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A hotel in Alkmaar is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Alkmaar hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Alkmaar are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Alkmaar hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Alkmaar hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Alkmaar have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels in Alkmaar
An upscale full service hotel facility in Alkmaar that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Alkmaar hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

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Boutique hotels of Alkmaar are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Alkmaar boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Alkmaar may be classified as luxury hotels.

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Small to medium-sized Alkmaar hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Alkmaar traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Alkmaar hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

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A bed and breakfast in Alkmaar is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Alkmaar bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Alkmaar B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in Alkmaar
Alkmaar hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Alkmaar hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

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Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Alkmaar hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Alkmaar lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in Alkmaar
Alkmaar timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Alkmaar often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Alkmaar on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

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Flag of Alkmaar
Coat of arms of Alkmaar
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Alkmaar in a municipal map of North Holland
Location in North Holland
Coordinates:  / 52.633; 4.750  / 52.633; 4.750
Country Netherlands
Province North Holland
• Body Municipal council
• Mayor Piet Bruinooge (CDA)
• Total 31.20 km (12.05 sq mi)
• Land 29.26 km (11.30 sq mi)
• Water 1.94 km (0.75 sq mi)
Elevation 1 m (3 ft)
Population (April 2016)
• Total 107,822
• Density 3,249/km (8,410/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Alkmaarder
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
• Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 1800–1831
Area code 072
Website www.alkmaar.nl

Alkmaar [ˈɑl(ə)kmaːr] is a municipality and a city in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. Alkmaar is well known for its traditional cheese market. For tourists, it is a popular cultural destination.

Alkmaar: History

Historical population
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1398 3,800 -
1514 4,179 +0.08%
1622 12,417 +1.01%
1632 13,200 +0.61%
1660 13,650 +0.12%
1732 12,500 −0.12%
1795 7,514 −0.80%
Source: , pp. 54–55

The earliest mention of the name Alkmaar is in a 10th-century document. As the village grew into a town, it was granted city rights in 1254. The oldest part of Alkmaar lies on an ancient sand bank that afforded some protection from inundation during medieval times. Even so, it is only a couple of metres above the surrounding region, which consists of some of the oldest polders in existence.

Battle of Alkmaar 1573.

In 1573 the city underwent a siege by Spanish forces under the leadership of Don Fadrique, son of the Duke of Alva. The citizens sent urgent messages for help to the Prince of Orange; he responded by promising to open the floodgates of the dykes and flood the region if the need arose, which despite the protestations of the peasantry, fearful for their harvest, he proceeded to do. Some of his dispatches fell into the hands of Don Fadrique, and, with the waters beginning to rise, the Spaniards raised the siege and fled. It was a turning point in the Eighty Years War and gave rise to the expression Bij Alkmaar begint de victorie ("Victory begins at Alkmaar"). The event is still celebrated every year in Alkmaar on 8 October, the day the siege ended.

In 1799, during the French revolutionary wars, an Anglo-Russian expeditionary force captured the city but was ultimately defeated in the Battle of Castricum. The French victory was commemorated on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris as "Alkmaer".

The North Holland Canal, opened in 1824, was dug through Alkmaar. In 1865 and 1867 the railways between Alkmaar and Den Helder and between Alkmaar and Haarlem were built respectively.

In the second half of the 20th century, Alkmaar expanded quickly with development of new neighbourhoods. On 1 October 1972, the town of Oudorp and the southern portions of Koedijk and Sint Pancras were added to the municipality of Alkmaar.

Alkmaar: Population centres

Canal and bridge

The municipality of Alkmaar consists of the following cities, towns, villages and/or districts: Alkmaar, Koedijk (partly), Overdie, Oudorp and Omval.

These once separate villages are now all linked together by the suburban sprawl of buildings that arose between the late 1970s and early 1990s. During this time, the population of Alkmaar almost doubled.

On 1 January 2015 the municipalities of Graft-De Rijp and Schermer were merged into Alkmaar.

Alkmaar: Local government

The municipal council of Alkmaar consists of 39 seats, which are divided as follows:

  • PvdA – 5 seats
  • OPA – 8 seats
  • CDA – 5 seats
  • VVD – 5 seats
  • GroenLinks – 4 seats
  • Leefbaar Alkmaar – 3 seats
  • D66 – 4 seats
  • DENK – 1 seat
  • BAS - 2 seats
  • Senior's Party of Alkmaar - 2 seats

Alkmaar: Transport

The A9 motorway runs from Amsterdam to Alkmaar, then continues on to Den Helder as the N9.

There are direct trains to Den Helder, Hoorn, Zaandam, Amsterdam, Utrecht, Ede, Arnhem, Nijmegen, 's-Hertogenbosch, Eindhoven, Maastricht and Haarlem. For exact details see Alkmaar railway station.

Alkmaar has two railway stations:

  • Alkmaar
  • Alkmaar Noord

The waterway Noordhollandsch Kanaal, which opened in 1824, runs through Alkmaar.

