Did you know Gouda cheese is from a town in the Netherlands called Gouda? Are you looking for a day trip around the Netherlands? Do you like cheese? Then Gouda is the place for you.
As I was planning my trip to the Netherlands, I realized this and what a cute little town this was so I knew I had to head here. Follow me on my journey and you will want to go here as well.
Getting to Gouda:
This is a easy side trip from Amsterdam. By train, it is less than an hour and there are several that go there an hour. From the Hague, it takes less than 20 minutes by train. The trains are clean and it is so easy to navigate their system.
By train, there are several trains that run each hour between Amsterdam and Gouda which takes less than an hour. From the Hague, it is less than a 20-minute train ride (approx 2 / hour). Once you step out of the train station, it is about a 5-minute walk into the heart of the historic area.
What to See in Gouda:
Once in the Markt square, go to Gouds Kaashuis (located on the right hand side in the main square, Hoogstraat1) where they provide samples of Gouda cheese. There are dozens to choose from here. If you want to, you can purchase some and take some home it with you. They have it sealed, and it doesn’t have to be refrigerated immediately. If you need more once you get home, they will ship it to you. For more information, you can check out their webpage.
Address: Hoogstraat 1
Hours: Monday – Saturday 9:30am – 5:30pm, Sunday 11am – 4pm
Since you are here, you might as well wander around this lovely little town.
City Hall (Het Stadhuis van Gouda)
Located smack dab in the middle of Markt square, you can’t miss this beauty. It has red shutters on the side and is one of the oldest Gothic city halls in the Netherlands.
Address: Market 1
VTML Tip: Make sure you check out the puppet show on the right-hand side. It occurs 2 minutes after the top and half hour.
Originally used for weighing various products, including cheese. It now houses the Cheese and Crafts Museum.
Address: Markt 35
Hours: Wednesday – Sunday 10am – 4pm
Should you be here during the summer, you can check out the traditional cheese market that the city hosts. It would be fun to see cheese bought and sold the old-fashioned way in the Markt square.
Red Lion Windmill (Molen De Roode Leeuw)
See a working windmill in action as it grinds flour.
Address: Vest 65
Hours: Thursday 9am – 2pm and Saturday 9am – 4pm
St John (Sint-Janskerk)
The longest church in the Netherlands with 72 stained-glass windows. You can’t miss this imposing church as you stand in Markt square. Once you get there, look around at how close together the houses are to each other. It is mind boggling!
Address: Achter de Kerk 16
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10am – 4pm
Cost: 8.50 euros adults
A beautiful street to walk down that is filled with historic Dutch buildings.
Gouda has many cute little alleyways all over. This one is special because it is the narrowest of them all. This is a remnant of the old street plan from the 19th century when the leather tanners lived here.
Walk along the canal
There are beautiful houses, churches and views along here. It is also an extremely relaxing walk.
VTML Tip: Hoge (high) Gouwe and Lage (low) Gouwe are on the same canal. They are just located on different sides of it.
Lock Keeper’s House (Sluiswachtershuisje)
Check out the lock keeper’s house on the canal. It has a pillory which is a fun place to take silly photos.
Address: Hoge Gouwe 137
Old Catholic Church (Parochie Van de H. Johannes De Doper)
As you walk along the canal, you might miss this one if you aren’t looking for it. This unassuming Catholic church is hidden behind three houses. Of course my favorite part is that there is a bicycle in front of it. Try and find a church in the Netherlands without at least one. Good luck!
Address: Hoge Gouwe 107
Banana Warehouse (Bananenpakhuis)
One of the beautiful houses on the canal house. It was built in the 1881 and was converted into a banana warehouse in 1928 by the West Indies Banana trade. Check out the bananas above the front door.
Address: Lage Gouwe 140
My personal favorite church in Gouda and in the Netherlands. This is not far from Markt Square.
Address: Hoge Gouwe 39
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 6pm, Sunday 12pm – 6pm
Places to Eat in Gouda:
If you are looking for something beyond cheese to eat, here are some other places I can recommend:
Bagels & Beans
While we didn’t eat at this location, we did eat at several other ones, so I do recommend it. They have a gluten free bagel that is prepackaged. When you place your order, they take it out and make it for you. If you don’t eat gluten free, fear not, most of their items contain gluten.
Address: Agnietenstraat 2
Hours: Monday – Saturday 8:30am – 5pm, Sunday 10am – 5:30pm
Don’t let the address fool you, this is located in the market square area.
Address: Lange Tiendeweg 23
Hours: Wednesday & Thursday 10am – 9pm, Friday & Saturday 10am – 10pm, Sunday 12pm – 9pm
Even though it was a bit damp outside and chilly, one of the big draws if this restaurant is the view of the historic market square. We had a snack here. My husband got a caser salad and a beer, and I got chocolate mousse.
Address: Markt 34
Hours: Monday – Wednesday 11am – 11pm, Thursday 10am – 12a, Friday & Saturday 10am – 1am, Sunday 12pm – 11pm
And the market square had many cute little restaurants like this one. So, if they don’t have something you are interested in eating, check out the other ones.
The other thing that Gouda is known for is siroopwaffels. Go to Kamphuisen Siroopwaffels. Book a tour to see how they make these syrup waffles that they have been making here since 1810. At the end, you get to eat one.
Address: Markt 69
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 6pm
So, whether you are coming to eat cheese, siroopwaffels or wander around this beautiful little city, Gouda is a great day trip from Amsterdam or any of the other cities in the Netherlands.
For other day trip ideas in the Netherlands, check out my blog to Rotterdam.
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