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Kunst op de Friesebrug Alkmaar
Kunst op de Friesebrug Alkmaar by Faceme @flickr
alkmaar chapel
alkmaar chapel by Jot.Punkt @flickr
Het Alkmaars kasteeltje
Het Alkmaars kasteeltje by Woordenaar @flickr
Theater en Filmhuis Provadja Verdonkenoord Alkmaar
Theater en Filmhuis Provadja Verdonkenoord Alkmaar by Faceme @flickr
Alkmaar by Meino NL @flickr
Alkmaar by Meino NL @flickr
Alkmaar by Meino NL @flickr
Alkmaar by Meino NL @flickr
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Top sigths of Netherlands

When it comes to historic landmarks of the Netherlands, breath-taking medieval castles must be mentioned first. There is an interesting legend about Radbound Castle that was built in the 13th century in order to protect the border with Friesland. During several centuries the castle was an irreplaceable facility until a part of its towers and protective walls were destroyed in 1578. The stones obtained in such a way were used to build a sea dam. Muiderslot Castle was built in 1280 by the order of Count Florice V. In 1609, Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft became the owner of the castle and turned it into a venue for various theatre performances, concerts and balls. Once a severe fortress, Muiderslot Castle has turned into a luxurious palace. Nowadays, halls of the castle exhibit the collections of the State Museum. Travelers are also recommended to visit De Haar Castle, which original design is reminiscent of a traditional Bavarian palace. During its centuries-old history the castle was destroyed several times, but every time it was carefully restored afterwards. Nowadays, visitors are able to see the castle exactly the way it was restored by skilled masters of the 18th century. … Open

Chapters of the guide to Alkmaar

Festivals and events in Alkmaar

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 … Open

Hotels for romantic escape

Those who appreciate comfort and urban convenience will find Apartment Trendy Alkmaar more suitable. It’s ready to offer the most romantic and elegant apartments in the city; each of its three rooms is decorated in inimitable modern style. Premises are designed in black and white scheme. Romantic atmosphere is created by decorative elements of Art Nouveau: nice mirrors in carved frameworks, miniature lamps on … Open

Active recreation

Tourists, as well as locals, enjoy walking along the beautiful streets, canals and amazing architectural sights. Here you can appreciate and admire the magnificence of the city. If you prefer outdoor activities, the best choice for you is to rent a bike, organize a self-guided excursion and explore the picturesque city of Alkmaar. If you prefer the leadership of the professional guide, take one of the numerous … Open

Advices for travellers

2. Go to shops located next to Waag Square for memorable souvenirs. Besides traditional miniature statuettes of mills and tulips, a popular souvenir is cheese. At the fair, you can choose any variety you like. 3. The best time to visit the city is between mid-April and October when cheese fairs are held here every Friday. 4. A popular city transport is a bicycle, traveling on which is … Open

Shopping, streets and outlets

Many charming shops can be found in the historic city streets. Be sure to look into Het Schoenmakertje store. It is quite small, but offers a lot of necessities at attractive prices. They sell very nice locks for suitcases, which many tourists buy as souvenirs, as well as sun glasses, beautiful headdresses and traditional souvenir products. Bierwinkel Alkmaar specialized store is extremely popular with fans of a … Open

Stylish hotels

B & B Daar bij die Molen is truly unique. It’s situated in a short distance from the bustling city center and offers its clients accommodation in fully equipped cottage. The cottage is designed for two guests, it features very nice interior decorated in traditional style. Its decorations include antique furniture and old-style dishes, artistic vases and an abundance of luxurious fabrics. The second floor of the … Open

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