THE BEST OF GOUDA
An excursion entirely dedicated to discovering picturesque Gouda, known as the “green heart of Holland” and famous for its cheese. Accompanied by an expert guide, we go for a lovely stroll around the city centre to admire its main buildings and sights and then spend some free time shopping in its amazing shops.
What we will see
- Picturesque city centre: magnificent buildings, old canals and amazing shops
- Stroll around the centre's cobbled streets
- Waag: cheese public scales
- Sint-Janskerk: church of St. John the Baptist with large stained-glass windows
- Free time for shopping: cheese, candles and biscuits.
What we will do
- We start our excursion comfortably seated on our coach taking us to Gouda, the “green heart of Holland”.
- Although Gouda is mostly known for its delicious cheese, we remain pleasantly surprised to discover it has much more to offer: our attention is immediately captured by its picturesque city centre which is one of the most beautiful in Holland and boasting magnificent buildings, old canal and amazing shops.
- Once there, our expert guide takes us for a stroll around the lovely cobbled streets of the city centre.
- We stop in the market square, the “Markt”, where we can admire the oldest Gothic Town Hall in Holland with sections dating back to the 15th century. The sandstone building has a rectangular layout and features a carillon clock on the eastern façade which chimes every half hour. Its distinctive element are the striking red and white shutters that stand out from the perfectly-preserved stone walls.
- On the north-eastern side of the Markt, we find the Waag, i.e. the public scales used for cheese dating back to 1668. Inside,we can admire dozens of types of cheeses and visit the Kaaswaag, the museum describing the history of the cheese trade in Holland.
- Another unmissable sight is Sint-Janskerk, the church of St. John the Baptist which was rebuilt several times due to fires. It was erected in the International Gothic style but became famous mostly for the*large stained-glass windows* made btween1550 and 1570 depicting various subjects from the Catholic and Protestant religion as well as the history of the different Dutch provinces.
- Before returning to the ship, we have some free time available to explore the city in more detail: we can shop along the streets leading to the Markt and purchase typical local products such as cheese, candles and biscuits.
What you need to know
- This excursion includes a walk that lasts approximately one and a half hours involving steps.