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Gouda Historic Center

Gouda

Netherlands

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Project for Public Spaces
 on 
May 18, 2005
December 14, 2017

A charming beyond-belief pedestrian district of squares, canals, bridges, guild houses, and small shops.

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Made famous by its cheese, this quintessential Dutch town has a large market square with a beautiful 15th-century town hall sitting in the center, and lovely narrow streets. Like most Dutch cities, Gouda has a system of canals and bridges running through it, and is a wonderful place to explore on bicycle.

The city is generally free of tourists except for each Thursday morning between June and August when busloads of tourists pour in for Gouda's famous cheese market. You can watch the cheese being weighed in the Waag (the Weigh-house) and being sold at the market square. For centuries, farmers from the surrounding towns have brought their produce to the market in Gouda.

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Gouda Historic Center
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Gouda Historic Center
Gouda Historic Center
Gouda Historic Center
Gouda Historic Center
Gouda Historic Center
Gouda Historic Center

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