Gouda city centre
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Why go?

Say cheese! Welcome to Gouda, the city of cheese in the Netherlands. However Gouda has much more to offer than cheese alone. There are plenty of things to do and discover in this beautiful historic city full of trendy hotspots and passionate people. From The Markt, the central square with its iconic town hall to the beautiful stained-glass windows of the Sint-Jans church and from street food to the first Fairtrade street in the Netherlands, old and new meet and merge in Gouda. In other words the perfect place to go for a city trip!

See & do

Discover the many activities available in Gouda, from special events like Gouda by Candlelight to lounging on a city beach. We have compiled a list of the must-see spots as well as the places you might not have thought of quite yet.

Historic highlights such as the Waag (weighing house), the historic Town Hall, and the Sint-Jans church, hidden treasures at Museum Gouda, and delicacies at the Syrup Waffle Factory. These are the must-see places when you visit Gouda.

Ripen your knowledge of Dutch food by enjoying a slice of Cheese Valley’s history and attractions.

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6x unexpected Gouda

Gouda is much more than cheese and stroopwafels. These are the top unexpected hotspots in Gouda.

Eating & drinking

It goes without saying that there is good food to enjoy in the culinary city of Gouda. Discover the best places for a romantic dinner, a cosy lunch, or simply a cup of good coffee.

We have selected the best lunchrooms in Gouda for you.

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8x dining in Gouda

Discover the best restaurants in Gouda.

Where to stay

Will you stay overnight in Gouda? These are our favourite places to stay overnight in and around Gouda.

In a water tower, tiny house or boutique hotel: these are the best places to stay in Gouda and the surrounding area.

In 2022, Gouda is the city to spend your vacation! Back in 1272, Count Floris V granted Gouda its city rights and this occasion will be celebrated in style with unique events, ranging from walks across the roof of the longest church in the Netherland to special themed exhibits. The season of the renowned Gouda Cheese Market will be extended and will take place every Thursday, featuring an extensive crafts market. Experience all this in Gouda from April 14 - September 17 2022. Read more!
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Gouda is 750 years old!

Gouda Cheese Experience

Enter the golden yellow universe of the Gouda Cheese Experience, become a Cheese Master and taste the one and only Gouda cheese!

Buy your ticket online.

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