Alkmaar, located in the Noord Holland province in the Netherlands, lies on the North Holland Canal, 8 km (5 miles) from the coast of the North Sea. It was a significant provincial city during the 17th century, and the structure of its Old City dates mainly from this period. Main attractions include the Old City, Clarissenbolwerk (the most preserved area) and Canadaplein, one of Alkmaar’s two main squares.
- Alkmaar’s Old City
- Holland Cheese Museum
- De Vest
- Dine and shop at Waagplein, the main market square
- Marvel at the Waag, Alkmaar’s most photogenic building
- Visit the Hans Brinker Museum, with its collection of sleds and skates
Alkmaar has a moderate climate. The best time to visit is June through September, when the temperature ranges between 17˚C and 20˚C (63˚F and 68˚F).
Getting There & Around
Alkmaar is served by the Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport. Visitors can take intercity trains from Amsterdam to Alkmaar, a 35- to 40-minute journey. Visitors coming from the United Kingdom can take ferries, which have ports close to Alkmaar.
Most of Alkmaar’s historic buildings are in the Old City, 1 km (.6 mile) from east to west. Most attractions and activities are within walking distance. Bicycles are a popular medium of transportation.
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