15 October 2018

A Sojourn in Southern Holland: Gouda

After spending the most part of the morning and early afternoon in Den Haag, I took the train for a short hop to Gouda. Gouda, as most people know, is famous for the cheese it produces. So yes, cheese features in several places in this town.

I immediately found my way to the Old Town. And right smack in the middle of it, the Weighing House was there, with a cheese shop at the ground floor, and a cheese museum above. I opted to explore the cheese museum, where I learned how cheese (at least the Gouda version) is made. It is of course a process steeped in tradition.

The cheese museum was actually a guided tour, and I was fortunate to be the only one visitor during that particular tour, so I had the full attention of the tour guide. I learned a lot about cheese making, which was more than the average knowledge one has perhaps. Now I understand how one turns milk into these delightful products that I love.

After spending some time in the cheese museum, I strolled around and checked out the small town. They have an Old Town, of course, which has all the trappings of a typical Dutch town. Canals, narrow houses, and tall people, they're all there. It's a lovely little town perfect for a small afternoon visit.


  1. Oh, that would be on my list of places to visit! Gouda is a foreign cheese French actually respect :-) (Unlike cheddar, for instance...)

    1. Zhu,

      I am curious, what's wrong with cheddar? I understand that there can be several varieties of it originating from various places around the world, but one can still find a respectable variety if one searches for it. :)