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Culture of Alkmaar. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

The main city attraction has always been the famous Waagplein Square dating back to 1390. It is a permanent venue for holding popular cheese fairs gathering a huge number of international tourists every year. The square is surrounded by beautiful old houses, but its main decoration is the Waag building. Today, the beautiful historic building houses the Dutch Cheese Museum. During the tour, visitors can learn a lot of interesting things about cheesemaking traditions, and taste the best Dutch cheeses at the fair.
In miniature Alkmaar, there is not much entertainment for children. However, it is still possible to plan an interesting family entertainment program. One of the main symbols of the city is … Open
In addition to its excellent cheese, great beer is produced in Alkmaar. One of the city's museums occupying an old brewery is dedicated to the national drink. Next to the museum, there is a bar where guests can sample about 80 different beers. An equally cultural institution is the Stove Museum. In seven halls of the museum, you can see 75 stoves that local residents used for the last hundred years. Also, you have a chance to admire some priceless paintings in the Museum of Arts and visit the Historical Museum, which houses many unique artifacts and ancient documents.
An important religious landmark is the Cathedral of St. Lawrence. Next to it, the main city street begins, on which you can find numerous restaurants and cafes, as well as antique shops. It also accommodates the Town Hall building - a fine example of Gothic architecture. Another remarkable attraction is Huize Egmont, a mansion built in the middle of the 18th century specifically for one of the local burgomasters. The building is striking with its splendor and original architectural shapes. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
National cuisine is characterized by its simplicity, which does not make it less attractive. Marinated herring, potato salads, delicious cheese and beer, an abundance of meat dishes and … Open
During boat trips along city canals, travelers can see the old Piet Mill built in 1769, as well as visit a fish market, which has also become an important attraction of Alkmaar. Among other notable places, attention should be paid the city park where you can see the main symbol of the city - "Alkmaria" monument. If you still have free time, you can also explore the Beatles Museum founded by one of the biggest fans and a beautiful flower park.
In the section below, you can get one of our excursion tickets or city discovery tours over Alkmaar and surroundings. Our website offers 10-30% lower ticket prices, when compared to the offline purchase on the spot.

City tours, excursions and tickets in Alkmaar and surroundings

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Map of all palaces
Public palaces near Alkmaar
♥   Palace 'Royal Palace of Amsterdam' , 30.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Kasteel Drakestein' , 59.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Soestdijk Palace' , 60.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Huis ten Bosch Palace' , 66 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Lange Voorhout Palace' , 67.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Peace Palace' , 68.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Kneuterdijk Palace' , 68.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Alkmaar and around
♥   Art museum 'Frans Hals Museum' Haarlem, 29.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Hermitage Amsterdam' Amsterdam, 31.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Rijksmuseum Amsterdam' Amsterdam, 31.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Van Gogh Museum' Amsterdam, 31.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Stedelijk Museum' Amsterdam, 31.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Alkmaar
♥   Kathedrale Basiliek van Sint-Bavo, Haarlem, 29.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basiliek van de H. Nicolaas, Ijsselstein, 30.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basiliek van de H. Johannes de Doper, Laren, 52.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Kathedrale Sint Maarten, Utrecht, 65.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Sint Catharinakathedraal, Utrecht, 65.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Unique spots in Alkmaar and near

Electric Ladyland Fluorescent Museum

From the series “15 unofficial man-made wonders of the world”
The opening of the museum took place in 1999. The ground floor houses an amazing gallery with paintings that glow in the dark. Visitors have an opportunity to buy any exhibit they like and carry a piece of the unique museum home. In addition to static installations, the collection of natural minerals that glow in the dark is worth noting. All those mineral were brought by the owner of the museum from different parts of the world. … Read further

Sauna Deco

From the series “Most extraordinary thermaes, baths and saunas in the world”
A real Turkish hammam is available to visitors of the Deco complex, as well as two saunas and a hydromassage pool. A courtyard is equipped with a beautiful seating area with a terrace and a garden. Another attractive feature of the sauna is a high-class massage parlor, which employs some of the best specialists in the city. The history of the bath complex is very interesting and inextricably linked to the famous Parisian department store Le Bon Marche. … Read further
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Landmarks of culture on Alkmaar map: art-galleries, monuments, palaces, etc

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Excursions over cultural sights of neighbours of Alkmaar

Culture guide to Alkmaar. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Alkmaar: temples, museums, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Alkmaar. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info!
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