Mediaeval town hall and weigh house market square Gouda. Visit the gothic City Hall dating from 1450 with its splendid marriage room, mayor’s office and council chamber (visits limited in connection with weddings and meetings). On the right-hand gable, you can see the carillon with the mechanical puppets, added in 1961. The main character in the puppet show is Floris V, who granted Gouda its city charter in 1272.
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Sun rising behind tower of St Johns church (Sint Janskerk) in Gouda. The St. Jan’s church is named after John the Baptist. At 123 metres long, it is the longest church in the Netherlands and is world famous for its Goudse Glazen (‘Gouda Glasses’): stained-glass windows, predominantly from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance period.
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This authentic building, designed in 1668 by architect Pieter Post, also houses the tourist information office. Among other uses, the first floor of the Goudse Waag was formerly used for weighing cheeses. These days, it is given over to the Cheese and Craft Museum. Here you can learn about the history of the building and the products which were weighed and traded there.
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Cheesemarket Gouda. Cheesegirls in traditional Dutch costume posing with Gouda-cheese on cheesemarket. The Gouda Cheese Market takes place every Thursday morning (except on Ascension Day – 29 May) from 3 April to and including 28 August between the hours of 10.00 and 13.00 (10 am to 1 pm). The cheese market is a spectacular historical and nostalgic scene. If you would like to visit the cheese market, make sure you are on time.
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Market square with christmas tree in front of town hall at night. Each year, thousands of visitors gather round the tree. They sing Christmas carols together, the mayor reads out the Christmas story, and the candles are lit in the tree which comes all the way from Norway. As many as 6,000 real candles are lit in this giant Christmas tree at the town hall and they will burn from 7 pm to 9.30 pm.
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