The current Waag (Weighing House) was designed by architect Pieter Post and completed in 1668. Originally all sorts of things were weighed at the Waag, but over time it became limited to just cheese. At the cheese market visitors can see how cheese is weighed at the Waag. You can also be weighed yourself. You will receive a certificate stating your weight in pounds of Gouda cheese.
The first cheese market is on April 14 from 10.00 a.m. till 16.00 p.m.
For centuries Gouda cheese has been traded at the Markt in Gouda on Thursday. And just like in the olden days, farmers and cheese traders agree on a price by the clapping of hands. Besides the world famous cheese, you can also enjoy stalls where syrup waffles and ‘poffertjes’ (Dutch mini pancakes) are made and where craftspeople demonstrate ancient skills.
At every cheese market there is live music provided by different choirs, dance groups, and of course by barrel organ De Lekkerkerker, a Dutch Cultural Heritage Monument.
Each week the performance will be announced here.
Gouda is world famous for its cheese, syrup waffles, clay pipes and pottery. The compact historic town centre with all its sights, authentic shops, narrow medieval streets, canals, and numerous court yards, is well worth a visit.
The current Waag (Weighing House) was designed by architect Pieter Post and completed in 1668. Originally all sorts of things were weighed at the Waag, but over time it became limited to just cheese. At the cheese market visitors can see how cheese is weighed at the Waag.
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For centuries the cheese was traded in the town from which it derives its name: Gouda. However, it was actually made in the surrounding polders: Cheese Valley. An oasis of peace and open space in between the four largest cities in the Netherlands. In this classical Dutch landscape, with grazing cows, canals, pollarded willow trees, cheese is still made from the milk of the farmers’ own cows.
Gouda was first mentioned as a place in official documents from 1143. At that time cheese was already being made on farms in the immediate vicinity of Gouda. That cheese was brought to Gouda to be traded there: the Gouda cheese.
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