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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

Hash Marihuana Hemp Museum

From the series “Strange, weird and unusual museums amusing its visitors”
Some museum rooms are dedicated to breeding the exhibits - here the various hemp varieties cultivated by the museum staff grow. Since 2003, the large and constantly updated collection of exhibits has been located in the new building, not far from Dam Square. Today, the museum's guests can see more than 6,000 unique exhibits. Although the theme of the museum is quite contradictory and controversial, the numerous tourists have been receiving it for several years. It must be borne in mind that the children under 13 years of age can visit the museum of marijuana free of charge, but only accompanied by adults. … Read further

Castle Muiderslot

From the series “Impressive castles and palaces located on water”
Its name is one of the most interesting stages of the history of the castle. Peter Hoft was interested in the literature and therefore made the majestic castle a literary salon. Outstanding writers and poets, including Jacobs Kats and Bredero have visited the castle. Among the other well-known guests is the world-famous painter Maria Tesselschade Visscher. At this period, the magnificent gardens on the castle's dungeon, which inspired many writers. … Read further
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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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