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Alkmaar

Travel Guide
Waag showing street scenes and cycling

Experience a traditional cheese market, hire a motorboat and potter around the canals, explore the surroundings by bike, and relax at one of the numerous sidewalk cafés.

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.

King's Inn City Hostel - Hotel Alkmaar
King's Inn City Hostel - Hotel Alkmaar
3 out of 5
Koningsstraat 6, Alkmaar
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £57 per night from 25 Jul to 25 Jul
Located in the heart of Alkmaar, this hostel is steps away from Cheese Market and Hollands Kaasmuseum. Stedelijk Museum and Egmond aan Zee Beach are also within ...
3.9/5Very Good! (208 reviews)
Fabulous original hostel/hotel
"Awesome... staff could not have been more helpful. Carried my bag to my room as I have an issue with my femur. Thank you! I’ll be back and will be recommending... fabulous city & top rate accommodation..."

Reviewed on 8 Nov 2019

King's Inn City Hostel - Hotel Alkmaar
Amrâth Hotel Alkmaar
Amrâth Hotel Alkmaar
4 out of 5
Geestersingel 15, Alkmaar
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £100 per night from 25 Jul to 25 Jul
Located in the heart of Alkmaar, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Stedelijk Museum and St Laurenskerk. Hollands Kaasmuseum and Waag are also within 15 ...
4.2/5Excellent! (730 reviews)
A pleasant surprise
"We found a great hotel room waiting for us in Alkmaar, with a fantastic view over the old town and a balcony to enjoy it. The hotel is a bit older, however, well-kept and looked after. Our room, for example, came with a nice seating area as well as outdoor furniture on the balcony."

Reviewed on 3 Aug 2020

Amrâth Hotel Alkmaar
Golden Tulip Hotel Alkmaar
Golden Tulip Hotel Alkmaar
4 out of 5
Arcadialaan 6, Alkmaar
The price is £106 per night from 22 Aug to 22 Aug
Situated in Alkmaar, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of AFAS Stadium and Vismarkt. Hollands Kaasmuseum and Waag are also within 2 miles (3 km).
4.1/5Very Good! (172 reviews)
Great rooms
"Lovely clean rooms and friendly service, a little far out from town centre but overall a great stay"

Reviewed on 25 Jun 2020

Golden Tulip Hotel Alkmaar
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Plantage Hortus Apartments
Plantage Hortus Apartments
4 out of 5
Plantage Muidergracht, Amsterdam
Located in Amsterdam City Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Hortus Botanicus, Artis and Hermitage Amsterdam. Rembrandt Square and ...
3.5/5Good! (147 reviews)
"This place is very unique and bigger than I anticipated. The one thing I wasn’t happy about was the shower drain, it was extremely slow draining, and when you have a group of guys who have been traveling all day it makes it a pretty big inconvenience. Thank being said it was a nice stay overall."

Reviewed on 14 Mar 2020

Plantage Hortus Apartments
Dutch Masters Amsterdam
Dutch Masters Amsterdam
4 out of 5
Keizersgracht 580, Amsterdam
Located in Amsterdam City Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Foam, Flower Market and Rijksmuseum. Rembrandt Square and Leidseplein ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (44 reviews)
"Great location, great apartment Stairs are a little tough with suitcases (as in most of Amsterdam) but everything also was amazing"

Reviewed on 10 Feb 2020

Dutch Masters Amsterdam
Royal Boutique Apartment Amsterdam
Royal Boutique Apartment Amsterdam
4.5 out of 5
Singel, Amsterdam
Located in Amsterdam City Centre, this luxury apartment building is steps away from Amsterdam Museum and The 9 Streets. Madame Tussauds and Royal Palace are ...
5/5Exceptional! (21 reviews)
Luxury in Amsterdam
"We had an amazing New Year’s 2020 trip. Couldn’t have imagined that the house would be as perfect as the photos, and in the most incredible location - walking distance to everywhere. We fell in love with Amsterdam, with the Royal Boutique Apartment Hotel and with the owner Willem who couldn’t have ..."

Reviewed on 2 Jan 2020

Royal Boutique Apartment Amsterdam
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