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Gouda: Sint-Janskerk Rooftop Walk Entry Ticket

1. Gouda: Sint-Janskerk Rooftop Walk Entry Ticket

Discover the views from the rooftop of the Sint-Janskerk with this attraction ticket in Gouda. Become a part of the city's skyline from this unique position perched atop the longest church in the Netherlands. Show your ticket at the entrance under the down and begin your accent of this Gothic masterpiece. Take the stairs up past a 20-meter tall organ and a conservator's workshop where you can see where the preservation work takes place. Reach the rooftop and capture impressive photos of the tower and the city of Gouda. Stroll over the rooftop which is 123 meters-long with views over the entire town and its surroundings.

Gouda: Guided Tour of Goudsche Waag Cheese and Crafts Museum

2. Gouda: Guided Tour of Goudsche Waag Cheese and Crafts Museum

Enter the Goudsche Waag and find yourself in another world. Take a guided tour of the building and learn about the centuries-old Gouda crafts. Taste the flavor, from beer to plateel, syrup waffles to cheese. Get the whole story. Explore the ground floor museum of the De Goudse Waag historic building. View the different products that were weighed and traded there, and discover the secrets contained in the sculptures.  

Gouda: Entry Ticket to Church of St. John with Audioguide

3. Gouda: Entry Ticket to Church of St. John with Audioguide

Visit the church of St. John in Gouda and discover all its beauty with the help of an audioguide. Watch the sun shine through the 72 world-famous stained-glass windows and mmediately understand what makes St John’s in Gouda so special.  No other church in the world has so much sixteenth-century stained glass. The Gouda Windows, as they are known, are among the supreme achievements of European glass painting. Gaze in awe at the superb colors and rich interplay of light that contribute to the hushed atmosphere in the longest church in the Netherlands.

Gouda: Sint-Janskerk Church & Museum Gouda Admission Tickets

4. Gouda: Sint-Janskerk Church & Museum Gouda Admission Tickets

The venues of this spectacular double exhibition are Museum Gouda and its neighbour, the Church of Saint John, in the monumental city centre of Gouda. This is not only the longest church in the Netherlands, but from April 2022 also the most talked about. Because inside, you say a temporary goodbye to the world as you know it. After leaving the 21st century, you end up in the hustle and bustle of the Church of Saint John around 1570. A feast for all your senses. You come face to face with the wonderful altarpieces that used to be standing there. You also see mystical projections and light that plays tag with the invisible. Above you, the colours of the stained glass flame brightly – almost eighteen hundred square metres in total, a significant part of all sixteenth-century glass in the Netherlands. Your ears hear lost sounds, heavenly music, and the voices of storytellers. They show you the way in the sixteenth century. Your nose discovers incense and the smell of mercy. And your sense of touch? It makes you tingle, because time is tangible here.

Gouda: City Hall Entrance Ticket

5. Gouda: City Hall Entrance Ticket

Book your entry ticket to the city hall of Gouda and wander through this magnificent building that’s been the jewel of the market square for over 5.5 centuries. Discover the Wedding Hall, the Mayor's Room, the Council Room, and the Civic Hall in the basement. As you explore the rooms in the town hall, from the basement where meat used to be inspected to the attic where until recently the city council met, gain insight about the town and its people. Learn about the various renovations that illustrate how fashion and taste have changed over the centuries. In the Middle Ages, Gouda was already an important center due to its position near the rivers Hollandsche IJssel and Gouwe. As the town grew in importance, it needed a new and impressive town hall. The new town hall cost more than half the town’s annual budget. The town hired Jan Kelderman III, a member of a famous Mechelen-based family of architects. More than a hundred skilled workers from home and abroad worked for two years to create this elegant palace. In 1450, the building was more or less complete. The steps and landing were added 150 years later. 

