Alkmaar, tourist information

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Coat of arms of Alkmaar
Coat of arms of Alkmaar

Number of inhabitants: 90.754
Number of national monuments: 399

Summary of Alkmaar


Weighing in Alkmaar
Weighing in Alkmaar

The city of Alkmaar is located in North Holland and has approximately 95.000 inhabitants. The city is well known as a cheese city. Alkmaar has a beautiful old city center with no fewer than 399 national monuments and even 700 municipal monuments! Alkmaar is a very nice city and definitely worth a visit.


Interesting history of Alkmaar


The Nieuwland Bridge in Alkmaar
The Nieuwland Bridge in Alkmaar

Alkmaar is certainly a city with a lot of history, the city received its city rights in the year (1254), which was granted by Count Willem II. the city is known as a real cheese city. This cheese market was already there around the year (1365) and in the year (1593) the cheese guild was founded.

Alkmaar was located on the east side of Kennermerland and was separated from West Friesland by the river Rekere. The city serves as a border fortress and base in the fight against the West Frisians.

In the 16th century around the year 1509 the building of the town hall was started, this was only completed in 1520.

the year (1517) the city's heyday was over. this was because the city was attacked by the "Armumer Zwarte Hoop" this was a Frisian rebel army also called "De Gelderland Frisians" .

further in the 17th century Alkmaar developed into a center of trade and care.

In the 19th century, King Willem I had a canal dug, this canal went right through Alkmaar. This meant that part of the city walls had to be demolished.


Alkmaar Landmarks


The Nieuwland Bridge in Alkmaar
The Nieuwland Bridge in Alkmaar

It has already been mentioned above that the city has many monuments. The beautiful city center is old and easy to admire, with nice canals, narrow and wide streets. So yes, it's nice to go to cultural heritage. Especially the Waag and the town hall are very beautiful, but by visiting the city there are many more beautiful buildings to view, as an example the oldest house in Alkmaar from about 1472 (Huigbrouwerstraat 24).


Shopping in Alkmaar


Shopping street Alkmaar
Shopping street Alkmaar

In one word, this is also great for Alkmaar! Alkmaar is ideal for good shopping. A surprisingly wide range of known and unknown chains. The longest shopping streets include the Let and the Long street these are connected with countless smaller streets one tail you should absolutely not miss that is the Hekelstraat this is a small historic street with many old buildings where it gives you a medieval feeling.


Activities in Alkmaar


Weighing in Alkmaar
Weighing in Alkmaar

The biggest culture blast is of course the Cheese Market! Be sure to take a look here, come between April 6 and September 7 on a Friday between 10:00 am and 12:30 pm.

You can also catch a movie in the cinema in Alkmaar or take a look at one of the museums below.


MUSEUMS ALKMAARATTRACTIONS ALKMAAR
  • Municipal Museum Alkmaar. Click here for the site.
  • Dutch Cheese Museum. Click here for the site.
  • Beatles museum. Click here for the site.
  • Beer Museum De Boom. Click here for the site.
  • Museum windmill in Schermerhorn. Click here for the site.
  • Museum in 't Houten. Click here for the site.
  • Climb the Grote Kerk of Alkmaar. Click here for the website.
  • Canal Cruise Alkmaar. Click here for the website.
  • Cheese market Alkmaar. Click here for the site. (for more information about cheese markets click here !)
CINEMAS ALKMAARTHEATERS ALKMAAR
  • Vue Alkmaar, cinema with regular program. Click here  for the site.
  • Film house Alkmaar, cinema with special program. Click here  for the site.
  • AF Free His Theater. Click here  for the site.
  • TAQA Theater De Vest. Click here  for the site.
  • Oberon Theater productions. Click here  for the site.
  • Superstar Theater productions. Click here  for the site.
  • The Theater Combination. Click here  for the site.
  • Caravan Festival. Click here for the website
  • Muse Muzette. Click here for the website

 

 


Nature & Parks in Alkmaar


A canal of Alkmaar
A canal of Alkmaar

Around the city center you can walk through the greenery over the city walls (see photo on the right). Furthermore, to the south of the city center, the Oosterhout and Westerhout parks are within easy reach. Further in the center, towards the north, is Rekerhout. It is therefore possible to relax in Alkmaar. Furthermore, Alkmaar is only a short distance from the North Sea and there are many dunes and places with beaches to entertain you.


Steps in Alkmaar


Waagplein Alkmaar
Waagplein Alkmaar


There are several clubs/pubs/bars, including on the Waagplein (photo left) for a fun night out in Alkmaar. Alkmaar, a city that is fully equipped.


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