Gouda is a city and municipality in the western Netherlands, in the province of South Holland. Gouda, which was granted city rights in 1272, is famous for its Gouda cheese, smoking pipes and its 15th century city hall, but the town itself is definitely worth a visit. It has a lot of charm and a lot of old buildings.


Old City Hall at the market – built between 1448 and 1450, one of the oldest Gothic city halls in the Netherlands.

The Waag (weigh house) – built in 1667 across from the Old City Hall, this building was used for weighing goods to levy taxes. It now is a national monument.

Grote of St. Jans Kerk (Great or Saint John Church) – largest cross-shaped church in the Netherlands, famed for its stained glass which were made between 1530 and 1603, considered the most significant stained glass collection in the Netherlands

The best places to visit are without a doubt the Markt (cheese market on thursdays, which you can’t miss) with right on the middle the Gothic city hall, of which you can find a copy in Japan in Holland village.

Waaiersluis (Waaier Locks) – a historic lock on the Hollandse IJssel just east of Gouda.

Gouda is also famous for its ceramic festival, traditional pipes and candles. There are also some decent restaurants and cafes.

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