Everybody knows it. Gouda is world famous for its Gouda Cheese. The taste of Gouda Cheese is a mild one with a toffee and nuts flavor. If you want to try it, or buy it then visit at least Gouda’s cheese market. Open between april and september on every Thursday.
Gouda is also very well known for its candles, caramel waffles, pottery history and smoking pipes.
In 1272 the count of Holland granted city rights to Gouda. From medieval times the town flourished for ages but also experienced a long, long time of deep recession and decline. Gouda was one of the poorest cities in the country during the 19th century. In that period the terms ‘Goudaer’ and ‘beggar’ were considered synonymous.
Many foreigners have problems to pronounce Gouda. Forget the hard G but say at least Gow-da.
City map of Gouda, download the image on your device and you can zoom in.
There are a lot of things to do and see in Gouda. First there is the beautiful historic center of the town. Admire the magnificent gothic Gouda City Hall built in 1448, the old weigh house (1667) and The Great or Saint John Church. This church was already a touristic attraction in the 17th century. It is famous for its stained glass. You should also visit Gouda’s Montmartre, an antique curio flea market held weekly in the summer.
End your day in Gouda with a drink or dinner in for example De Zalm (The Salmon), an old inn founded in 1551.