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Printable programme overview Gouda by Candlelight, 63rd edition, 14
December 2018 (Be aware, approx. 27 pages including 5 walks)
Overview of spots and programme
This year the programme of Gouda by Candlelight has a different
set-up. Instead of the former set-up, the total programme in
approximately 30 locations, this year the performances and activities
are divided over a number of routes. Each route have both a colour and
a theme, for example Youth, Theatre, Classical music etc. Per route
the locations have a number starting from 1. These routes are
available in the smartphone app xplreGouda, both in the Apple and
Google app stores.
The routes and locations can be found in the legend at the end of this
document. This is the legend that can be downloaded from the homepage
(Plattegrond downloaden) of
Unless specifically mentioned otherwise, admission is free. This will
be the case in almost all locations and performances, including the
entrance of Museum Gouda.
Follow Gouda by Candlelight on Facebook and Twitter
(@GoudaKaarslicht). Programme and walks in Gouda’s medieval town
centre can also be found in the app xplreGouda (developed by Centric
Gouda), an easy way to find your way around town. The app is available
for Apple and android smartphones.

Overview of routes
Main locations
Market and surroundings
Gouwekerk (Gouwe Church) Hoge Gouwe 41
Sint-Janskerk (Saint John’s Church), Achter de Kerk 2
Arti Legi, Markt 27
De Goudse Waag (Gouda Cheese weighing house), Markt 35
Achter de Waag (Behind the Cheese Weighing House)
Classical and Chior route (Red route)
Christelijke Gereformeerde Kerk, Hoge Gouwe 141
Oud-Katholieke Kerk, Hoge Gouwe 107
Sint Joostkapel, Lage Gouwe 134
Agnietenkapel, Nieuwe Markt 100
Poetry and Art route (Purple route)
Galerie Honingen, Lange Tiendeweg 40
Jeruzalemkapel/Schoolmeesterswoning (Jeruzalemstraat 11)/Weeshuis
(Speiringstraat 1), /Firma van Drie/Fa. Roodbol (Achter de Kerk
MuseumGouda, Achter de Kerk 14
Blomatelier, Molenwerf 22
Galerie de Hollandsche Maagd, Oosthaven 28
Theodorusstichting, Westhaven 33
Galerie Montulet, Hoge Gouwe 115
Theatre route (Green route)
Chocoladefabriek, Klein Amerika
Kleischuur, Vest 2
Kleintheater Zwaan, Zwaansgat 15
Museumhavencafé ‘IJsselhuys’
Pop route (Orange route)
Bar van Miranda en Ramon, Spieringstraat 113
Music Art Centre Gouda Studio’s, Oosthaven 12
Sociëteit Concordia, Westhaven 27
Visbanken, Hoge en Lage Gouwe
LF Gouda, Hoge Gouwe 89
Youth route (Blue route)
Hofje van Jongkind, Zeugstraat 28
Cultuurhuis Garenspinnerij, Turfsingel 34

Full Programme
Main locations and around the Market square (between 2–5pm)
In the centre and on the market square you may run into clowns,
storytellers and other artists. The Gouda Puppet ‘Gordijn opzij’ (Move
the Curtain) plays an Italian fairy tale: La Bambola e la Luce.
Gorgeous, graciously Tudor-style dressed ladies will roam the Market
Square, always prepared to appear in your selfies.
Midwinter horn blowers, well-known guests at Gouda by Candlelight,
play traditional music. The group originates from the ´Veluwe´ area;
they are dressed in traditional costumes as they blow their horns.
Theatre Company ‘Maskerade’ plays scenes from Charles Dickens’ ‘A
Christmas Carol’ and other tales by this famous British writer.
Walking improvising theatre group the 'Gorgonen' with Clara van de
Boom, Claudia Verschuren en Marleine Verbeek play ‘Faded Glory’
Christmas clowns provide entertainment for young and old at different
spots in the centre.
‘Voetfolk’, singing minstrels with antique musical instruments across
the centre. Historical Dutch barrel organ De Lekkerkerker
Cor Verkade, great admirer of famous Dutch writer Godfried Bomans,
will present the writer’s Christmas fairy tale ‘the Christmas Angel’
(in Dutch)
Ukulele Paradise, performance of Gouda’s Ukuleleorchestra, directed by
Eveline en Marcel.
Ukulele and Christmas? A wonderful combination, and the band will sing
with their own music!
6-10pm: Square in front of the station, by arrival at Gouda, centrum
site of the station, music group ‘de "Uit"Blazers’ immediately bring
you in the mood for Christmas
Ceremony of enlightening of the Christmas tree on the Market Square
6.30–8pm : The Christmas carol sing-along around the large Christmas
tree in front of the town hall starts at 6.30 pm. Gouda’s Mayor Mr
Schoenmaker will read the Nativity Story. Child Mayor Tess Huismans
will contribute to the ceremony, as will our city poet Pieter Stroop
van Renen. The tree will be illuminated by the mayor of Gouda’s
Norwegian sister city Kongsberg. Musical accompaniment will be in the
hands of the Brass Band Schoonhoven.
The enchanting musical surprise of the evening is mezzo-soprano Tania
Kross will sing a selection of her theatre programme Kross 2000, a
musical journey from Bach to Beyoncé. She will also sing two special
pieces with Gouda’s choir Toonkunst (celebrating its 100th
anniversary). A children’s choir will certainly bring you in the
special Christmas spirit. Musical director of the evening is Gouda’s
well-known Carillonneur Boudewijn Zwart.
8:15–10pm : The Brass Bells from Pijnacker / JD’s Jingle bells Big
Band play live on the market square.
De burgerhal (reverse side of the Old Townhall on the Market square)
9–10.30 pm : Fine and Mellow play jazzy songs in Christmas spirit
2. Gouwe Kerk (Gouwe Church) - Hoge Gouwe 41
2.15–3.15pm : Official Candlelight Opening concert, featuring Gouda’s
choir Toonkunst, celebrating its 100th anniversary, director Leo
Rijkaart, mezzo-soprano Estra van Nieuwkoop and on the piano Boudewijn
4–5pm : Gouds Young vocalist choir, conducted by Danielle van Laar.
5–6pm : Pop choir Summertime will bring musical and pop songs and
Christmas carols
8-10pm Evening concert with Gouda city brass band De Pionier,
conducted by Dick Verhoef, pop choir Prestige, conductor Lucas Vermeer
and primary school choir Casi Choir, conducted by John Tak. All these
musical groups and bands will perform separately and together in a
very lively Christmas programme.
3. Sint-Janskerk / Achter de kerk (Saint John’s church) - Achter de
Kerk 16
10 am–> : Visit this beautiful Gothic church and its amazing stained
glass windows. With its length of 123 meters, the longest church in
11am–10pm : Winter fair, over 40 stands with local products and
Christmas artefacts, all for charity. Visit the chapel of silence and
contemplation, and light a Gouda candle for a loved one.
Christmas Labyrinth: a search through the nativity story in silence
Rest for a moment at the Food court to enjoy freshly prepared meals
and snacks.
11.30am-12.30pm City organ player of the Saint John’s church, Gerben
Budding, plays the famous Moreau-organ, dating from 1736
1.30–2.15pm : Elderly orchestra from Brass Band De Pionier
2.30pm : Pax et Bonum, a choir of Monks from historical archaeological
theme park Archeon present medieval devotional songs and Gregorian
chants, walking through the church.
3.30–4.15pm : Performance of dynamical ladies choir ‘Music All’
5–7pm Brand New Music, Tim and Nina den Hartog (winner Idols 2016)
bring famous Christmas Carols and invite you to sing along
8–9.30pm Concert by Elspeets Male Ensemble, conductor Dick van Asselt
4. Arti Legi, Markt 27
3–5 and 8–9.30pm: Symphonical orchestra ‘Midden Holland’ is a young
fun but ambitious musical group. Tonight especially composed Wind band
performs in this beautiful historical monument.
5. De Kaaswaag (Cheese Weighing house, behind the town hall) - Markt
10am-5pm : VVV (Tourist Information), Information about Gouda, Gouda
by Candlelight and start point of the guided city walks. Walks start
at 3 and 4 pm. A special walk at 4.30 pm is German spoken. The city
walks take approx. 60 minutes (Cost: € 4 pp) – Tickets at VVV ground
At the end of this programme overview you will find a number of
do-it-yourself walks, including the walk centred around Gouda born
poet and scientist Leo Vroman and The Windmill Walk.
2–5pm : The Cheese Museum open for visits
3.30–5pm: Traditional folk dancing group ‘At va ‘Ani’ with traditional
Dutch and Norwegian dances (In front of ‘De Goudsche KaasWaag’)
8–9.30pm : Ladies of Paris, three ladies sing about love. A bit tough,
a bit naughty, but with a disarming charm right from the heart. For
one night only!
6. Achter de Waag (Behind the Cheese Weighing house)
11am–11pm : Living nativity scene and manger. Living animals will
surround Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus. The donkey is here, as are many
other animals. Children are allowed to walk in and out freely. The
Three Kings have already arrived.
Foodcourt, snacks and coffee
3–5pm : Preview of the Walking Christmas Street theatre group, who
will perform on the 21st of December, at the corner of the Zeugstraat.

