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Welcome in Alkmaar !

City walk Alkmaar

Alkmaar is a beautiful ancient city that is definitely worth a walk. We suggest the following walk, which is marked on the map:


You start at Canadaplein, named after the liberation by the Canadians in 1945.

You walk past the Grote Sint Laurenskerk, the largest church building in Alkmaar.  You turn into Langestraat and see Huize Egmont  this was built in 1741 for Carel de Dieu. You continue your route through the largest shopping street of Alkmaar, here you will find the old City Hall  which was completed after 11 years of construction in 1520 You will walk along the 2nd largest shopping street of Alkmaar to the old people's houses on the Bolwerk. Past the canal, you will pass the Hofje van Splinter , which is more than 350 years old. Treat yourself to a lovely moment of the day and enjoy all the goodies the Koffiemolen Alkmaar has to offer at the Koffiemolen (20) or look across the street at the store of Strips & Zo (41)

Through the Vrouwenstraat, an old prostitution area, walk past Piet's Mill. You walk across the Alkmaar stronghold, a lovely green area at the water's edge. At the Hofstraat you will see The Baptist Church . if you are the Huigbrouwerstraat, you will still find the "old-fashioned store of J.Boom" (25) Through the Vismarkt , where the fish used to be supplied directly by boat, now you are on the Platte Stenenbrug and walk along the water on the Verdronkenoord towards the Noord-Hollands Kanaal look at the old building of the Salt Factory. You have a nice view of the harbor on the terrace of Restaurant de Turfmarkt (21) you will also see the Accijnstoren built in 1622, here the import and export of goods by water was monitored. Continue your Route along the water and turn left into the Keizerstraat. A little further on stands De Vigilantie (The Vigilance),

his is a warehouse built in the second half of the 17th century. You will come to the House with the Bullet , where a Spanish cannonball is still visible in the house. We still celebrate the victory over the Spanish every year on Oct. 8. You then walk past the Waagplein with Alkmaar's pride, The Waagtoren( )Visit the "cheese experience of AlkmaarsGoud" where the rich history of Alkmaar's famous Kaarsmarkt is told.(14) You continue your route to one of Alkmaar's many almshouses: Het Hof van Sonoy  where there used to be a monastery.  Walk towards the Boterstraat, where you will find contemporary stores. At Elhorst (26) on the Laat you can enjoy a delicious cup of coffee and an Alkmaar bun, a household name in Alkmaar for 60 years.  Continue the route towards the Paardenmarkt. Through the Bolwerk you will walk back to the Canadaplein. We hope you enjoyed it!