A May 2000 trip
to Gouda by Re Carroll
Quote: Gouda is a pretty, little Dutch town that deserves at least a brief visit during any trip around the Netherlands.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 20, 2000
It was built in 1668 by master builder Pieter Post who also built Maastricht City Hall and Mauritshuis in The Hague.
The first thing you notice is a large relief above the door made from white marble or stone. It shows the rounds of cheese being placed on the scales while the seller? buyer? watches the proceedings.
Inside De Waag are large wooden scales that were used to weigh the cheese. For a fee, you can stand on them and get weighed but I didn't even want to guess at my weight - after all, I'm on holidays.
Photos and exhibits explain all the steps in making cheese, from milking the cow through to the final product. There is a large cow statue with udders that kids can milk but the most popular part was the cheese samples, Gouda, of course.
If you have kids, they'll probably enjoy the scales and the cow. If you're interested in the process of cheese making, stop in but if you're pressed for time in Gouda, you can bypass touring De Waag without missing much.
De Waag is open from Tuesday to Saturday at 10 a.m. and from noon on Sunday.
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 20, 2000
De Waag (The Weighing House)
Sint-Janskerk (St. John's Church)
near the Markt
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