The 15 most beautiful sights and museums to visit in Alkmaar

On Friday morning, from April to early September, numerous visitors wander around in Alkmaar. They all try to catch a glimpse of what Alkmaar is known for, the Cheese Market on the Waagplein. A typical Dutch spectacle. But in the city centre of Alkmaar there is so much more to discover than cheese. Walking through D'Oude city you will see numerous historic buildings and warehouses. Alkmaar also has a diverse range of museums and, thanks to its many canals, is ideal for exploring from the water. Save your favorite spots on your city guide and experience the beautiful sides of Alkmaar.

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Het Kruithuisje

Hidden under large chestnut trees lies the Kruithuisje. Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in this small gallery measuring 5 by 5 metres.

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Stedelijk Museum

Historical photo collections, toys from the old days, painting and modern art. Get to know the history and culture of Alkmaar.

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Grote Kerk

This church from the 15th century is on display. The beautiful interior is also a regular venue for exhibitions, conventions and concerts.

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Hofje van Splinter

Away from the busy and noisy city centre? Then step into this hidden courtyard and enjoy the tranquility of this historic courtyard garden

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In the Langestraat it is difficult to get around this national monument. You can regularly see newly-married bridal couples coming down the stairs.

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Experience the world of Cheese in this museum in the Waaggebouw through historical objects, interactive games and audiovisual stories.

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Beatles Museum

Who doesn't know John Lennon, Paul Mccartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr? Here you will find all about The Fab Four, the Beatles.

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Platte Stenenbrug

Around the Platte Stone Bridge you will find cozy cafes and you can enjoy the sun on the terrace. From here you walk into the Old Town.

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Hof van Sonoy

This building has had many functions over time. From monastery to restaurant. A place where the rich history is still felt.

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Biermuseum De Boom

What is malting and why is yeast so important? In De Boom, they like to tell you all about it. Tasting can also be done in the tasting room under the museum.

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During the summer, let yourself be surprised by a concert or performance on this cultural square or rest at one of the restaurants.

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Where used to lay the vegetable garden of a castle, you can now find the cabbage garden. One of Alkmaar's most beautiful streets with a few nice shops and a pub.

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d'Oude Stad

Let yourself be surprised by the unique character of the streets in this district. The old merchants and warehouses now offer space for creative shops.

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Cadeau & Verzamelwinkel

With more than 60,000 miniature cars the largest car showroom in the Netherlands. But also nostalgic toys made of wood and tin can be found here.

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The entrance to the Oudegracht is not to be missed thanks to the 'wild Hercules'. Behind the door you will find a beautiful, symmetrically landscaped courtyard.

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