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Once simply cannot visit the Netherlands without seeing its iconic windmills and Dutch cheese. This half-day tour to the Alkmaar cheese market and windmill village of Schermerhorn introduces you to both. You'll gain insight into centuries-old traditions of cheesemaking with a visit to the market and a walking tour of town. Then travel to nearby Schermerhorn and keep your camera on hand for fantastic photo ops of Holland windmills dotting the Dutch countryside. Includes coach transport from central Amsterdam.

Highlights

  • 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

Departing central Amsterdam by coach, the first stop on your half-day tour to the Dutch countryside is the historical village of Alkmaar, known for its traditional cheese market. Your guide accompanies you to the Waagplein,the cobblestone square where the market is seasonally held, and sheds light on cheese production in the Netherlands, which developed its worldwide reputation during the Golden Age. 
See the cheese factory and watch cheesemongers in traditional garb selling enormous rounds of Gouda and other Dutch cheeses at the outdoor auction. Witness bidders purchasing cheese the traditional way: by clapping their hands. With a stern clap, the deal is sealed and cheese carriers in white uniforms and colorful hats transport the wheels of cheese to a 14th-century Weigh House (Waag) to tally the bill.
After your visit, embark on a brief guided walking tour of Alkmaar. Then hop back aboard your coach for the drive to the nearby windmill village of Schermerhorn. Spend time photographing impressive wooden windmills lining the riverbank — a quintessential Dutch scene — and even step inside one before the return journey to Amsterdam.

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Customer Reviews

Jennifer S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

It was a great tour outside of the city. Our tour guide provided us with a lot of good, easy to understand information. My 13 year old and 15 year old both thought it was great. We enjoyed having some time on our own in Alkmaar, combined with a tour of the town. We also learned a lot from the information our tour guide told us while on the bus. I'd highly recommend it.

Monica R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Wonderful tour! I took my two 13 year old kids on this tour and this was one of the highlights of our trip to Amsterdam. The town of Alkmaar is beautiful with lots of shopping opportunities. The cheese was delicious. Our only regret is that we didn't purchase more cheese! The tour of the Windmills was incredibly interesting. We were surprised by how much we learned and enjoyed it. You can go inside the windmills and climb to the top and see first hand how they work. Very picturesque countryside. Lots of photo opportunities!! Very nice tour guide who provided much information about the Netherlands!!

Shawn T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was well worth the money. It was a short ride from Amsterdam to Alkmaar. Our tour guide was full of information and funny as well. Alkmaar was a cute little town to stroll once you saw the cheese market. The windmills were amazing to look at! Such history!

Teresa W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

A very interesting and fun tour of the Alkmaar cheese market - well worth the visit.

Katia P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Wonderful trip and great historical information from our travel guide.

Adriena O

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 traditions...it is amazing experience to see cheese trading! Really worth to go there. The g

Vovo

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.

Robert P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

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

JOHN R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

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

janjarman

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.

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