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 houses Alkmaar’s Municipal Museum, the Stedelijk Museum (7). The route then takes you past the Grote Sint Laurenskerk, the largest church in Alkmaar. As you walk you will pass Granada (21), an ideal address for delicious Tapas. Huize Egmont (a) 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 (50) already 55 years for a delicious Alkmaarse Bol. The next stage of the route takes you to the Rudi Carell Plaats (b), an open square named after the late well-known cabaret artist. 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’ (47), the perfect address for gifts and unique collector’s pieces, and the Molen van Piet windmill. Once on the Hofstraat, ahead of you the Baptistenkerk church will come into view. At the junction of the Hofstraat and Laat, you will see the Roobeek specialist camping store on your right-hand side.(44) On the Huigbrouwerstraat make sure you do not miss the delightful Ouderwetse Winkel (27). To your left, why not pay a visit to Anne & Max (1) where they serve delicious breakfasts, coffee and cakes, and lunches. A bit further at the Mient you find Meat & Co(38) for meat lovers pur sang. Via the Vismarkt, where in the past fresh fish were delivered directly by boat, you will make your way onto the Platte Stenenbrug bridge. Now follow the Groot Nieuwland 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 tower. Today, the building houses the cheese museum (9). The entrance to the Beer museum (41) 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. This municipal monument was built in 1877 by the celebrated government architect Cornelis Hendrik Peters. Further along the Gedempte Nieuwesloot you will come across the authentic Alkmaars Koffiehuis (28), a friendly coffee bar with a homely atmosphere, serving great food and drinks. Follow 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.