It is known that the city of Alkmaar had a weighing house for cheese as early as 1365. The oldest "ordinance on the cheese bearers" dates back from June 17th, 1593. Until the First World War, the cheese market was a vital centre for the trade. In 1916 an average of three hundred tons of cheese was sold on every market day. At that time, the market was open until one-o'clock at night. The market takes place on the Waagplein every Friday from mid-April to mid-September. Our hotel is 21 miles from Alkmaar.