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Alkmaar

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Flea Markets · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
Alkmaar is a municipality and a city in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. Alkmaar is well known for its traditional cheese market. For tourists, it is a popular cultural destination.HistoryThe earliest mention of the name Alkmaar is in a 10th-century document. As the village grew into a town, it was granted city rights in 1254. The oldest part of Alkmaar lies on an ancient sand bank that afforded some protection from inundation during medieval times. Even so, it is only a couple of metres above the surrounding region, which consists of some of the oldest polders in existence.In 1573 the city underwent a siege by Spanish forces under the leadership of Don Fadrique, son of the Duke of Alva. The citizens sent urgent messages for help to the Prince of Orange; he responded by promising to open the floodgates of the dykes and flood the region if the need arose, which despite the protestations of the peasantry, fearful for their harvest, he proceeded to do. Some of his dispatches fell into the hands of Don Fadrique, and, with the waters beginning to rise, the Spaniards raised the siege and fled. It was a turning point in the Eighty Years War and gave rise to the expression Bij Alkmaar begint de victorie ("Victory begins at Alkmaar"). The event is still celebrated every year in Alkmaar on 8 October, the day the siege ended.
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Flea Market
Alkmaar cheese market
4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Landmark
Grote Sint Laurenskerk
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Art Museum
Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Hollands Kaasmuseum
3.5
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Alkmaar

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Specialty Museum
Teylers Museum Haarlem
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Religious Site
Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo) Haarlem
4.5
Duration: 1 hour
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History Museum
Zuiderzeemuseum Enkhuizen
4.6
Duration: 4 hours
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Specialty Museum
Zaanse Schans Zaandam
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min

Hidden gems in Alkmaar

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Scenic Walking Area
Kaeskoppenstad
4.9
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Het Beatles Museum
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Monument
Korenmolen 't Roode Hert
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Government Building
Alkmaar City Hall
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes

Museums in Alkmaar

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Specialty Museum
Nationaal Biermuseum De Boom
3.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
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History Museum
Regionaal Archief Alkmaar
4.3
Duration: 30 minutes

Shopping in Alkmaar

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Gift & Specialty Shop
Het Schoenmakertje
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min

Casinos in Alkmaar

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Flamingo casino
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Het Beatles Museum
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
The Corrie ten Boom House Haarlem
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Church
Klim naar de hemel
4.9
Duration: 30 minutes
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Architectural Building
Molen De Adriaan Museum Haarlem
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Duration: 1h 30 min

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