townhall) which dates back to 1450 and is one of the oldest in the Netherlands. You have to wait there until the hour to see the little figures came out of the side wall when the clock chimes. The St Jans church dates from 1485, it was rebuilt in 1552 after being struck by fire. it has some beautiful stained glass windows which were donated by rich catholic benefactors between 1555-1571. One of them was Philip II of Spain. After the reformation though the church became a protestant church. Also worth visiting is the pipe museum and the Stedelijk museum. The Stedelijk museum is in the former Catherina Gasthuis (St Catherine's hospital) and it has paintings from the Hague school. The Catherina Gasthuis dates from the 14th century.
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