Classical and Choir route (Red route)
1. Chr. Gereformeerde kerk (Christian Reformed Church) - Hoge Gouwe
2.30–3.30pm : School choir primary school ‘de Ridderslag’ conducted by
Christine Heetebrij.
3.45–4.45pm: Henny Brink sings songs from musical to mantra.
4.45–6pm : Musical programme performed by the church’ Community
8–10pm : A programme of Caribbean and Jewish music with Golden Faden
Klezmer music, conductor Frank Heerze and ‘Bigger band’ conducted by
Ger de Zeeuw.
2. Oud-Katholieke kerk (Old Catholic Church) - Hoge Gouwe 107
Open from 12am onward. A beautiful church with baroque interior from
1632, which used to be a secret church when catholic masses were not
allowed in the protestant Netherlands. The church is freely accessible
and at this spot you may light a candle for loved ones or just for a
moment of contemplation.
2.30–3.15pm : Aty & Margo, two guitar players, and Lidwien & Marianne
on flute play classical and Christmas music.
3.30-4.30pm : Poetry by former ‘city poet’ Aaf Gerhard reading poems
with members of the ‘Gouwe’ Orchestra
4.45-6pm – Gouda Monks, members of choir ‘Gouda’s Liederentafel’, sing
religious music
8–10.15pm : Choir ‘Noorderkoor’, conductor Frans van der Vaart sings
Christmas carols with Robert Vuijk on piano.
3. Sint Joost Chapel - Lutherse Kerk (Lutheran Church) - Lage Gouwe
The medieval Sint Joost Chapel (Saint Josse), since 1682 the
Evangelist Lutherian Chapel was built in the 15th Century.
2.30–3.30pm Chamber music by flute player Magda de Jong and organ
player Gerben Mourik from our neighbour town Oudewater.
3.45–4.45pm : Chamber choir Coro d’Oro, directed by Alexandra
d’Espinoza, sings classical songs from their repertoire in Christmas
4.45–5.45pm : Marjan Luteyn plays the ‘Maarschalkerweerd‘ organ,
dating from 1899 and Marja Verweij will play the flute.
8–9pm : Acapella vocal group Acte de Présence, conducted by James
9.15–10pm : Amazing harp player Heleen Bartels
4. Agnietenkapel (Medieval chapel) - Nieuwe Markt 100
12pm-> Russian art exhibition
2.30–4pm Concert by barrel organ ‘de Lekkerkerker’ in front of the
3-3.30pm: Kalamos Klarinet Trio from Gouda plays Mozart, Schubert and
8.15–9.15pm: Switches, a tiny female vocal group sings a broad
repertoire of songs
9.15-10.15pm: Goudas Christian Vocal Ensemble Cantare, directed by Leo
17.00-19.00 uur: Warm soup with bread and live Christmas music in the
early Candlelight evening to warm you up in our church, (Pentacostal
church ‘De Morgenstond’, Lage Gouwe 204. We hope to see you!) On
behalf of the organising team: Noesjka van Drie, Bertina & Rik Bijman
([email protected] )

