Being in such a vibrant, densely populated region, Gouda is accessible by various means of public transport. The city is served by two railway stations – Gouda and Gouda Goverwelle – where you can catch intercity services from locations such as Rotterdam and The Hague as well as local trains to Amsterdam. If travelling by car, Gouda lies alongside the A12 and A20 motorways so you can be sure of a stress-free drive into the city. Gouda does not have its own airport but Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Eindhoven [link to relevant pages] airports are all within easy reach and transfer services are readily available. This makes it easy to fly into Randstad from almost any European destination. Once arrived and settled in the Campanile hotel GOUDA, you can traverse the city on foot, by bus or by canal boat.
As a city steeped in history, most of Gouda’s food and drink centres around the market square, as it has been for centuries. This is where you can find an array or restaurants, bistros and eateries to suit every taste and budget, all with stunning views of the fifteenth century Town Hall. This isn’t the only section of the city where you can eat out in style, however. Cafés can be found lining the banks of the canal, and nestled in alleyways or secret corners of the city. For the ultimate off-the-beaten-track experience, grab a bite to eat in the garden of a museum behind the Sint-Janskerk church. That is fine dining like no other.
Gouda hosts a wide range of events and festivals that attract visitors to the city. September is a particularly busy month, with a culinary festival taking place and a famous and popular charity run along the canal every year. Lots of extra exhibitions and fairs take place in the summer with tourists in mind – the weekly cheese market, for instance, is an unmissable opportunity to sample exactly what Gouda is so famous for.
Not a fan of Gouda cheese? Not a problem. Visitors to the city who possess a little more of a sweet tooth will adore stroopwafels. First made in Gouda in 1784, stroopwafels are thin layers of waffle with a caramel filling between them. Pick one up from one of the many street vendors.