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  • Location:Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Duration:4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Alkmaar Cheese Market and Dutch Windmills Half-Day Trip from Amsterdam

Discover two of Holland's most famous icons - windmills and cheese - on this 4.5-hour morning tour from Amsterdam. You'll gain insights into the traditions of cheese-making, visit a cheese market and visit the well-known windmill village of Schermerhorn.


  • 4.5-hour morning tour to Alkmaar Cheese Market and Schermerhorn Windmills
  • Traditionally dressed cheese-carriers at Alkmaar Cheese Market
  • Scenic drive through the Dutch countryside
  • Windmill village of Schermerhorn
  • Multilingual guide (English, German, Spanish and French)

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Windmills and cheese -- what's not to love? This is a charming way to get a taste of traditional Dutch culture -- and some awesome pictures!

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What You Can Expect

Alkmaar Cheese Market and Dutch Windmills Half-Day Trip from Amsterdam

Alkmaar Cheese Market and Dutch Windmills Half-Day Trip from Amsterdam

Your first stop is the historic village of Alkmaar, where you will gain fascinating insights into old Dutch market life. At the cheese market, you'll see cheese-carriers wearing traditional costumes as they set out the cheeses on the cobblestone square. Bidders continue to buy the cheeses in the traditional way by clapping their hands. With a stern clap, the deal is sealed and men in white uniforms carry the wheels of cheese to a 14th-century Weigh House to tally the bill.

After your visit to the cheese market and a short guided walking tour of Alkmaar, you'll take a drive to the photogenic village of Schermerhorn with its famous old windmills. There, you'll see the inside of a windmill before returning to Amsterdam.

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Wonderful trip and great historical information from our travel guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

An excellent trip to know Holland country, just 50 kilometres from busy city of Amsterdam...half day full of is amazing experience to see cheese trading! Really worth to go there. The g

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Interesting how a cheese market was organised in Holland in the last centuries ! We also tasted the different types of cheese and indeed - very tasty ! The trip to the windmills was so full of important information about how the Dutch people fought and are still fighting for every square inch of land. We had no idea before that the windmills were used mainly for making polder , for running lakes dry, in our land mills are used for grinding corn.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

A brilliant tour and a brilliant guide. we loved the tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Excellent trip with superb guide.Timings about right at each location.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

You could probably get to Alkmaar via public transportation, but it was so relaxing to just get on a bus and let someone else worry about how to get there. The time allotted was just enough to check out the town. Don't miss the church. It was amazing. Loved the whole experience. The windmill stop was nice too. I would have preferred to spend a little less time there and a little more in Alkmaar, but others might feel opposite. The price of the trip was fine. The tour guide was just right. She gave us plenty of information without being annoying. I recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Excellent trip and well worth the time and money. The Cheese Market is awesome and is much more than cheese. You can see wooden shoes being made, try eating some herring, and enjoy the mini pancakes. The trip to the windmills was also wonderful. we just enjoyed the trip through the countryside. The tour guide was excellent.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Beautiful Trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Very interesting trip. The event was unusual and memorable.
Alkmaar is well worth the visit.
The length of the time in Alkmaar could have been a little longer because there were so many shops that we didn't have time to check out. Just a bit rushed.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

This was a great half day trip from Amsterdam. The cheese market was very interesting to see, only problem with the day we went was that it was a very cold, windy and wet day, so a bit miserable walking around the town. However, we were able to see how the cheese is sold, weighed etc.

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