Poetry and Art route (Purple route)
1. Galerie Honingen, Lange Tiendeweg 40
11am-8pm : Art Gallery Honingen has been leading in contemporary
realism for over 20 years, to mark this milestone Honingen organised a
special exhibition containing works from all the artists they have
worked with.
2. Jeruzalem Chapel, School Principal’s house (Jeruzalemstraat 11),
Former Orphanage (Spieringstraat 1), Firma van Drie/Fa. Roodbol
(Achter de Kerk 13)
2-10pm The 24th of December is the 50th anniversary of the first space
flight with people on board, Apollo 8, to circle the moon and explore
the cosmos. The 7th edition of Light Art Gouda has the theme ‘the
visible cosmos’. Approx. 10 light art works on this theme, the moon,
the sun, planets, space ships or satellites
3. Museum Gouda, Achter de Kerk 14
Free admission to the museum on this special day. There are two
temporary exhibitions to attend, ‘From Gauguin to Toorop’ a collection
of paintings from the collection of the Groninger Museum. On the top
floor “Women of Museum Gouda’. Be aware that there is no elevator.
After 5 pm the permanent collection is not fully accessible, the
exhibitions are.
4-5pm: (Museum Chapel) Music Unlimited for the ultimate Christmas
spirit and joy! This vocal group sings the most famous Christmas hit
songs and the sweetest Christmas ballads in beautiful close harmony,
straight form the heart!
7.45–8.45pm (‘Grachtenzaal’) - Mannenkoorts, an acapella vocal double
quartet from The Hague. In charge is conductor and member of the
choir, René Jakobs.
7.45–8.45pm (Museum Chapel) Two Four Six o' One, six friends with a
musical background have formed this choir and passionately sing well
know and unknown songs from musicals.
4. Blomatelier, Molenwerf 22
12am–9.30pm : Welcome in the treasure room of Blomatelier in the
oldest alley of Gouda. Unexpected eye-catching Christmas creations and
floral design models.
5. Galerie de Hollandsche Maagd, Oosthaven 28
12am–9pm : Festive December exhibition with unique art and presents;
paintings, sculptures, objects of glass and jewellery made by a number
of artists.
5–7.30pm : Singer-songwriter Yvet Jody by Candlelight in ‘De
Hollandsche Maagd’ plays the guitar and sings about her life, love and
travels. There is homemade soup and warm beverages.
6. Theodorustichting, Westhaven 33
3-4pm: Shanty choir ‘de Vlister Zangers’ sings songs of the sea with a
little Christmas touch
4.30–6pm Casa della Poesia: Poetry performance with music by Katakat.
The poets are Frida Winklaar, Hanneke Leroux and Rob Haster.
8–8.30pm: Pax et Bonum, a choir of Monks from historical
archaeological theme park Archeon present medieval devotional songs,
pilgrimage and Gregorian chants
8.30–10PM: Casa della Poesia: Poetry performance with music by
Katakat. The poets are Pieter Stroop, Chris Bellekom and Aaf Gerhardt.
7. Galerie Montulet, Hoge Gouwe 115
12am–9pm : Galerie Montulet, Hoge Gouwe 115: Exhibition : “Gouda,
light on art’’ contemporary paintings, sculptures, photography and
Extra, not mentioned in the map:
3-11.30 pm: Galerie ArtAbintus, Raam 222 : for Charity, Lions Gouda
sells good mood, winter tea, fried donut balls and mulled wine.
9 pm: Lewi-Sara Siahaya sings live for charity.
Also check the Classical and Choir route, afternoon programme and the
Theatre route, museumhavencafé.

Theatre route (Green route)
1. Chocoladefabriek (Public Library, restaurant Kruim and City &
regional archives) - Klein Amerika 20 / Vromanpark
9am–10pm : Be welcome to enjoy warm refreshments, story tellers,
performances and artists in magical Christmas spirit. Kruim organises
its famous winter buffet.
4pm-> : An exciting programme with a mixture of surprising activities
and special guests, Musical choir Mirakel. Storytellers from
‘Verhalenpunt’ in co-operation with ‘Brede School Gouda’ (Primary
School umbrella organisation). You may also write and send an old
fashioned post card of a Candlelight evening of the past!
2. Willem Vroesentuin (Willem Vroesen garden) and Vroesen court yard
3–9.30pm : Feel welcome in the beautiful courtyard of the ‘Willem
Vroesenhuis’ (Between the former library and the Blomatelier), where
you may run into story tellers Cor Verkade and Peter Lems.
2–5pm : Opposite the entrance of the Willem Vroesenhuis you will find
the Vroesengarden where you may meet philosopher Desiderio Erasmus and
his mother Margaretha Goudana, sharing stories from their lives with
3. De Kleischuur - Vest 2
Organic restaurant in this remnant of Gouda’s former pottery industry.
Opened from 10am till 10pm. - During the evening
there will be a live performance
In the afternoon ‘De Kleischuur and Culture house Garenspinnerij
organise a festive afternoon at the Erasmusplein (square), See number
5 in the Youthroute for more information.
4. Museumhaven (Museum Port)
Take a look at the historic port, just at the edge of the town centre,
with the antique ships from 7-11 pm decorated with Christmas lights in
the harbour, illuminated in different ways. The ships were used in the
industry, dating from approx. 1900.
Ship “De Vriendschap van Selzaete”
(berth at the opposite of the entrance of the café ‘Museumcafé
8.30-9.30pm : Poetry in the Port with poets Ruud Broekhuizen and Rick
van der Made.
5. Tiny Theatre : Zwaan, Zwaansgat 15
4.30–5.30pm : Family programme (> 11 years old): Scrooge in ten
6. Museum Havencafé IJsselhuis (The Museum port café)
In this former waiting room for skippers in the park next to the lock,
you may enjoy the beautiful view across the port while having a meal
or snack. Enjoy mulled wine, skipper drinks and fire pits to warm you
up. Open from 11am.
5pm–till late : Hans Smit Songs4U with (semi-) acoustic, easy
listening music.

