Gouda grew to be a prominent city in the Netherlands during the Middle-Ages. Trade flourished thanks to the rivers Gouwe and Hollandse Ijssel. This rich history is still evident in the city centre of Gouda: many historical and monumental buildings have been preserved, the most famous of which are the City Hall, the Goudse Waag (Weighing House) and the Sint-Janskerk. While wandering through the city, you will also discover charming courtyards, the oldest stemming from 1449. With their lovely entrance gates and luscious gardens, they are a feast for the eye.
You can visit the Gouda Cheese market every Thursday morning from April to September. It’s a spectacular, historic show where farmers and traders negotiate over the price of the cheese. The cheeses are delivered to and from the market on wagonettes and weighed in the Goudse Waag. As it has been done for centuries, a handshake still seals the deal. The Goudse Waag also houses the Cheese and Crafts Museum and the Tourist Information (VVV).
Tip: For the ultimate Christmas feeling, visit Gouda by Candlelight in December where thousands of burning candles and the lights of the Christmas tree are lit in front of the City Hall. Sing along with the Christmas carols.