Golden products of Gouda
Say Gouda, say cheese. The city of Gouda brings a smile on your face. Wheels of golden cheeses welcome you as you enter the city, the scent of freshly baked golden stroopwafels lead you into the historical centre with its maze of cosy streets around the church with amazing stained glass windows. Wandering through Gouda city you see a hint of this golden gem in Holland. Cross the city’s borders and you find the gold in Gouda area local food, windmills and water.
The Cheese Valley in the Green Heart of Holland
Located in the Green Heart of Holland and in the middle of the Cheese Valley, Gouda can be easily reached by public transport from Amsterdam, The Hague or Rotterdam. It’s a great destination for foodies and culture lovers. The many local festivals such as Stroopwafel Day, Gouda by Candlelight and the Erasmus Festival add an extra dimension to your visit to the Golden city of cheese, stroopwafels ( the typical Dutch caramel cookies) and other Dutch gold.
The Dutch golden city
Gouda is named after the river Gouwe. A long long time ago Gouda locals saw gold in the water. It was the peat glistering in the sun. You could say this peat river Gouwe brought the gold into Gouda’s city centre. Transport of golden cheese and raw materials such as grain and clay went by water. Workshops and factories in the city centre made stroopwafels out of the grain and pipes and Gouda pottery out of clay.
Gouda stroopwafel workshops & ceramic factories
Nowadays most of the stroopwafel workshops and ceramic factories have moved outside of Gouda’s historical centre. Fortunately they’re just a bike ride away in Gouda area local food, windmills and water. Follow the river and live the Dutch water management system. Ride on a dike, see the polders on both sides, feel how the water gives and takes, hear how windmills and pumping stations manage the water level. Near the water you’ll find the earthenware factory and cheese farms.
Experience the Gouda cheese making
To truly experience the story of Gouda cheese start at the Gouda cheese market (April – August) in the historical city centre and then follow the river into the Gouda countryside. You will see the cows eating green green grass. It is this grass, full of herbs, which gives flavor to the Gouda cheese. The cheese is made in a cheese farm. The cheese making is one of the most fascinating things. One of my favorite cheese makers was spot on when she said:
“It’s amazing to see how it just takes a couple of hours for milk to turn into cheese”
Get social with a local in Gouda area local food, windmills and water
The best way to enjoy the local food is by getting social with a local. So visit a cheese farm, do a stroopwafel workshop, enter a local shop and taste the fresh, homemade products in Gouda area local food, windmills and water – an environment that breathes history.
Gouda area local food, windmills & water group activities take place all year through.
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