Pop route (Orange route)
1. Home bar ‘at Miranda & Ramon’s’
4:30–6pm : TINA (There Is No Alternative). Acoustic jazzy pop band
plays (Christmas)songs with which you will relax and start dreaming of
a white Christmas
8.30-10pm : Aodhan plays polyphonic Irish and Scottish folk music.
2. Music Art Centre Gouda Studio’s, Oosthaven 12
12am–11.59pm : Gouda Studio's Music Art Centre, Oosthaven 12 : An
enchanting exhibition of water paintings with cityscapes and
landscapes in America by the well-known Gouda artist Araun Gordijn.
Food & Drinks in the podium café to warm you with hot chocolate,
mulled wine, cakes, soup and meals (incl. a vegetarian dish), fresh
and homemade!
4.30–6pm : Marlou Vriens and band perform narrative soul.
8–12pm : Different Roads plays classical covers and modern pop &
3. Sociëteit Concordia, Westhaven 27
8.30–10.30pm : Déjà Vu, is a Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young cover band
but also plays Christmas songs.
4. De Visbanken (Former Fish market) - Hoge Gouwe
3–4pm : Moordtzangers, a Shanty Choir with its own enthusiastic style
invites you to a sing along.
4–5pm : ATP Theatre group
5–6pm : Brass players from ‘Cultuurhuis Garenspinnerij’ play out of
their skin.
8.15–10pm : Smashing open air performance by the juvenile orchestra of
the Gouda Saxophone school, directed by Arnoud de Graaff
5. LF De Lichtfabriek - Hoge Gouwe 189
The former energy distribution factory, now a trendy restaurant, is
opened all day, from breakfast till late in the evening. The Light
Factory will be enlightened in a very special way.
3.45–16.30pm : Singer-songwriter Dewi Schouten sings her own Dutch
compositions, combined with well known Christmas Carols she has
translated into Dutch. Jetse Miedema plays the piano and Jan-Hendrik
Hootsen percussion.
8.45–11pm : In co-operation with Sensation Kaas (Cheese), tonight for
the occasion rebaptised into SENSATION KAARS (Candle), the “Ultimate
Christmas Disco”. All Christmas classics will be played, and Santa
Claus is available for pictures.

Youth route (Blue route)
1. Tiendeweg
4–5.30pm : Saxophone ensemble “Saxy 4”, musicians of the Gouda based
music band Caecilia.
5.30–10pm : Barrel organ ‘Het Zonnetje’ at the ‘Bostel Bridge’ at the
corner with the Zeugstraat (small outdoor Christmas market provided by
the shops based in these streets).
2. Hofje van Jongkind, Zeugstraat 28
4.30–5.30pm: Pupils Cultuurhuis Garenspinnerij play Christmas music
6–7pm : Quintet with director Aart van Bochove plays music from movies
and more
8–10pm : Baroque ensemble 'Garenspinnerij' plays baroque music
3. Kleiweg
5.30–9pm : Barrel organ ‘De Pansfluiter’.
6–7pm Brass band of the Salvation Army plays on the square
4. Nieuwehaven
3.30–4.30pm : Choir of primary school Casimir sings christmas carols
at the corner of the Herpstraat and Nieuwehaven.
8.30–9.30pm : Musical and Youth theatre choir Mirakel perform songs
from musicals in (Christmas) spirit.
5. Cultuurhuis Garenspinnerij, Turfsingel 34
4-6pm : ‘Kleischuur’ and Cultural Organisation ‘Garenspinnerij’ will
bring a festive afternoon at ‘Erasmusplein’, the square on the
opposite of the canal, across the drawbridge to the left. Build your
own Christmas tree; sing along with happy Christmas songs. The
children may bake their own bread, there is hot chocolate milk, warm
mulled wine for grown ups, workshops, performances and more.
8-10 pm : Clarinet ensemble Chalumeau plays at Westhaven 34.

More information
Visitor Information
On the Website you may find all information about travelling with
public transport, where to park and an overview of restaurant in the
town centre of Gouda
Former cinema Arcade - Agnietenstraat 20: Pop-up Firemen’s hall and
Police station.
Main sponsors Gemeente Gouda, Rabobank. Sponsored by Gouda
Refractories BV, Expert, Stichting het Oude Mannenhuis, Nederlandse
Rode Kruis, Boer Makelaardij Midden Holland BV, Maarten van Grieken,
Cyclus, Cor Verkade, Arriva, Astrid den Haan (fotografie), Basis
Bedrijfshuisvesting Gouda, MBO Rijnland, Stubbe Logistiek, De Brede
School Gouda, Hoofdkwartier Gouda, Banketbakkerij Van Dijk and
Vingerfood! Catering.
The organisation of Gouda bij Kaarslicht is grateful for all support
and contributions in any way by everybody that contributed to Gouda
bij Kaarslicht 2018! Thank you very much!
Gouda city of…
Did you enjoy your stay in historical Gouda and ‘Gouda bij
Kaarslicht’? Then be welcome to stay with us for the weekend 15 and 16
December. Gouda will stay in Christmas spirit!
Gouda bij Kaarslicht is organised by ‘Stichting Gouda bij Kaarslicht’
and city council Gouda.
Stichting Gouda bij Kaarslicht  [email protected]
DIY walks, on the next page
The walks start at the Tourist Information Office in ‘De Waag’ on the
market square (open 10am–10pm). A limited number of printed walks will
be available. All walks may be found in the app: xplre Gouda or at the
websites, Walks
On the next pages a legenda and all walks are included.
DIY City walks
You may participate in guided tours at dedicated times starting at the
VVV (Tourist Information location 2). Walks 1-3 are easy walks that
may be done at your own convenience without a city guide. Below you
will find these walks enclosed, which all start in the town centre.
Walks 4 and 5 are longer walks.
Walk nr. 4 was developed in 2014, as a result of the festivities
commemorating the 100th anniversary of Gouda born poet and scientist
Leo Vroman. This walks start at a different location, nr. 28.
Walk nr. 5. is a new walk, an interesting route passing the Gouda
mills or spots where mills stood once.
Legend streets and locations
(Corresponding with location nrs on the maps in the routes)

