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Alkmaar was granted city status in 1254, and in the historical center there are many old buildings and narrow streets, canals, cosy cafes, restaurants and shops.
The city is known for its traditional weekly cheese market, and is often referred to as “cheese town”. One can also visit a cheese museum Alkmaar – where there are exhibits of historical artefacts, films about the cheese traditions – as well as paintings.
A popular attraction in Alkmaar is beer museum “The Boom”, located in a building from the 1600s. It has previously been brewing. A visit to the beer museum can also purchase samples and the bar has nearly 86 beers to choose from.
Other attractions in the city include the city history museum “Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar,” tower “Accijnstoren” from 1622, the Roman Catholic St. Laurens Church from the 1400s, water tower “Watertoren” from 1900 – which is 31 meters high and ovnsmuseet “Kachel-museum” – where visitors can see the stoves from the early 1800’s.Total of 100 ovens and stoves are on display here.
The nearest airport is Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, located 47 km south of Alkmaar.