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Gouda: Guided Tour of Goudsche Waag Cheese and Crafts Museum

1. Gouda: Guided Tour of Goudsche Waag Cheese and Crafts Museum

Enter the Goudsche Waag and find yourself in another world. Take a guided tour of the building and learn about the centuries-old Gouda crafts. Taste the flavor, from beer to plateel, syrup waffles to cheese. Get the whole story. Explore the ground floor museum of the De Goudse Waag historic building. View the different products that were weighed and traded there, and discover the secrets contained in the sculptures.  

Gouda: Sint-Janskerk Rooftop Walk Entry Ticket

2. Gouda: Sint-Janskerk Rooftop Walk Entry Ticket

Climb to the rooftop of the Sint-Janskerk and admire Gouda from above! A spectacular walk over the rooftop of the longest church in the Netherlands, with views over the entire town and its surroundings. The church is an impressive 123 meters long. A unique experience. The walk to the roof is an experience in itself. The stairs under the tower lead first to the organ. This is the domain of the organist. He knows the sounds of this twenty-metre high instrument like no other. Take a look at the console and the bellows chamber: the lungs of the organ. One floor up, you walk past the conservator's workshop. This gives a unique insight into the work to preserve the building and its famous glasses.

Gouda: Entry Ticket to Church of St. John with Audioguide

3. Gouda: Entry Ticket to Church of St. John with Audioguide

Visit the church of St. John in Gouda and discover all its beauty with the help of an audioguide. Watch the sun shine through the 72 world-famous stained-glass windows and mmediately understand what makes St John’s in Gouda so special.  No other church in the world has so much sixteenth-century stained glass. The Gouda Windows, as they are known, are among the supreme achievements of European glass painting. Gaze in awe at the superb colors and rich interplay of light that contribute to the hushed atmosphere in the longest church in the Netherlands.

Gouda: City Hall Entrance Ticket

4. Gouda: City Hall Entrance Ticket

Book your entry ticket to the city hall of Gouda and wander through this magnificent building that’s been the jewel of the market square for over 5.5 centuries. Discover the Wedding Hall, the Mayor's Room, the Council Room, and the Civic Hall in the basement. As you explore the rooms in the town hall, from the basement where meat used to be inspected to the attic where until recently the city council met, gain insight about the town and its people. Learn about the various renovations that illustrate how fashion and taste have changed over the centuries. In the Middle Ages, Gouda was already an important center due to its position near the rivers Hollandsche IJssel and Gouwe. As the town grew in importance, it needed a new and impressive town hall. The new town hall cost more than half the town’s annual budget. The town hired Jan Kelderman III, a member of a famous Mechelen-based family of architects. More than a hundred skilled workers from home and abroad worked for two years to create this elegant palace. In 1450, the building was more or less complete. The steps and landing were added 150 years later. 

Gouda: Dining Experience at a Historic Restaurant

5. Gouda: Dining Experience at a Historic Restaurant

Sample local food and drinks at a historic restaurant located in the center of Gouda, the origin of the famous Gouda cheese. This local restaurant is an oasis of tranquility in the city center and serves both old favorites and some local specialties that you might not have tried before. Enjoy dishes that will give you a taste of the area and make a selection from the following options: • Tasting of Dutch cheeses - 4 different kinds of Dutch cheese with accompanying snacks and toast • High tea - consists of hearty and sweet treats that are served in courses. The dishes change seasonally and unlimited tea is included • Cheese fondue - various varieties are available and the flavors are adapted to the season. Fondues are served with brown and white baguettes, tomatoes, bell peppers, sautéed potatoes, and mushrooms• Beer tasting - Dutch specialty beers from 3 breweries with light snacks included • Unlimited pancakes

Gouda: Rent a Kick Scooter

6. Gouda: Rent a Kick Scooter

Kick off on a handy rental scooter and discover the city of Gouda. You'll quickly see that the city has much more to offer than its famous cheese, as you zoom around to the best sites. Do a tour of the museums, cruise along the canals, admire the medieval architecture; the choice is yours. Make your journey that much faster and spend extra time taking in the charm and serenity of Gouda.