Walk nr. 1: Gouda Kaarsenpad (Gouda Candles path)
Start from the reverse side of the Agnietenkapel (a medieval chapel,
once part of an old monastery, location nr. 3). Turn the first right,
Wilhelminastraat and walk a short distance into the street.
Turn right at the Cappenersteeg (a 17th Century alley). At the end of
the alley turn left into the Zeugstraat. Follow the street, but keep
the canal at your right hand side; walk straight on, cross the street
into the Jeruzalemstraat, and keep the bridge at your right.
A short distance away you’ll pass the Raoul Wallenbergplantsoen (a
small public garden, location 11) with the Jewish Memorial, gate of
the former Jewish cemetery. 10 metres further at the left you’ll find
the Jeruzalemkapel (a chapel with the same floor plan as the Church of
the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, location map nr.12). A number of
activities may be found inside the chapel.
Cross the street and walk into the garden of the Sint-Janskerk (St.
John’s church, Loc. nr. 5), which is known as the Willem Vroesentuin.
Here you might hear what the mother of the famous philosopher and
theologian Desiderius Erasmus can reveal about her famous son. Feel
free to express you prefer she’d speak English, for she, mum of a real
global citizen, will happily oblige!
Leave the garden again by the way you came in and turn left to the
Spieringstraat. Here you find on the other side of the street the
Weeshuis (former public library, location nr. 8) in the former city
orphanage. Enter through the gate and have a look around. There are
activities inside as well; free entrance!
Leave via the gate and cross the street to walk onto the Molenwerf
(location nr. 9). At the left a ‘flower fashionshow’ is taking place
with regular intervals; alternatively you may stick to the right
alongside the church garden Willem Vroesentuin (location nr. 10) and
walk into the direction of the Church entrance.
Enter the Sint-Janskerk (St. John’s church, location nr. 5) with the
world famous stained glass windows (De Goudse Glazen). In the
afternoon at 3 pm and at night at 8.15 pm the Proms Christmas
concerts, with choirs and orchestras, will start. Again, all access is
At the opposite of the Church entrance the Museum garden is situated,
which you may enter through the Lazaruspoortje (a gate which is one of
the two entrances of Museum Gouda, location nr. 7). In the afternoon
the museum houses a beautiful harp concert. At the right of the
Lazaruspoortje there’s the wooden facade of the former Stonemason’s
house Roodbol, with (Dutch) clock gable, currently in use as art
gallery (location nr. 6).
Leave the Museum garden the way you came in. Walk alongside the church
and keep the canal at your left, follow the curve to the right and
take the first alley (Kerksteeg) left; you will now enter the Market
Square (location nr. 1) with the famous town hall which is open for
Walk alongside the town hall in the direction of the Waag (location
nr. 2); When passing the building and crossing this square you will
arrive at the Agnietenkapel, the starting point of this tour. Enjoy!
Walk nr 2: De Verborgen Plekjes route (Hidden Treasure route)
Start at the Waag (location 2) on the Market Square cross the square
and keep the old town hall at the left. Walk straight forward into the
Wijdstraat, keep to the right, cross the street and bridge and turn
right. You are now on the Hoge Gouwe. On the bridge you may have an
interesting view over the old canal, the river Gouwe, which gave Gouda
its name.
Walk straight on and stay on the Hoge Gouwe, pass the Visbanken
(former fish market, location nr. 18). At the left you will pass a
monumental neogothic church, the Gouwe Kerk (highest building of
Gouda, location nr. 15).
When leaving the church, turn left twice to have a quick look in the
former Remonstrant chapel (Keizerstraat 2).
Go back to the Hoge Gouwe and walk straight on to nr. 107. Here the
Old-Catholic Church (location nr. 16) is hidden behind monumental
facades to masque the building’s function. This church was built in
times when Catholicism in the Netherlands was officially forbidden.
Throughout this day the church is open for visiting and you may light
a Gouda candle free of charge. During the day this spot is a special
place to find silence.
When leaving the church, turn right and walk back to the bridge; cross
the bridge and enter the Lange Groenendaal. At the corner is the old
Lutheran chapel (location nr. 19). Several times during the day organ
and choir concerts will be held there. Further on in the Lange
Groenendaal, at nr. 79, you will pass the city’s former public bathing
house. Recently the building was fully renovated and restored to its
original function.
Turn left into a small alley called Looierspoort (between Lange
Groenendaal nr. 60 and nr. 62). NB: not accessible with prams or wheel
Enter the next alley Arie Kerssensteegje at the right and turn left at
the Geertje den Bultsteeg, you’ll reach a canal named Turfmarkt.
Before turning right, you may want to take a look at this street; the
view of the Turfmarkt is locally quite legendary from the Trappenbrug
(a bridge with stone steps).
At Turfmarkt nr. 23 (location nr. 20) the former Synagogue is located,
nowadays the Church of the Liberated Evangelist Parish, which resides
in this building. On the other side of the canal, the Verzetsmuseum
(WWII Resistance Museum, location nr. 27) is open for visitors and
encloses a very nice patio garden with café.
When leaving the museum cross the canal over the bridge and enter the
Naaierstraat. At nr. 6 you pass a historical monument elected in the
Top 100 of Dutch heritage sites with a beautiful gothic facade, dating
from 1527.
Turn left and enter the Korte Groenendaal, when you walk on you will
be back at the Market Square (location 1). Enjoy!
Walk nr. 3 : Museum-Binnenhaven (Museum Port)
This walk of medium length, starts at the ‘Goudse Waag’ (Tourist
Information), cross the market square, keep the old town hall to the
left. Enter the ‘Wijdstraat’ and walk on keeping left into the
‘Dubbele Buurt’. Cross the Sint Jans’ brug (Bridge of St. John), and
have a look at the 13th century Dark Lock, the oldest lock in town.
Turn left on to de Westhaven. Take a look at the facades at either
side of the canal: the Museum Gouda (Catherina gasthuis, 17th Century
hospital) and it’s chapel. At the right the patrician’s house Het
Dubbeld Ancker, former tobaccoshop De Moriaan in Dutch
Renaissance-style, and sociëteit Concordia (Roman Catholic gentlemen’s
club). Turn right at the next bridge into the Noodgodsstraat, named
after a medieval chapel demolished in 1576.
A model of the chapel can be found in Museum Gouda, in the
maquette. At the end of the street turn left. You’re now in the
Peperstraat. At nr. 92-96 Van de Velde en Halewijn wine store is based
since 1818. De Armenkerk (Poor men’s church) at nr. 128 and nr. 130 is
De Waterhont, a 14th Century workshop. The Peperstraat, containing
many old warehouses, ends at the former Veerstalpoort (the farmer’s
ferry gate), of which only remnants remain. Turn right to see the
Museum harbor, where Gouda’s nautical heritage is kept. In the 16th
century ships on their way to liberate Leiden passed this lock, the
Mallegatsluis. Take a breather in the Museum harbour café before
continuing your walk down to the foot path in the direction of Croda
(former Gouda Candle Factory) and step down along side the canal.
Enjoy the impressive view at the museum harbour for a bit. This
industrial area has a long history, partly visible in the pictures
exhibited on the wall. Walk on to the Turfsingel, keep the canal to
the right.
The huge once textile factory ‘de Garenspinnerij’ is now a
cultural centre. Check the programme for today’s activities. And check
out the square where also much is going o today. Look across the water
to the left ‘De Kleischuur’ just started its new life. This remnant of
Gouda’s former pottery industry was recently transformed into an
organic restaurant. When crossing ‘De Guldenbrug’ take the right (de
Vest). In front of you ‘de Asschuur (once used for waste collection)
is now a dance club for young people. Pass the mill, de Rode Leeuw,
which is still operational, and turn left at nr 30, into ‘de
Drapiersteeg’. Walk to ‘de Raam’. At your right you may see Mosque
Nour. Keep the right hand side of the Raam until the crossing and turn
left at the Kuiperstaat.

