Alkmaar is a delightful city with centuries of history that is well worth a visit. We are happy to suggest the following walking tour, already marked on the city map:
The tour starts at the Canadaplein, named to commemorate the liberation of the city in 1945 by Canadian troops. This square house is Alkmaar’s Municipal Museum, the Stedelijk Museum.The route then takes you past the Grote Sint Laurenskerk, the largest church in Alkmaar. As you walk you will pass Granada an ideal address for delicious Tapas. You turn into the Langestraat and see on your left hand Huize Egmont this was built in 1741 for Carel de Dieu, mayor of Alkmaar. The recommended route then takes you along the town’s largest shopping street which also features the Town Hall (Stadhuis), completed in 1520, after 11 years of construction work. Next you meet Elhorst Food and Drinks already 55 years for a delicious Alkmaarse Bol. The next stage of the route takes you to the Rudi Carell square, an open square named after the late well-known cabaret artist, you will find a bust from him here. After crossing the canal you will pass the Hofje van Splinter courtyard which is more than 350 years old. Via the Vrouwenstraat, part of the former red light district, you pass Alkmaar’s most charming shop, the ‘Cadeau en Verzamelwinkel’ , the perfect address for unique collector’s pieces. Turn right at the end and you see the Molen van Piet windmill. You walk across the green city park, which follows the water. Once on the Hofstraat, you see the Baptistenkerk church. On the Huigbrouwerstraat make sure you do not miss the delightful Ouderwetse Winkel Boom. Why not pay a visit to Anne & Max where they serve delicious breakfasts, coffee and cakes, and lunches. Via the Vismarkt, where in the past fresh fish were delivered directly by boat, You will make your way onto the Platte Stenenbrug bridge. Here you turn right into the Hekelstraat. You are now in the ‘Old Town’. This was the shopping and crafte center in the nineteenth century. Then walk via the Sint Jacobstraat and the Verdronkenoord towards the North Holland Canal. From here you can admire the historic building of the former Salt Works. The next site of real interest is the Accijnstoren, a tower built in 1662 as a monitoring point for the collection of import and export duties charged on the goods carried by water. The route continues along the bank of the canal before turning left into the Keizerstraat. After a short distance, on the other side of the water you will see the Vigilantie, a warehouse built during the second half of the 17th century. You will also pass by the Huis met de Kogel, named after the Spanish cannonball, which is still visible in the wall. Each year on 8 October, celebrations are held to commemorate the victory over the Spanish colonial powers. Once you reach the Waagplein square, you will see the pride of Alkmaar, the Waagtoren. Today, this building houses the cheese museum .The entrance to the Beer museum is located just to your right. Our route continues towards one of Alkmaar’s many courtyards: Het Hof van Sonoy where a monastery once stood. Follow the route towards the Boterstraat, where you will find some unique shops, continue the route towards the Paardenmarkt. If you pass through the Bolwerk you will soon find yourself back on the Canadaplein, the starting point of your walking tour. We hope you have thoroughly enjoyed your tour of the city.