Gouda is a city in the Netherlands, famous for its cheese and candles. Between Den Haag, Rotterdam and Utrecht. It has the a large church famous for its gothic stained glass windows and it's large 'ship' the middle part of the church, which survived the reformation and both world wars. There is also a town museum, a museum dedicated to pipes, and a museum about cheese making.
There is an attractive, gothic 15th century town hall in the middle of the market square, which is famous for cheese markets but also holds more general markets at the weekend.
Also the cafe's, pub's and restaurants on and around the square are well worth visiting. Especially in the summer with the terasses.
In the middle of the city, there`s The Waag, the old weigh-house for cheese traders. Now it`s a national monument across from the old city hall.
When you pay 2,75 for visit the St Jans church you can also visit the Gouda Museum and the Pharmaceautical museum for the same price and the Museum garden is a very nice and quiet place to have a drink.
Behind the St Jans church is also a museum, Museum Gouda, very nice to see, it`s a historical museum. This museum gives you a good overview of Gouda, furniture, weapons, paintings. Under the chapel there`s a dungeon. There`s an interesting display of torture equipment. There`s also a prisoners cell.
Last but not least, go to the information centre to pick up a walkthrough. trough Gouda. (free of charge) With that you can make a 1.5-3 our city walk trough Gouda.
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