Gouda: 2-Hour Monument Walking Tour

7. Gouda: 2-Hour Monument Walking Tour

Your morning or afternoon in Gouda will start at your hotel or if you travel to Gouda from elsewhere at the train station. Set off in a relaxing pace to make sure you really get to see, feel and learn all about this town. The main square of the city is called Market. In the middle of the fan shaped square you will find the city hall. This building was constructed after the great cityfire in 1450 and is one of the oldest townhalls in the Netherlands. At the side of the building there is a carillion with a puppet performance about the cityrights granted to Gouda in 1272. Also at the square you will encounter the 17th century constructed weighing house. In this weighing house the famous Gouda Cheese was weighed for many centuries. Nowadays in the summertime (April – August) every Thursday morning a cheesemarket takes place in Gouda. South of the square you will see the famous Saint John church. This church is the longest church of the Netherlands, measuring 123 meters. The church is best known for its beautiful stained glass windows. One of the many highlights during your visit to Gouda will be the hidden gem of the Gouda museum, its amazing garden with many sculptures. After the tour enjoy your ultimate treat: the local specialty “Stroopwafel”, a thin waffle filled with syrup.

Gouda: Secret Passages Guided Phone Escape Game

8. Gouda: Secret Passages Guided Phone Escape Game

Did you know that Gouda had almost lost its image as a cheese city to the nearby village of Schoonhoven? Schoonhoven also had delicious cheese, but also had a smart cheese girl who was popular with many (influential) rich men. With the Escape Tour Gouda you will learn more about this while you are looking for the secret exit! Choose your starting time with your teammates, beginning at anytime day or night. Make your way across the city, checking off tasks to find all the clues you need to reach the secret passage. As you search for clues, marvel at the beautiful sights of the town. Walk through the lovely streets and keep an eye out for the many historic buildings in the city center. Work quickly, and you and your team could set the record for the fastest tour. Good luck!

Gouda, Witches & Cheese - Private Day Tour

9. Gouda, Witches & Cheese - Private Day Tour

Be driven directly to Gouda on a comfortable 1-hour journey. Pass the typical Dutch polder landscape on the way. Begin a walking tour of Gouda and learn about the city’s history. See highlights like the famous cheese Weighing House (De Waag), the town hall, and Sint Jan church. During your trip to Gouda, you do not only get to taste the famous Gouda cheese, but also the famous Stroopwafels (syrup waffles). Visit a real cheese farm or the Cheese experience. After Gouda, be driven through the idyllic countryside beside rivers, passing country mansions, windmills, and farmland in the direction of Oudewater. Go for a short stroll over cobblestones as your guide shows you the city's highlights. After this inspiring journey, be dropped off at your hotel, vacation address, boat pier, or Schiphol Airport.

Gouda: Sint-Janskerk Church & Museum Gouda Admission Tickets

10. Gouda: Sint-Janskerk Church & Museum Gouda Admission Tickets

The venues of this spectacular double exhibition are Museum Gouda and its neighbour, the Church of Saint John, in the monumental city centre of Gouda. This is not only the longest church in the Netherlands, but from April 2022 also the most talked about. Because inside, you say a temporary goodbye to the world as you know it. After leaving the 21st century, you end up in the hustle and bustle of the Church of Saint John around 1570. A feast for all your senses. You come face to face with the wonderful altarpieces that used to be standing there. You also see mystical projections and light that plays tag with the invisible. Above you, the colours of the stained glass flame brightly – almost eighteen hundred square metres in total, a significant part of all sixteenth-century glass in the Netherlands. Your ears hear lost sounds, heavenly music, and the voices of storytellers. They show you the way in the sixteenth century. Your nose discovers incense and the smell of mercy. And your sense of touch? It makes you tingle, because time is tangible here.

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What people are saying about Gouda

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 6 reviews

We had a blast, the translation at the beginning of the event was a little funny and we still quote it now. Like the interaction and getting to watch the machine at work. Good memories, great Stroop waffles!

Good audio guide. Unfortunately, there was also an exhibition at the same time, so that large parts of the church were not accessible.

What an experience and super fun and certainly nice to see and taste. I recommend it to everyone.

Very good history learning. The museum is very small by the way.