Welcome to Gouda & the Green Heart of Holland
Gouda welcomes you to its historic town centre with its centuries-old history. Admire the picturesque city hall, the famous stained-glass windows of Sint-Janskerk (St. John’s Church) and the atmospheric canals with their sidewalk cafes.
Stroll through the town and visit the many charming courtyards, some dating from the 15th century, far from the hectic world of the present.
Explore the town at your own pace. Stroll down the Goudse Waag (Gouda Weigh House) to several patisseries and bakeries to taste the famous Gouda syrup waffles!
Don't forget to visit the gorgeous Market square and settle down on one of the cosy terraces for a drink. See how cheese is carried and sold here at Gouda's weekly Cheese Market on Thursdays!
From Gouda you can easily explore the Green Heart of Holland, a vast area of green land, water, windmills and picturesque roads.
This area can be visited all year round and it's a paradise for nature lovers and bird spotters! Come and join a Green Cow Bike Tour to see more of this area!
Gouda city information
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