Alkmaar: Main sights

Cheese market

Alkmaar has many medieval buildings that are still intact, most notably the tall tower of the Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk, where many people from Alkmaar hold their wedding ceremony. The other main attraction, especially in the summer months, is Alkmaar's cheese market at the Waagplein, one of the country's most popular tourist attractions. The cheese market traditionally takes place on the first Friday in April and the last market of the season is the first Friday in September. Every Friday morning (10:00–12:30) the Waagplein is the backdrop for this traditional cheese market. After the old-fashioned way of the hand clap, traders and carriers will weigh the cheeses. It is one of only four traditional Dutch cheese markets still in existence. The traditional fare of this cheese market is those cheeses made in the local area, as opposed to the well-known brands of Dutch cheeses, i.e. Edam cheese and Gouda cheese. It is not actually possible to buy cheese at the market itself, which is really only a demonstration of how this merchants' market operated in times gone by. However, the demonstration, which takes place in front of the medieval weighing house, is surrounded by many specialized stalls where it is possible to buy all kinds of cheese (and non-cheese) related products. The Waag is also home to the local tourist office and a cheese museum. Alkmaar has 399 registered rijksmonuments, of which most are situated along the city's old canals.

Alkmaar has two large theatres and a big cinema (which was originally two cinemas). A red light district is situated at the Achterdam, and Alkmaar has a nightlife scene as well which takes place in the pubs in front of the cheesemarket.

Alkmaar: Museums

  • Beatles Museum – dedicated to The Beatles, as John Lennon's first guitar was made in Alkmaar
  • Holland Cheese Museum – located in the historic weigh house
  • National Beer Museum "De Boom"
  • Op ArtMuseum
  • City Museum Alkmaar – for history of the city

Alkmaar: Sports

Alkmaar is home to the professional football team AZ (Alkmaar Zaanstreek). In 2006, the club moved to a new 17,000 capacity stadium, the DSB Stadion, now named the AFAS Stadion. In 2008–2009, AZ won the Eredivisie, the Dutch football league. It was the second league title for the club after the Eredivisie in 1980/81 with only one league defeat.

The city also has a velodrome where the Dutch national track cycling championships are held every year.

Alkmaar: Notable residents

Weighing house
Topographic map of Alkmaar, Sept. 2014
  • Petrus Forestus (1521), physician
  • Willem Blaeu (1571), cartographer (may have been born in Uitgeest)
  • Metius (1571), geometer / astronomer
  • Cornelis Drebbel (1572), inventor of the first navigable submarine
  • Joan Blaeu (1598), cartographer
  • Cornelis van der Lijn (1608), Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies
  • Caesar van Everdingen (1616/7), painter
  • Emanuel de Witte (1617), painter
  • Allaert van Everdingen (1621), painter
  • Willem de Fesch (1687), composer
  • Anna Smitshuizen (1751), murder victim
  • Geertruida Bosboom-Toussaint (1812), novelist
  • Hendrik Willem Bakhuis Roozeboom (1854), chemist
  • Kees Boeke (1884), educator and pacifist
  • Jan Wils (1891), architect and founding member of the De Stijl movement
  • Cornelis Berkhouwer (1919), President of the European Parliament 1973-1975
  • Alfred Peet (1920), founder of American coffee retailer Peet's Coffee & Tea
  • Rudi Carrell (1934), entertainer
  • Rudi Vis (1941) British politician
  • Sybilla Dekker (1942), cabinet minister
  • Harm Ottenbros (1943), cyclist, 1969 world champion
  • Jos Punt (1946), bishop
  • Dick Quax (1948), long distance runner
  • Patrick Cammaert (1950), UN peacekeeping mission /Force commander
  • Gerard Joling (1960), singer
  • Lorena Kloosterboer (1962), artist and author, born in Alkmaar
  • Marco Borsato (1966), singer
  • Jakko Jan Leeuwangh (1972), speed skater
  • Steven de Jongh (1973), cyclist
  • Tom Six (1973), horror filmmaker
  • Maarten van der Weijden (1981), long distance swimmer; Dutch Sportsman of the year 2008
  • Theo Bos (1983), cyclist
  • Melissa Venema (1995), trumpeter
  • Tom Budgen (1985), professional wrestler currently signed to the WWE under the name Aleister Black

Alkmaar: Twin towns-sister cities

Alkmaar is twinned with:

  • Germany Darmstadt, Germany, since 1958
  • United Kingdom Bath, United Kingdom
  • Hungary Tata, Hungary
  • Turkey Bergama, Turkey
  • France Troyes, France

Alkmaar: References

  1. "College van burgemeester en wethouders" [Board of mayor and aldermen] (in Dutch). Gemeente Alkmaar. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  2. "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  3. "Postcodetool for 1815AG". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  4. "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 7 April 2017. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  5. Ad van der Meer and Onno Boonstra, Repertorium van Nederlandse gemeenten, KNAW, 2006.
  6. alkmaar.notubiz.nl
  7. nl:Lijst van rijksmonumenten in Alkmaar
  8. "Städtepartnerschaften und Internationales". Büro für Städtepartnerschaften und internationale Beziehungen (in German). Retrieved 26 July 2013.
  9. "Bath's Twinning Associations". The Mayor of Bath. Archived from the original on 17 May 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  10. "Town Twinning". Bath and North East Somerset Council. Archived from the original on 27 October 2007. Retrieved 12 December 2007.

Alkmaar: Literature

  • Lourens, Piet; Lucassen, Jan (1997). Inwonertallen van Nederlandse steden ca. 1300–1800. Amsterdam: NEHA. ISBN 9057420082.
  • Media related to Alkmaar at Wikimedia Commons
  • Alkmaar travel guide from Wikivoyage
  • Alkmaar's official Web site
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