The 15 most beautiful sights and museums to visit in Alkmaar

On Friday morning, from April to early September, many visitors wander around in Alkmaar. They all try to catch a glimpse of what Alkmaar is known for, the Kaasmarkt 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'Old Town you will see numerous historic buildings and warehouses. Alkmaar also has a diverse range of museums and is, thanks to its many canals, ideal to explore from the water. Save your favourite spots on your city guide and experience the beautiful sides of Alkmaar.

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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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Hof van Sonoy

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

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Stedelijk Museum

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

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Het Kruithuisje

Hidden under large chestnut trees is the Kruithuisje. Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in this small 5-metre gallery.

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Lisa tells you about the hidden gems that you should visit as Alkmaarder.

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Grote Kerk

This church from the 15th century can be visited. The beautiful interior is also a regular stage for exhibitions, conventions and concerts.

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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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Platte Stenenbrug

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

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

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Where used to be 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 merchant and warehouses now offer space for creative shops.

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Biermuseum De Boom

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

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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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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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The entrance on 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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Beatles Museum

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

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