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Colors of Alkmaar - traditions, festivals, mentality and lifestyle

The city of Alkmaar welcomes guests with a decent choice of destinations and traditional cordiality. Prepare yourself for a variety of pleasant surprises and multifaceted experiences from this stunning destination. Alkmaar consists of stair-step bridges, canals, ancient paved bridges, gabled roofs, crowned Gothic cathedrals, narrow streets, which suddenly end in historical squares, and the atmosphere of an ancient place typical for the old-fashioned towns of the Netherlands. But the real heart of this amazing city is its residents. Local people are very friendly and hospitable, they differ in moderation and thrift in everything. At the same time, they are always ready to help and assist you.
One of the most romantic and charming hotels of Alkmaar is B & B De Oude Walnoot. It occupies a lovely old villa surrounded by the picturesque rose garden. There are two romantic rooms … Open
The first reference to Alkmaar was documented in the 10th century. At that time it was a fortress on the border in the war against the inhabitants of the Frisian islands. Nowadays it is a famous ancient city, which means "surrounded by water". In the Netherlands, Alkmaar is famous for its huge cheese fair and for the sewing factory that produces a uniform for sailors. On the beautiful antique narrow streets, you will enjoy numerous souvenir shops. The road to the main street of the city passes by the original turret "hofie" of the complex Hof von Sonoy.
In Alkmaar, as well as in all over the country, most of the population speaks common European languages ​​like English, German. So it will be fairly easy to find a common language with residents. Here it is customary to judge a person by his creditworthiness, and they don't like when somebody pretends to be who he is not in reality. The Dutch do not tolerate a disregard for the person, which can cause the similar attitude towards the offender. Residents are also characterized by openness and companionship. This is indicated by large windows in houses without curtains. Everyone can look into the living space of his neighbor without prejudice. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
The Alkmaar cheese market is, without a doubt, one of the main city's shopping attractions, which is best to attend from April to September. It runs on Friday mornings and has long become a … Open
From April to October, every Friday in Alkmaar is a special day. During this time, a cozy and quiet city turns into a center of attraction for tourists from all over the world. Just like several centuries ago, Alkmaar serves as the only and main venue for the famous Cheese Market, or Kaasmarkt. The cheese was produced in Alkmaar back in 1365, and in 1593 it officially received the title of cheese producer. Since 1939 it has become the only city in the Netherlands where ancient recipes of cheese production have been preserved. For twenty-two consecutive Fridays, you will be able to join the crowd at Waagplein in front of the Chamber of Weights and Measures, where the measuring scales have been kept from times immemorial. The fair starts exactly at 10 in the morning, when the bells ring, the Cheese Market is officially opened. Here you will enjoy numerous kinds of cheese, complemented with delicious wine and grapes.
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Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Alkmaar
♥   Sint-Josephkerk, Haarlem, 29 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Grote of Sint-Bavokerk, Haarlem, 29.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   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
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Alkmaar
♥   Castle 'Ilpenstein Castle' , 23.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Brederode Castle' , 24.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Huis ter Kleef' , 29.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Slot Heemstede' , 33.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Muiderslot' , 39.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Huys Dever' , 44.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Slot Teylingen' , 47.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Unique landmarks in Alkmaar and around

Castle Muiderslot

From the series “Impressive castles and palaces located on water”
Already a century later, there was no trace of the fine, exquisite atmosphere prevailing in the castle. The gardens were destroyed and the castle was converted into prison. In the 20th century the historical building was restored. Today the castle is a branch of the Amsterdam State Museum. Recently, the unusual medieval-style attractions were arranged in the palaces. All visitors can try on the ancient armor or costume of the court jester, learn to deal with the old weapons. In the small courtyard you can enjoy the aristocratic entertainment - participate in the falcon hunting. … Read further

Madurodam

From the series “Famous miniature museums of architectural objects and cities”
Of particular interest are bushes and trees planted in the park, whose height is maintained by efforts of gardeners at a level of no more than 60 cm. The history of the park is incredibly interesting. The author of this project is a famous architect Side Yan Baum. The opening of the miniature park took place in 1952. Not everyone knows that it is a real monument to the victims of the war. … Read further

Lisse Tulip Fields

From the series “Top 13 most colorful and picturesque places on the planet”
The extensive plantations of tulips of different colors grow on the huge surface. For a few months of the year the beautiful flowers color the fields in all rainbow colors. The plantations look particularly beautiful from the bird's perspective. The tulips of different varieties form the specific geometric shapes on the earth and intertwine into a huge abstract drawing. … Read further
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Traditions and festivals in cities around Alkmaar

Cityguide on traditions, mentality and lifestyle of people in Alkmaar. Learn the best periods to visit Alkmaar to discover its soul - authentic festivals, events and celebrations. We will also reveal the interesting habits, attitude towards the world and to tourists in Alkmaar.
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