Many of you know Gouda without having been there. It is a town between Den Haag and Utrecht but everybody knows it for the cheese.
The best time to go to Gouda is when they have the Cheese market. You can see the Gouda presented on the market square and watch old man fighting for the best price. There are girls in traditional costumes, horses, Dutch cookies, cheese stands, you can try Herring and have your weight measured with a traditional cheese weighing machine.
Many people come to see the cheese and the traditional argument between the cheese producer and the retailer on the market square. Many of this people are from The Netherlands so that we didn’t feel that much like tourists. Gouda is an attraction also for Dutch people.
At home I don’t normally check my weight but the way you can do it in Gouda is very special. They have an old cheese weighing machine and you get a certificate with your weight in pounds and your name.
If you want to be a Gouda for 5 minutes this is the best way to do it ;)
Besides the cheese, Gouda has some nice canals to get away from the crowded center.
On our way back we headed to the central station where we encountered the typical Dutch bike parking space with many bikes waiting for their owners. I think it is nice that so many people use their bikes here, even in small cities or towns you will find many bikes everywhere.