Gouda originated in the eleventh century at the mouth of the Gouwe in the Hollandse IJssel. The settlement quickly became very important. The mouth of the Gouwe was extended to a harbor. The city mainly benefited from the busy inland shipping between Flanders and Holland. In 1272 Gouda received city rights from Count Floris V of Holland. In the Middle Ages, Gouda developed into an important center for trade and industry. In the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, the city was ravaged by major fires. Many inhabitants worked in the various beer breweries in the city. In addition, a significant cloth industry existed and pipes and pottery were produced. Gouda sheets, Gouda pipes and Gouda pottery were also exported and enjoyed great national and international fame. Gouda became the fifth city of Holland.
Sint Janskerk: Whoever enters Sint Jan falls silent when he sees the majestic space with the 72 world-famous stained-glass windows. That experience only gets stronger when you see the wonderful light invade through the ‘Dutch Masters’. It is the start of an impressive journey through Biblical and historical scenes full of human emotions. At 123 meters, it is also the longest church in the Netherlands.
The Jerusalem Chapel and the Agnite Chapel: The Jerusalem Chapel is a chapel in the Dutch city of Gouda. After the priest and vicar of the Goudse Sint-Janskerk, Gijsbert Raet, made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem between 1478 and 1487 , he had a twelve-sided chapel built around 1500, after the model of the Holy Sepulcher, back in Gouda. It is the best-preserved chapel of this type in the Netherlands.  The chapel included an altar with a painted triptych, a golden chasuble and a monument commemorating the Holy Sepulcher. During the visit to the chapels, you can look around at your leisure and enjoy the history and history of the chapels.
Museum Gouda: In the museum you will get a guided tour during which you will learn everything about Gouda. There is also an animated film about the development of Gouda, in 7 minutes, over the centuries; from desolate and empty to the present. There is also a huge city model, in which Gouda from the year 1562 was accurately recreated on a scale of 1: 350.
A stroopwafel literally “syrup waffle” is a wafer cookie made from two thin layers of baked dough joined by a caramel filling. First made in the Dutch city of Gouda, stroopwafels are popular throughout the Netherlands and the former Dutch Empire and have become one of the best known Dutch dishes.
Make your own in the city of Gouda?
The Ambachtenkwartier is new in Gouda, where 18 Gouda craft shops present themselves to the public. You can really experience the crafts yourself.
What could be more fun than baking your own syrup waffle in the city of Gouda syrup waffles. This is possible at Van Vliet syrup waffle bakery. They have been baking syrup waffles according to an old secret recipe for more than 100 years. You can take a look at the bakery during the production process and learn the history of the syrup wafer.
After this you can bake the syrup waffle yourself, of course under the supervision of a professional syrup waffle baker. It is also possible to book a tasting, because in addition to the real syrup waffle, there are more syrup wafer treats to taste.
10:00 – 10:15 am arrival in Gouda
10:15 – 12:00 hrs walk through authentic city center incl. Guided tour with guide Sint Janskerk;
12:00 – 13:00 delicious 2-course lunch;
13:00 – 15:30 City game by Gouda;
or workshop Making stroopwafels
or guided tour Cheese Museum;
15:30 – 17:00 visit to De Kaaswaag
17:00 – 17:45 drinks and awards ceremony;
17:45 – 20:30 3-course dinner
20:30 – 22:00 drinks with game program
22:00 end of outing