Dutch cheese production is currently in the hands of dairy factories, which produce and export hundreds of millions of tons of cheese every year. The cheese markets in Alkmaar, Gouda and Edam remind us of the origins of a flourishing cheese trade and have become popular tourist attractions. The Dutch still love cheese and eat about seven pounds of it annually per person. Just like Julius Caesar, let yourself be surprised about the many types of Dutch cheeses and sample the country's "yellow gold".

Top 4 cheese attractions

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Alkmaar Cheese Museum

Dedicated to all things cheese, the museum presents objects which illustrate the history of cheese-making, farm-ing culture and dairy trade in Holland.

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Alkmaar Cheese Market

  • 29 Mar through 27 Sep
  • Alkmaar

Experience the unique theatre of the cheese market in Alkmaar.

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Cheese market in Edam

The Edam cheese market was historically the hub of the city, where farmers brought their cheeses to for sale.

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Gouda cheese market

Discover the centuries old cheese trading tradition in Gouda.

Learn more about cheese

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Types of Dutch cheese

Most people have at least heard of Gouda and Edam cheeses—try the many other Dutch cheese types as well.

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Dutch cheese brands

The cheese industry in Holland is a main economic driver; cheese and flowers are the largest Dutch exports.

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Dutch cheese shops

In Amsterdam, visit multiple cheese shops and taste the flavors of different regions of Holland.

Visit the cities of cheese

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Discover the city of cheese Gouda with its beautiful historic city centre and monuments.

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For most people Edam is synonymous with cheese.

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A wonderful historic city with plenty of cheese, art and culture.

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Cheese farms

Discover how famous Dutch cheese is made.

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