Gouda: Escape Tour - Self-Guided Citygame

6. Gouda: Escape Tour - Self-Guided Citygame

Did you know that Gouda had almost lost its image as a cheese city to the nearby village of Schoonhoven? Schoonhoven also had delicious cheese, but also had a smart cheese girl who was popular with many (influential) rich men. With the Escape Tour Gouda you will learn more about this while you are looking for the secret exit! Choose your starting time with your teammates, beginning at anytime day or night. Make your way across the city, checking off tasks to find all the clues you need to reach the secret passage. As you search for clues, marvel at the beautiful sights of the town. Walk through the lovely streets and keep an eye out for the many historic buildings in the city center. Work quickly, and you and your team could set the record for the fastest tour. Good luck!

Gouda: 2-Hour Monument Walking Tour

7. Gouda: 2-Hour Monument Walking Tour

Your morning or afternoon in Gouda will start at your hotel or if you travel to Gouda from elsewhere at the train station. Set off in a relaxing pace to make sure you really get to see, feel and learn all about this town. The main square of the city is called Market. In the middle of the fan shaped square you will find the city hall. This building was constructed after the great cityfire in 1450 and is one of the oldest townhalls in the Netherlands. At the side of the building there is a carillion with a puppet performance about the cityrights granted to Gouda in 1272. Also at the square you will encounter the 17th century constructed weighing house. In this weighing house the famous Gouda Cheese was weighed for many centuries. Nowadays in the summertime (April – August) every Thursday morning a cheesemarket takes place in Gouda. South of the square you will see the famous Saint John church. This church is the longest church of the Netherlands, measuring 123 meters. The church is best known for its beautiful stained glass windows. One of the many highlights during your visit to Gouda will be the hidden gem of the Gouda museum, its amazing garden with many sculptures. After the tour enjoy your ultimate treat: the local specialty “Stroopwafel”, a thin waffle filled with syrup.

Alphen aan den Rijn: Open-Air Museum Archeon Tickets

8. Alphen aan den Rijn: Open-Air Museum Archeon Tickets

Dive into the past of the Netherlands with tickets to the Archeon open-air museum in Rijn, which features 43 reconstructed buildings made from archaeological finds. Join one of the guided tours, listen to fascinating narratives, or participate in numerous activities.  Learn from the archaeo-interpreters dressed in clothes of the time and who interpret the different periods of the past. They can also answer your questions about each period.  Go canoeing, throw some spears, play a medieval ball game, or make a brooch. Or would you like to have your fortune told by a Temple Priestess? You can also enjoy a Roman massage or decide over the life of gladiators and much more. Visit the reconstructed Gallo-Roman villa, which houses the Roman Museum. You can also enjoy delicious food and drinks in the Roman restaurant or the medieval monastery. Browse the store for many great books and souvenirs.

Gouda, Witches & Cheese - Private Day Tour

9. Gouda, Witches & Cheese - Private Day Tour

Be driven directly to Gouda on a comfortable 1-hour journey. Pass the typical Dutch polder landscape on the way. Begin a walking tour of Gouda and learn about the city’s history. See highlights like the famous cheese Weighing House (De Waag), the town hall, and Sint Jan church. During your trip to Gouda, you do not only get to taste the famous Gouda cheese, but also the famous Stroopwafels (syrup waffles). Visit a real cheese farm or the Cheese experience. After Gouda, be driven through the idyllic countryside beside rivers, passing country mansions, windmills, and farmland in the direction of Oudewater. Go for a short stroll over cobblestones as your guide shows you the city's highlights. After this inspiring journey, be dropped off at your hotel, vacation address, boat pier, or Schiphol Airport.

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What people are saying about Gouda

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 55 reviews

Great to walk in the gutter again after 40 years to see Gouda from above. Definitely a must to do with panoramic views over the landscapes. A day full of childhood memories of my father who worked on the restoration of the St Jan in the 1970s and my grandparents.

Wonderful combination of the cartons (real and replicas) with the audio tour. And all this for free with the museum card.

It was a nice experience, it’s a small but cosy museum. We really enjoy our time there.

Really very nice to go up And the volunteers are great In short, highly recommended

Very good history learning. The museum is very small by the way.