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Cheese city Gouda

Cheese city Gouda

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Named a city in 1272, Gouda has changed in its role many times in history. Known best for its association with cheese it has also been the producer and exporter of carpets, pottery, beer, smoking pipes, candles and stroopwafels. With a population of more than 70,000 people and an average of 1,000,000 tourists a year this can be a very popular place to visit.



Sights and Activities

Most of the attractions of Gouda are in the centre (centrum) of the city.

  • The City Hall (Het Stadhuis)
  • Sint Jans Kerk
  • The weighing building (De Waag)
  • The market (De Markt)



Events and Festivals

Koningsdag (King's Day)

In 2013, the Dutch throne was passed on to King Willem-Alexander and what used to be Koninginnedag (Queen's Day) will from 2014 become Koningsdag (King's Day). The date will be changed to the 27th of April, which is the king's birthday. In 2014 however it will be on the 26th of April because the 27th falls on a Sunday. On this day the streets of almost every sizable town in the country come alive with activity.

  • Candle Night (Kaarsjes avond)



Getting There

By Plane

Gouda doesn't have it's own airport though Rotterdam Airport 30.2 kilometres, Amsterdam airport (Schiphol) 64.9 kms, and Eindhoven airport 114 kilometres, are the closest.

By Train

The Dutch National Rail service or NS Nederlandse Spoorwegen has 2 stations. Gouda, and an outer suburb, Gouda-Gowerwelle. There are direct services to Gouda from Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, and The Hague (Den Haag).

By Car

Close to the junction of the A12 & A20 motorways, the city centre is a short drive from the motorway exit.

By Bus

Connexxion buslines can take you to or from Gouda connecting you with all the local villages as well as Rotterdam, Utrecht, and The Hague (Den Haag)

By Boat

You can bring you own boat into the city via the system of locks and canals.



Getting Around

By Car

You can drive around the outer part of the city, but the centre is pedestrians only so its best to park your car and look around on foot.

By Public Transport

The train station is a short walk from the city centre. You can take a No.3 bus but it is only a short walk.

By Foot

The best way to see the city.

By Bike

Where better to ride a bike than a country that has a love affair with them. You wont need one to get around though.




There is a wide range of bars in the centre of the city. During the summer it is common to sit outside and enjoy a beer in the sun on the terras.

  • De Zalm - A great bar in an even better location right in the centre close to De Kaas Waag
  • De Beurs Klok - This is a great place to have a drink as well as serving some fantastic food.
  • De Gouwe Geit - This not your regular bar but it does have alot of character and alot of fun locals



Keep Connected


Internet cafés are not as widespread as you would expect, but you can easily find one in the popular cities. Most hostels, hotels and camp sites have several computers, so you can keep connected with folk at home. Here is a list of internet cafés that could come in handy for travellers. Otherwise, most libraries have lots of computers and prices are around the €2-3 per hour range, although sometimes it can be even more expensive.

Wireless internet access using wifi is becoming more popular and is usually available at most hotels and increasingly at train stations. Also in trains (at least in most first class wagons, but also more and more in second class) and some buses you can use wifi. Finally, places like McDonald's and Starbucks have free wifi, and smaller individual business like cafés and restaurants are on the rise too offering these services. More often than not, these service tend to be free of charge, though there might be a limited time you can use the internet.


See also: International Telephone Calls

The country code for the Netherlands is 31. The outbound international prefix is 00. The general emergency number is 112, like many other countries.
0800 numbers are toll-free and for 09xx numbers are charged at premium rates. Mobile phones have numbers in the 06 range, and calls to cell phones are also priced at higher rates.

From internet cafés, it is also usually possible to make long distance international calls. Like in other countries, telephone booths have almost disappeared, though some are still found around public transport stations, where you can use a few coins to make calls. It is only recommended for local calls.

The cellular phone network in the Netherlands is GSM 900/1800. The main providers of cell phone networks are KPN (Dutch only), T-mobile and Vodafone, who cover the whole country. Other operators, like Hollandsnieuwe, Simyo or Tele2, use one of these 3 networks basically.

It is best to buy a SIM card when in the Netherlands for use in your cellphone, as this usually works out cheaper than using the one from home. If you are planning to study or work in the country and stay for several months, buying a cellphone is the best option. A simple one, sometimes with €10 worth on it, can be bought from around €25. The simplest smartphones are around €75.


The rate for sending a postcard or letter up to 20 grams within the Netherlands is €0.64 (2014). Since 2010 there are stamps available for domestic post which no longer include the value in €. Instead, there are stamps available with either a '1' or a '2' as a substitute for value. The '1' can be used for letters and postcards up to 20 grams, while 20-50 grams require you to use the '2'-valued stamps (or two '1'-valued stamps of course).

Sending items to other EU countries and the rest of the world (there is one price since 2014) will cost €1.05. Stamps are sold at post offices, supermarkets and smaller shops/kiosks; often the place where you buy your postcards can also supply you with stamps.

Sending parcels abroad is more costly. A standard-sized parcel between up to 2 kilograms will cost you €9 for destinations within the EU and €18 (both without Track & Trace) to the rest of the world. Prices with Track & Trace start at €13 and €24.30 respectively. Parcel service is available from major post offices only; standard-size boxes are on sale there as well. For sending parcels, it might be just as competitive and fast to use a company like TNT, UPS or DHL.

If you need to receive mail while moving around, you can have it sent poste restante (to be called for) to a post office of your choice, where it will be kept for a month. If you come to claim it, bring a valid ID, and make sure to have told the sender that the name on the envelope must be an exact match with that in your passport. For addresses of post offices, as well as more information, consult the TNT website.

Accommodation in Gouda

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