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".

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


Alkmaar Cheese Market

Apr. 2, 2022 through Sept. 24, 2022 Alkmaar

Experience the unique theatre of the cheese market in Alkmaar.

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

Discover the centuries old cheese trading tradition in Gouda.

Learn more about cheese

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

Visit the cities of cheese

Edam houses canal with boats


For most people Edam is synonymous with cheese.

The Waag in Alkmaar


A lovely old city centre, the famous cheese market, and the dunes and beach nearby: Alkmaar has it all!

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