Though Gouda is world renowned for the delectable cheese of the same name, this Dutch city isn’t just for food fans. After postcard perfect holiday snaps? This city has beauty in abundance. With majestic gothic architecture, cobbled streets and picturesque courtyards acting as the idyllic backdrop for your holiday. If you’re lucky enough to visit between June and September, the Gouda Cheese Market on Thursday mornings is a historical phenomenon which sees local farmers gather in front of the Goudse Waag (weighing house) and Stadhuis (city hall) to sell their produce – an event that’s occurred for hundreds of years. Aside from gastronomical wonders (sweet stroopwafels also hail from here), the city has plenty of parks and wildlife reserves that are perfect for a moment of tranquillity – including Goudse Hout, on the outskirts of the city, and Van Bergen IJzendoornpark in the city centre.

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Places To Visit


One of the oldest of its kind in The Netherlands

Turfmarkt Canal

Picturesque waterway with floral-lined bridges

Haastrechtse Molen

Stone mill built in 1862

Gouda Cheese Market

Traditional summer spectacle

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