Alkmaar is rich in cultural heritage, is close to the seaside and has cute shopping streets. Whether you're staying for the weekend or a whole week, there’s more than enough to do.
Alkmaar was granted town privileges in 1254 by William II. For centuries, the city played an important role in the conflict with the West-Frisians. Centuries later, in 1573, Alkmaar was the first city to hold off a Spanish siege since the 80-year war, making it an important milestone in Dutch history.
Spend a leisurely afternoon strolling along Laat and Langestraat, Alkmaar's two biggest shopping streets. If you're in town in summer, catch your breath with a cold drink at Waagplein, which fills up very quickly when the weather’s good. It’s also where the famous cheese market takes place on Saturdays between April and September. You’ll have to get there early if you want to see the traditional cheese bearers at work and enjoy the fun.
The Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar near the Grote Kerk is open all year. The museum is dedicated to the region's cultural history and is highly recommended. End your day of cultural activities at Theater De Vest, which is right next to the museum.
Alkmaar is a very compact city and easy to explore on foot. If you're in Alkmaar on a warm day, hire a boat for an hour at Geestersingel and see the city centre from a different angle. Admire the beautiful facings and stop for an ice cream or a picnic.
Alkmaar has two train stations and a number of city and regional bus services, making it easy to reach the city by public transport. Alkmaar is 35 minutes from Amsterdam by public transport.
If you're travelling by car, you can park in one of the parking garages in the centre of town. Bear in mind that parking garage Karperton is renowned for its narrow parking spaces and very tight turns.
Enjoy a fun time in this cute, green city full of things to see and do.
Cathedrals, Churches and Historical Buildings
Experience the Siege of Alkmaar, see the finery of the rich living in the Dutch Golden Age and discover the fascinating culture and history of the town.
Visit the cheese museum and learn about cheese making throughout history inside Alkmaar’s beautiful 14th-century cheese weighing house.
See where this brave and famous Jewish teenager hid from the Nazis during World War II and recorded her world-famous diary.
This modern museum houses the world’s largest collection of the legendary Dutch master painter who led a troubled life and never saw his work become famous.
This palatial building full of Dutch paintings and international artifacts is the country’s largest public-funded museum.
Amsterdam’s iconic square, with its cobbled stones and grand historical buildings, is a lively gathering place and venue for protests and celebrations.
Visit the charming Dutch town of Alkmaar in this fun 2 hour small group tour! Alkmaar may best be known for its traditional Cheese Market, but the city is bursting with history, cobbed streets, interesting buildings and pretty canals.
The “coolest” hangout in town, XtraCold Icebar, keeps it warm by kitting you out in parkas, so you can comfortably relax and sip drinks in this all-ice venue. Bundle up and head inside to chill out in a bar completely made up of ice, pairing your frosty beverages with thrilling stories of ice-bound explorers.
A warm welcome, a cool beer. 1867 was a ‘dam good year for beer. It was the year Gerard Adriaan Heineken built a new brewery in the heart of Amsterdam. Today, the Heineken Experience opens up a real ‘dam experience.
Unleash your inner rock star at the Hard Rock Cafe Amsterdam, where you can skip the long lines and head straight inside to grab a table at this upbeat and modern restaurant, just a stone's through away from the city's famous canals.
Swing through Amsterdam's can't-miss sights and must-see attractions with one convenient card. With the I amsterdam City Card, you can pop into museums, galleries, and gardens, whisk around town on the city's buses and trams, and enjoy a scenic cruise to check out Amsterdam's iconic canal houses up close.
Spend an evening on the water, savoring fresh-from-the-oven pizza and refreshing drinks as you cruise through Amsterdam's picturesque canals. Enjoy delicious Italian pizzas, ice cream for dessert, and cold Heineken beer as the city sights pass you by.