Gouda – The City of Cheese!


With a day to spare before officially being on holidays for the Christmas break I took the train from Rotterdam Central Station and headed towards Gouda, the city famously known for cheese! Gouda is only approximately 20 minutes by train and is another city in the province in South Holland.

Gouda received its name due to the Van der Goude family who lived in the city and built a fortress near the Gouwe River. Eventually the marshland was developed into what it is now.

Little streets and Canals in Gouda

Little streets and Canals in Gouda, South Holland

As I walked from the station towards the main square called the Markt or “Market” there were many shops and small cafes to enjoy along the way, the Christmas decorations are also up really getting me into the holiday mood!

A cheese store in Gouda

A cheese store in Gouda, South Holland

Gouda is most famous for its cheese that is known globally! The best time to come and visit the city is on Thursdays when there is the cheese market, unfortunately for me it is during the warmer months (I missed it but will return in the spring) and it is apparently a great show and scene to see as the big pieces of cheese are displayed and sold. Make sure that if you visit Gouda to check whether the market it taking place.


Pepernoten (in all shapes, colors and sizes) are now on sale since Sinterklaas is over

Sinterklaas or St. Nicholas recently took place on the 5th December and one of the best treats to eat on that day are pepernoten (in the picture above). It is a kind of biscuit with differing spices and upon reaching the market I found a store specializing in them! All the colors and flavors that I had never seen before.

Walking just a few steps further we were at the market square.

The Market square

The Market square in the heart of Gouda, South Holland

The Market square is the iconic location of the cheese market as well as the location of the famous Stadhuis or “town hall” that looks like a castle from a really old fairytale. After having walked around for a while I stopped to have lunch at one of the café’s around the market. You must try ErwtenSoep, it’s a soup made during the winter season and very dutch!


Stadhuis or “town hall” at the Markt in Gouda

This town hall is open daily for the public until 3pm and is one of the oldest gothic buildings in the whole country. The building really stands out I could have stared at it for hours, the details are amazing!

Me walking around Gouda

Me walking around Gouda

There is history everywhere in Gouda

There is history everywhere in Gouda

This small city is lovely for a day, walking around you come across such distinct buildings and if you love photography it is a great place to visit and take pictures!

Townhouses in Gouda

Townhouses in Gouda, South Holland

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About Sophie

Sophie is Luxury Hotels Group’s Creative PR & Marketing Executive. Unfortunately, she will be pursuing her master’s degree in The Netherlands after the summer, so her time with us is limited. Not only is she half Dutch and Panamanian, but she is an authentic child of the world after having lived in Indonesia, Paraguay, Mexico, Ghana, Spain, The Netherlands, Switzerland, and the UK. To fulfill her insatiable wanderlust, Sophie obtained her bachelor’s degree from the world-renowned École hôtelière de Lausanne. Although her favourite hobbies include indulging in books and modern dance, Sophie’s dream is to visit every country on the planet!