Discover Alkmaar :

One of the largest cheese markets of the world

“Kaaskoppenstad”, or Alkmaar is 15 minutes by car from Oudkarspel. Alkmaar is not only known for its cheese market and football club AZ, but has several old buildings that have existed since the 16th century, such as the Town Hall and the Excise Tower on the Bierkade.

The Cheese Market / the Dutch Cheese Museum
Are you curious about the history of cheese, how cheese is made and how different flavors arise? Then go to the Dutch Cheese Museum in Alkmaar. There you can discover the history of the world famous North Holland cheese.

In addition to the Cheese Museum, there is also the Cheese Market on the Waagplein in Alkmaar where you can also discover the history of cheese. The Cheese Market is visited annually by hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world and can be visited from Friday March 27th to September 27th.

Municipal Museum Alkmaar
The Municipal Museum Alkmaar is one of the oldest museums in the world! In the museum you will find Old Dutch art and painting, city history and a special collection of modern art.

Restaurant de Heeren van Sonoy
Good and tasty food at an acceptable price in a unique location: You will find that the Heeren van Sonoy have it all. The Hof van Sonoy used to be a monastery and that makes for a unique dining experience. To dine in the Tower of Sonoy, you will have to climb 76 steps first, but rest assured that delicious food and a beautiful view over the city will be there waiting for you.