GETTING AROUND IN ALKMAAR
Alkmaar has many medieval buildings that are still intact, most notably the tall tower of the Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk, where many people from Alkmaar hold their wedding ceremony. The other main attraction, especially in the summer months, is Alkmaar's cheese market at the Waagplein, one of the country's most popular tourist attractions. The Waag is home to the local tourist office and a cheese museum. Alkmaar has 399 registered monuments, of which most are situated along the city's old canals.
Alkmaar has two large theatres and a big cinema (which was originally two cinemas). Alkmaar has a nightlife scene as well which takes place in the pubs in front of the cheesemarket. Near the Waagplein there is a Beer-museum. The museum has a pub where you can taste many different kinds of beer.
Did you know that speed skating is a very popular sport in The Netherlands?
The venue has a 400 meter ice rink and a hall for ice hockey. This facility is open during the competition for all public. So bring your skates or rent them in the venue.
From Egmond aan zee to Den Helder there is a 50 km long shore line with several nice beaches.
Alkmaar is not far from the main touristic sights of The Netherlands:
- The cities Amsterdam and Haarlem;
- "De Zaanse Schans"; typical Dutch area with windmills and hisoric buildings, etc.
- Volendam; old Dutch fishermen village with typical Dutch traditional costumes.