Alkmaar is historical with around 400 monuments. the Waag, dating back in its earliest form to the 14th century, the 16th century town-hall, Grote St. Laurens Church and the many courtyards, facades and canals give the town an ambience all of its own. With the past as a setting, the town has a modern stock of shops offering a wide choice. Besides the predominantly small shops in the old centre, the Noorder Arcade with large scale shopping facilities stands by the side of the Noord Holland Canal.
Alkmaar is the biggest town in the region and therefore also its centre for going out. There is a range of restaurants of various kinds, pavement cafés and coffee houses, as well as theatres and museums. Numerous events are also organized including The Relief of Alkmaar, Culinary Plaza and Cheese Town Jass. Relaxation can also be found in the Geestmerambacht recreational area close by, and the parks and sports facilities. More on http://www.vvvalkmaar.nl and on http://www.sprekendegevelsalkmaar.nl
Amsterdam – Edam/Volendam – De Rijp – Alkmaar – Zaandam – Haarlem – Lisse – (Leiden -) – Woubrugge