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Waag

Visit the cheese museum and learn about cheese making throughout history inside Alkmaar’s beautiful 14th-century cheese weighing house. 

In Alkmaar’s central square where the cheese market is held through summer, you’ll find the ornate 14th-century the Waag building. This was once a chapel, but was transformed into a cheese weigh house (Waag) in the 16th century. Visit the Waag and the square to observe old-fashioned customs. Transport yourself back in time before modern technology made weighing houses like this unnecessary.

The Waag is where all the cheese action happens in Alkmaar. Historically, once deals were made in the market, big wheels of cheese were taken by cheese porters on traditional wooden barrows to the Waag, where the cheese was weighed to ensure no one was being swindled. Every Friday during summer locals reenact the processes to entertain tourists. Look for men in white bustling through the square carrying large orange wheels of cheese and women in colorful costumes with wooden shoes and white hats. Have fun and bring your camera for fascinating photos.

Inside the Waag, find all the information you need about Alkmaar in the tourism office. Go inside for the small cheese museum, where you get an interactive insight into the whole process of making cheese and butter from cow to table. Watch a film in English about the history of Alkmaar and its cheese industry and see displays of equipment used throughout the ages. 

Study the museum’s collection of 16th-century paintings of women wearing the costumes of the region. Museum entry is quite cheap and includes a cheese sample. The museum is open from April to November from Monday to Saturday. 

Climb the spiral staircase to the top of the Waag’s tower for a view over Alkmaar and listen to the mechanical carillon bells which play a tune over the square. From the top you can see the figures of two jousting knights and a clarion player.


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Amrâth Hotel Alkmaar £73
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Geestersingel 15, Alkmaar
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    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 minutes. Alkmaar Station is 7 minutes by foot and Alkmaar Noord Station is 30 minutes.

    Grand Hotel Alkmaar £76
    Grand Hotel Alkmaar

    Grand Hotel Alkmaar

    Gedempte Nieuwesloot 36, Alkmaar
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Alkmaar, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hollands Kaasmuseum, Waag and Cheese Market. Waagplein and Stedelijk Museum are also within 5 minutes. Alkmaar Station is 10 minutes by foot and Alkmaar Noord Station is 28 minutes.

      King's Inn City Hostel - Hotel Alkmaar £48
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      Koningsstraat 6, Alkmaar
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        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 9 mi (15 km). Alkmaar Station is 11 minutes by foot and Alkmaar Noord Station is 26 minutes.

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        Mient 3, Alkmaar, Noord-Holland
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of Alkmaar, this hotel is steps away from Hollands Kaasmuseum, Waag and Cheese Market. Waagplein and Vismarkt are also within 5 minutes. Alkmaar Station is 14 minutes by foot and Alkmaar Noord Station is 27 minutes.

          Hotel Stad en Land £80
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          Hotel Stad en Land

          Stationsweg 92-94, Alkmaar
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Alkmaar, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Stedelijk Museum, St Laurenskerk and Waagplein. Cheese Market and Waag are also within 15 minutes. Alkmaar Station is only a 2-minute walk and Alkmaar Noord Station is 26 minutes.

            High 5 Hotel Alkmaar £75
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            High 5 Hotel Alkmaar

            Dubbelebuurt 1, Alkmaar
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Alkmaar, this hotel is steps away from Stedelijk Museum and St Laurenskerk. Hollands Kaasmuseum and Waag are also within 10 minutes. Alkmaar Station is 8 minutes by foot and Alkmaar Noord Station is 27 minutes.

              Familiehotel Alkmaar £63
              Familiehotel Alkmaar

              Familiehotel Alkmaar

              Payglop 17-19, Alkmaar
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Alkmaar, this aparthotel is steps away from Vismarkt and Waagplein. Alkmaar Station is 13 minutes by foot and Alkmaar Noord Station is 29 minutes.

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                Achterstraat 35, Alkmaar
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Alkmaar, this apartment building is steps away from Hollands Kaasmuseum, Waag and Cheese Market. Waagplein and Vismarkt are also within 5 minutes. Alkmaar Station is 12 minutes by foot and Alkmaar Noord Station is 27 minutes.