Alkmaar, a city in the north of the Netherlands, hosts every Friday from April to September its famous cheese market, dating back to the 16th century, when the cheese carriers’ guild was established here.
The cheese market consists nowadays of several stalls where cheese tasting can be done while watching perfomances that show how cheese traders worked in the past centuries. It is a very lively event that attracts quite many tourists (thanks also to the proximity of Alkmaar to Amsterdam).
A walk around the city centre, running its numerous narrow streets, and an improvised picnic at the edge of the canal, enjoying some cheese, bread and white wine, complete the visit to this charming and peaceful Dutch city in a cold spring day.
Here below my photographic report of Alkmaar cheese market. I hope you like it.