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Gouda that got its name from the family of Van der Goude who constructed a castle in the 11th century on the Gouwe River, is situated in the South Holland province of Netherlands. The majority of the town is below sea level and is an extremely attractive tourist destination mostly for its world-famous cheese, syrup waffles and some monumental architecture. It is very easy to get into Gouda by availing any of the cheap flights to Gouda via Rotterdam that is only 26 km away.
A typical Dutch town with beautiful architecture and lovely canals, Gouda has acquired great fame due to its delicious namesake cheese. The Cheese and Crafts Market is held every summer, where workers in their traditional attire transact their trades against the background of the historic Stadhuis (City Hall). However, those not visiting during the summer season can visit the Gouda Cheese and Crafts Museum (Gouds Kaas-en Ambachtenmuseum) in order to know about the town’s cheese-making heritage and also buy the products.
When you arrive by any of the cheap flights to Gouda via Rotterdam, you will be impressed by the 15th century Stadhuis van Gouda which is one of the country’s oldest city halls built in Gothic style and containing astoundingly-beautiful statues and tapestries. The candle-illuminated monument is a sight to behold during Christmas time. The giant SintJanskerk (St. John's Church) is worth visiting not only for its superb architecture but also for its 16th century 71-panel display of stained glass depicting Biblical and historic scenes. The town has its share of museums, among which the most interesting ones are the museumgoudA that recounts a millennium of history of the city, and the South Holland Resistance Museum that is dedicated to the brave members of Dutch resistance in World War II. Do not forget to stop by at the Museumhaven Gouda (Gouda Museum Harbour) for its amazing sight of 18 historic sailing vessels and then refresh yourself at the Museumhavencafé.
Gouda has a number of restaurants that not only offer the best of Dutch cuisine but also an ambiance reflective of the town’s old heritage. Your stay at one of the luxurious hotels in Gouda will make your visit even more memorable.