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Welcome to the city pages of Alkmaar

City walk Alkmaar

Alkmaar is a beautiful, centuries old city, Well Worth walk round. We suggest the following walking tour, as drawn on the map. You start at the Canadaplein, named after the Canadian liberation in 1945. Here you will find the Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar municipal museum. You pass the Grote Sint Laurenskerk, the largest church in Alkmaar. Walk along Granada, and enjoy delicious tapas. Huize Egmont (A) was built in 1741 for Carel de Dieu, mayor of Alkmaar. Continue through the largest shopping street in Alkmaar, where you will find the old Stadhuis town hall, which, after 11 years of building, was completed in 1520. Walk in the direction of De Rudy Carell Plaats (B), named after the well-known deceased cabaret artist. After the canal you pass the Hofje van Splinter courtyard, which is more than 350 years old. Via the Vrouwenstraat, a former red-light district, you come to the most charming shop in Alkmaar, for gifts and collector’s items and the Molen van Piet windmill. On the Hofstraat is the Baptistenkerk church. In the Huigbrouwerstraat you will find the old fashioned store. On your left you will see Anne & Max where you can enjoy an delicious breakfast, coffee, cake and lunch. Through the Vismarkt, where the fish used to be directly delivered by boat, you arrive at the Platte Stenenbrug. To the right you find delicious pancakes Walk along the Groot Nieuwland towards the North Holland Canal. Stop and admire the old building of the former salt works.  You will see the Accijnstoren, built in 1622, where imports and exports over water were checked. Continue your route along the waterside and turn left into the Keizerstraat. A little further on, on the other side of the water is De Vigilantie a warehouse, built in the second half of the 17th century. You arrive at the Huis met de Kogel, where a Spanish canon bullet is still visible in the house. We celebrate conquering the Spanish each year on 8 October. Walk via De Waag. The Waagplein has charming pubs. On your right is the entrance to the Beer Museum. Follow your route to one of the many courtyards of Alkmaar: Hof van Sonoy, where a monastery once stood. Here you will also find  a municipal monument built in 1877 by well-known government architect Cornelis Hendrik Peters. Also at the Gedempte Nieuwesloot you find the Alkmaars Koffiehuis a café with a homely atmosphere and great food and drinks. Walk towards the Paardenmarkt, go through the Bolwerk and back to the Canadaplein. We hope that you have really enjoyed your walk!