My hometown Gouda Apr 28, 2008
Here a review of my hometown Gouda, Holland.
It's hard to write about your own town.
I copied some stuff from the internet and added some of my own.
I hope you think it's usefull.
Otherwise PM me or give me a call and i'll take you on a tour.
Gouda, cheese city
Whoever says Gouda not only thinks immediately of cheese, pipes, treacle waffles and earthenware, but also of stained glass windows, a picturesque town hall and romantic canals. Gouda is a real old Dutch town with a virtually intact town centre.
Gouda has more than 300 monuments! In about 1.5 hours, you walk through old streets and alleyways.
You can visit the Pottery, where clay pipes are still being made in the traditional way. In one of the oldest streets in the centre, the Hoge Gouwe, you can find a unique candle-making shop, De Vergulde Kaars (Gilded Candle). To immerse fully into the atmosphere of candles, you can roll up your sleeves and dip, cast or colour a candle yourself.
The 123-metre long St. Janskerk (St. John’s Church) with its world-famous stained-glass windows, the fabulous Gothic Town Hall and the Waag (Weigh House) are well worth a visit to Gouda! The Gouda museums are the Catharina Gasthuis, formerly the municipal hospital, the pipe and earthenware museum the Moriaan and the Verzetsmuseum Zuid-Holland (Resistance Museum). Also visit the Cultural and Harbour Quarter with Weeshuisplein (Orphanage Square), the Catharinatuin (Catherina Garden, various hofjes (almshouses) and Museumhaven Gouda (Gouda Harbour Museum).
When you are tired of strolling through shopping streets, museums and past the many monuments, you can go to one of the pavement cafés on the Markt (Market) or to one of the many Gouda restaurants. In the evening you can enjoy a dinner in almost every imaginable style and price class. You can obtain a good impression of the culinary possibilities in Gouda during the culinary walk: "Gouda Delights".
Many organisations annually organise lively events for the inhabitants and visitors of Gouda. Each month things are happening in the town. The Pottenbakkersfestival (Potter Festival) and Gouda bij Kaarslicht (Gouda in Candle Light) annually attract many thousands of visitors.
Gouda is not only a town where history and culture enthusiasts come into their own, but Gouda is also a charming town for shop-a-holics.
What to do in Gouda
Besides sleeping, shopping and visiting events there are of course many other things to do in Gouda. For example, there are very nice and interesting museums in the centre of Gouda, such as the Verzetsmuseum Zuid-Holland (Resistance Museum) and Kaas en Ambachtenmuseum (Cheese and Handicraft Museum).
Well there is much more, interesting stuff too :)
But i'll upload some pictures for you later.
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