These are the must-see places in Gouda
The Sint-Jan and its Goudse Glazen
The Sint-Jan church is impossible to overlook, towering high over Gouda. The famous stained-glass windows, Goudse Glazen, are one of its main attractions. Most of these windows were created in the sixteenth century and unique in the world. The museum shop offers a free audio tour that leads you alongside all of the beautiful elements of the Sint-Jan church.
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Gouda’s cheese market was founded in 1198. Before the products were sold at the market, they had to be weighed. This was done at the Waag or weighing house. Today, the weighing house in Gouda is a museum where you can explore the history of Gouda’s cheese market. Are you looking for more inspiration while visiting? The VVV tourist office is also located here.
Gouda Cheese Experience
As of 2020, Gouda offers another top attraction: the Gouda Cheese Experience. The building that houses the Cheese Experience is located in the center of Gouda and looks like a big, tasty hunk of Gouda cheese. Take a unique and interactive journey through the golden yellow universe. From the Milky Way to the Cow. Learn the tools of the cheesemaking trade from real Cheese Master and most importantly: taste the one and only Gouda cheese.
Museum Gouda is the city’s treasury where you will find countless extraordinary items from the history of Gouda. From a dolcel, a madman’s cell in which psychiatric patients were locked up in the past, to the carton molds, Goudse cartons, the original designs of the stained-glass windows in the Sint-Jan church.
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Town Hall and the Markt
When you are visiting Gouda, the Markt and the Town Hall are absolute must-see places. This is where the cheese market is held every Thursday in summer. The Markt is the name of the central square in the heart of the city, a place where the terraces are open in every season. Find a comfortable spot to enjoy a drink and see daily life pass by. The historic Town Hall is an event venue and therefore not always accessible to visitors. There is a sign near the entrance telling you whether the Town Hall is accessible that day.
Syrup Waffle Factory
Gouda is well-known for its stroopwafels or syrup waffles and the most delicious ones of all are made by Kamphuisen. This bakery has been making them with the original recipe since 1810! The Syrup Waffle Factory reveals the secret of the original Goudse siroopwafel. Try a syrup waffle, find the hidden entrance to the factory, and crack the vault with the recipe!