At the left you’ll see the Barabaratoren (St. Barbara’s tower), a last
remainder of a 15th century monastery. Opposite the tower take a look
at the historical shop De oude Bezem- en Borstelfabriek van de fam.
Anders (Family Anders’ old Broom en Bristle Factory). Take a peak at
the back of the Gouwekerk a little further on through the
Saffraanpoort. At the right Gouda Syrup waffels are still produced and
at the left the fomer Gouda Pipe makers ‘Van der Want’ were situated.
Walk on to the Peperstraat and go left. Half way you may see the gate
to a ‘hofje’ (a courtyard with almshouses around it). Also take a look
at the neo-Rennaissance Curch of De Raadt at nr. 20.
At the end of the Peperstraat turn right, but before you do so, make
sure you have a good look at the Visbank (the market hall where till
the late 19 th Century fish was sold). At the end of this street (Hoge
Gouwe ) you turn left, pass the canal and walk on to the town square,
where the medieval gothic town hall and the Christmas tree will meet
Walk 4 : The Leo Vroman Walk (starts at Location nr. 28, De
(Duration of this walk aprox. 20- 30 minutes)
1 - Start & goal: The Chocolate factory (Vromanpark/Klein Amerika)
2 - Local train to Schoonhoven - Coming out of The Chocolate factory,
keep to the right and you’ll walk on to the Karnemelksloot. Keep the
canal to your left. On your left hand side you see the historic
drawbridge, which used to be a railway bridge for the local train to
Schoonhoven. The station was located on the place where nowadays the
prowess of a postmodern example of 1970’s architecture (the
Panaromaflat) is displayed. Please keep on the right hand side of the

[The train, mainly used for public transport, drove over the streets
on rails at a speed of 30 km/h. It caused many an accident in its time
by driving over coaches, cars and people who weren’t quick enough to
jump out of the trains way. On august 23rd of 1942 the train claimed
its last victim: the Germans took the iron rails the next day, and the
people of Gouda burned the sleepers the following winter.]
There was the big railroad but then again
there was also Schoonhovens local train
it ran all over Gouda daily
it just carried through
one might have lost a leg or two
by this iron monster so scaly
Imagine: death afloat
driving over the Karnemelksloot
“mijn eigen Gouda” – Leo Vroman *
Walk on past the canal, and take time to admire the Christmas
decoration along the canal. The people of the Karnemelksloot arrange
them each year themselves. Walk on to the Burgemeester Martenssingel,
Leo used to walk here on his way to town.
[In the old days the Karnemelksloot was a dyke, which was turned into
a canal in the early 14th century. In those days it was mainly used
for the transportation of fodder to the city by pig farmers and
cloysters holding pigs.]
3 - The School - Walk up the Burgemeester Martenssingel and keep to
the left. You’ll walk into a school playground.

[In 2002 the Gouda comprehensive school Leo Vroman was named after
Leo, whom was a student at this school when it was still a Higher
Civic School. Leo’s father was a physics teacher there and his mother
taught maths until her marriage. To make place for a business
incubator for young creative start-ups the school has recently vacated
the left side of the building.]
Twelve was too young, that was the rule,
to enter the Higher Civic School.
How my father and I passed beneath the dying elms
in less than five minutes into the realms
of the physics he taught; for example, about Joule.
“mijn eigen Gouda” – Leo Vroman
Walk back to the Dutoitstraat (in the direction of the Karnemelksloot
on your right) and take the first right. You’re now in the Krugerlaan.
Walk on to nr. 25.
4 - Krugerlaan nr. 25 - The birthplace of Leo Vroman. The family lived
here only a few years until their home at nr. 87, a new-build at the
time, was finished. Walk on to nr. 87.
5 - Krugerlaan nr. 87 - Though not his birthplace, it is considered
Leo’s paternal home. Here he said farewell to his parents on the 14th
of may 1940, before fleeing from the German Occupation. To commemorate
this fact a plaque was placed, containing a verse of Leo’s: “When I
was little and this country hadn’t yet…”. Leo, his wife and their
daughters have been visiting the Krugerlaan on several occasions.
Walk back to the Zoutmanstraat (opposite Krugerlaan nr. 81) end turn
left at the end of it. You’re now on the Burgemeester Martenssingel
again. Pass the water and turn to your left.

6 - Willem de Zwijgerschool (Burgemeester Martenssingel nr. 72) - This
used to be Leo’s primary school; nowadays it’s the freshmen extension
of the Gouda Comprehensive School Leo Vroman.
Turn right at the next crossing. You’re now on the IJssellaan. Walk on
and take a look at the first town-development outside the city centre.
Turn left into the Dijkstraat and walk through to the start of this

1/7 - The Chocolate factory - this building has had many functions
though it started life out as a chocolate factory form Steenland.
After Steenland left the building, it became town-hall. In 2014, after
a renovation, it started to house public library, local archive,
printing workshop and restaurant Kruim.

On top of the Chocolate factory is the sculpture of Leo Vroman made by
Jeroen Henneman. The sculpture was unveiled on the 100th birthday of
Leo (10th of april 2015), in the presence of his family.
* Translated by Steven de Jong voor Gouda bij Kaarslicht (incl. the
parts of the poem “My Own Gouda”)
Walk nr. 5 Windmill track – Gouda Centre
Gouda’s history by its windmills: this walk will take you through
Gouda to still existing windmills and places where important windmills
once stood. - Length: 3,6 km (2.5 miles). Start: Gouda Train station
Map Gouda Windmills Map of the walk

Start: Leave the rail station via Exit CENTRUM and follow the
signposts “CENTRUM” over Vredebest to Kleiwegplein. Cross the street
at the crossing and walk over the bridge (Kleiwegbrug).

At the end of the bridge (‘Kleiwegbrug’) once stood the northern city
gate (‘Kleiwegpoort’). The gate build in the 16th century, was
demolished in 1843. Nearly all windmills stood outside the city walls
until the war against the Spanish occupation (the Eighty Years’ War)
started and the decision was taken to take all buildings outside of
the city walls down. This meant that the mills were to be
reconstructed inside of the walls, to avoid the Spanish army (ab)using
It was in this time that a new mill was constructed near the
‘Kleiwegpoort’ named “de Cleyweg” / “de Noord”. This was a so-called
Post mill, ‘standerd mill’ in Dutch, the oldest type of
flourmill/windmill in Holland.
This mill was replaced (before 1832) by a ‘stellingmolen’, made of
stone and with a gallery to enable operating the mill. This type of
windmill is a flourmill as well. The North was not to last long and
was taken down in 1863. The round shape of the current building still
corresponds with the floor plan of the old mill.
Wind mill ‘The North (the second, replaced mill)’ right behind the
city gate ‘Kleiwegpoort’. Drawing A.D. 1840 by Gijsbertus Johannes

Enter the main shopping street ‘Kleiweg’ and take the second side
street on the right, left side of the canal (Blauwstraat) and walk on
until the street’s name changes into Turfmarkt.
The name of this street Turfmarkt, (Peat market), reminds us of the
flourishing medieval trade in peat in Gouda. Peat was extracted from
the mires just outside town and was used as fuel, both to heat the
houses and for the many beer breweries and potteries in town. Ships
were to come into town, and the height of the still existing
‘Trappenbrug’ (literally: Stairs Bridge) was made so that the low
boats could just sail under it. Around 1580 the city’s peat storage
moved to ‘de Raam’ and ‘Turfsingel’. Alongside the ‘Turfmarkt’ small
companies and new houses were built.
Walk up to the Stairs Bridge, take the left into ‘Geertje de
Bultsteeg’, and turn right at the end.
This area is supposed to once contain a ‘Mill alley’, ‘Molensteeg’.
Approx. round 1350 one of the two mills mentioned in Gouda’s eldest
history was to be found at this very spot. In 1353 Lord of Gouda, Jan
van Beaumont, sold the right of using wind to Gouda, which entitled
the town to build windmills and ‘catch’ the wind. No other
constructions were allowed nearby windmills, to facilitate a
continuous undisturbed ‘catching’ of wind all the time. In these days
this small alley in Gouda’s historic centre was a sort of Green, a
meadow in town.
Go to the left into the ‘Looierspoort’. Turn the right into the ‘Lange
Groenendaal’ at the end of this alley. Walk to the end of the street
to reach the canal ‘Lage Gouwe’. Gouwe is the river that gave Gouda
its name.
On the banks of river Gouwe several oil mills stood. These mills were
to process the hempseed used to produce yarn and rope. The seed was
also crushed into oil to use for lighting and for the production of
soap. The industrial high days were around 1620, when approx. 30 oil
mills could be found in town.
Cross the ‘Gouwe’ over the bridge (St. Joostbrug), go left and take
the first right into the ‘Aaltje Bakstraat’. Walk on, cross ‘de Raam’
into the ‘Vlamingstraat’ until the end. Take a few minutes near the
bridge and look around.

At the end of the street, ‘Vlamingstraat’ another post mill was
constructed around the end of the 16th century. It was named “de
Croot”. This flourmill was taken down somewhere between 1585-1744.
When the 19th century came to a close a so-called clay mill was built
here. This mill is thought to be used for the many potteries in this
area, of which ‘Plateelfabriek Zuid-Holland’ was famous all over the
Please also take a look in ‘De Kleischuur’ a former clay storage barn
for clay imported from England. The barn, a national monument, was
recently restored and now has an organic restaurant in it. On the map,
dated 1873, a small wooden mill with a square floor plan and round
construction can be seen. The windmill vanished on the official map
made by the cadastre in 1877.
There used to be many mills in this part of town, as this is the west
side of town; and “west equals wind” in Holland. The mills were built
higher than the city walls, to ensure an optimal catching of the wind.
This area, around the Turfsingel, is also where the rivers Hollandsche
IJssel and Gouwe cross. Raw materials were immediately processed in
the mills and used in the industry. For this reason Gouda’s oldest
industrial area was established here, from soap to yarn production,
potteries and the Gouda Candle Factory.

On the right (street called ‘Vest) another windmill, a stellingmolen,
a mill with a gallery stood named “de Korenbloem” (= the Cornflower),
build in 1751 and partly demolished in 1926.
This mill, with a round floor plan, was subsiding to the right and was
therefore nicknamed “de scheve molen“ the crooked mill. On the 15th of
April what was left of the mill was destroyed in a fire.

Turn left onto the ‘Vest’ and walk to flour mill the ‘Roode Leeuw’
(Red Lion). This mill is still operational.

A round ‘stellingmolen’ (mill with gallery) made of bricks. “De Roode
Leeuw” is the largest of the still existing mills in Gouda. A
predecessor flourmill was built in 1619. In 1727 that mill was
replaced by a round brick made mill that was destroyed by a fire in
1769, The mill was rebuild in 1771 and stayed operational until the
first two decades of the 20th century.
Miller Galama, owner of “De Korenbloem” tried to acquire this mill to
stop the competition. When he offered ‘De Roode Leeuw’ for sale to be
demolished the Gouda City council stopped his plans. The town acquired
the mill and started its exterior renovation. This was one of the
first mills ever in the Netherlands to be bought by a City council in
order to restore and retain the original building. Since 1985 the mill
is again fully operational as a flourmill processing different types
of grain and producing several types of flour.
This windmill is open to visitors, has a shop and can accommodate
groups up to 25 people for guided tours, but the latter only by pre
booking. E-mail: [email protected] or tel: +31182522041.
Visiting hours are on Thursday (9 am – 2 pm) and Saturdays (9 am – 4
Resume your walk in the direction of the historic harbour,
During this short walk you pass another spot where another flourmill
once proudly processed grain. It was called ‘ De Wip’ and was
demolished in 1750.
On the right a view to the historic harbour with the lock,
‘Mallegatsluis’ in the 17th century the most used lock in Holland. In
the former shippers waiting room the Museumcafé “het IJsselhuis” is
open for a short break. (Check for
opening hours)
Continue on the ‘Vest’ and turn right via ‘de Bogen’ to the

First side street at the left is the Peperstraat. On this spot a small
fulling Mill was built in 1620 to ‘full’ wool as part of the textile
industry. To produce a firmer texture manpower was used literally by
letting people walk over the fabric.
In 1414 a sluice gate was constructed between the canal in the
‘Peperstraat’ and the river Hollandsche IJssel, through the dyke. On
top of this gate a small fulling mill was placed.
The mill used the tide of the river, running on the flows of the water
due to the tide differences. That’s the difference with a traditional
water mill, which runs on a water wheel outdoors. In the fulling mill
the water wheel is placed indoors. The gate was larger than the water
wheel. This enabled a multi purpose usage of the mill, because there
was space for flushing water flows to clean the water in the many
canals in town. In approx. 1625 the fulling mill got company, a malt
mill was built to process malt to facilitate the many breweries in
Gouda in the 17th century. The small fulling mill was taken down in
Continue your walk on the ‘Veerstal’ up to the red coloured building,
‘Tolhuis’ (Toll house). Walk around it and keep the building to your
left and take the right, the east side of the canal, ‘Oosthaven.
Immediately go right again and walk up to ‘De Punt’

The large fulling mill
The city council decided to develop a second (bigger) fulling mill
following the success of the first version. A new water lock was
constructed between the ‘Spieringstraat’ and the river “Hollandsche
IJssel”. Despite now having two fulling mills at its disposal, the
textile industry started to decline. Around 1650 both mills were
mainly used for rope and yarn manufacturing instead of the textile
industry. Later on they were transformed to facilitate wood sawing and
oil production. The larger fulling mill was used for preparation of
lam skin to leather, which polluted the water in the canals and
produced an awful smell in town.
In 1869 the operations in both fulling mills were discontinued. The
water wheels were removed in 1870.
The building of the large fulling mill has been used as a warehouse
for another famous industry in Gouda: cheese manufacturing. The locks
are currently used to flush the water of all inner city canals in
Gouda’s centre, to the rivers outside town. Early 2000 pumps were
removed and the original gate system was restored to clean and flush
the water in the canals on a weekly basis. The old sluice gate below
the large Volmolen was renovated in 2007 and is open for visitors on
the National Monuments day.
Flour mill “’t Slot”
On top of the ‘Punt’ flour mill ’t Slot’ proudly watches over the
river. A permit was granted in 1581 by the city council to build a
standerd mill at the remains and fundaments of the recently demolished
castle of the Lords of Gouda (‘Heeren van Ter Gouw’). The current
windmill is the third mill at this spot. Constructed in 1831/32 at the
spot of an octahedral standerd mill that was destroyed by a fire. In
1962 this mill came into the city’s ownership. It was restored and is
ready for production but not operational. When the sails are rolling
the mill is open for visitors. For the entrance walk around the mill
from the left.
Go to the left and descend the stairs into the park
‘Houtmansplantsoen’. Don’t forget to turn around and have a last view
on this beautiful mill and houses next to it. Keep to the left and go
to the exit of the park across the small bridge into the
‘Spieringstraat’. Continue the walk up to the second part of the
street until you arrive at the ‘Willem Vroesenhuis’ only just at the
opposite of the small alley to the St. John’s church, take a left on
to the ‘Molenwerf’.
In this area Gouda was established when in the 12th century a
fortification was built on a motte (hill). At the east a large farm
with residential buildings, granaries and stables were constructed and
on the west side of the motte an early castle was erected. The Lords
of Gouda owned the grounds. The early castle’s family chapel was the
predecessor of the current Saint John’s church. Surrounding this early
settlement Gouda developed. The fortification on the hill was the safe
ground during floods and in wartime, later in the 12th century the
inhabitants started with the construction of dykes to protect the land
from the water from rivers Gouwe and Hollandse IJssel. The Lords of
Gouda reigned until 1296. They were probably affected and maybe
involved in the assassination of Count Floris V, which lead to the
downfall of their house. In 1304 the motte-and-bailey castle was
destroyed, probably due to war activities. Nevertheless over time new
houses were built at this spot. It is very likely a mill was
constructed as well but this mill was again demolished in 1368,
because it could no longer catch enough wind due to the many
surrounding houses and buildings. The name of the street however still
remains ‘Molenwerf’, Millyard.

The Moat, the water originally surrounding the fortification can still
be recognized when walking in the ‘Molenwerf’.
Walk on on de ‘Molenwerf’ to the canal ‘Oosthaven’ and turn right.
Walk on through ‘Dubbele Buurt’ and ‘Wijdstraat’ to the Market Square.
Pass the old town hall by the left, keep to the left and leave the
market via ‘Hoogstraat’ and ‘Kleiweg’ back to the train station. We
hope you enjoyed this walk through town.
Duizend jaar Gouda, Een stadsgeschiedenis, PHAM Abels, K. Goudriaan,
NDB Habermehl, JH Kompagnie, Historische Vereniging Gouda
Gouda (2001) Wim Denslage
Legend streets and locations
(Corresponding with location nrs on the maps in the routes)

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