Check Out the New Tourist Guide
The new Tourist Guide gives an impression of the city of Gouda. All the great attractions, important places and necesarry information is mentioned. Click at the link to view the Guide: Welcome_to_Gouda_2017
Discover the Hidden Treasures of Gouda
Explore Gouda by foot. All important places in Gouda’s compact town centre are within walking distance. Wander through narrow, picturesque streets, discover interesting museums or stroll on over Europe’s most beautiful market square. Walk around Sint-Janskerk and you will feel like you are back in the Middle Ages. For more information click here.
The Gouda City Guides Guild Welcome You
Discover Gouda and be pleasantly surprised. The members of the Gouda Guild of Guides are ready to show you, in large or small groups, around the most attractive places in Gouda. The famous Town Hall situated in the Market Place, the splendid St Johns Church and the fine Gouda Museum housed in the Catharina Gasthuis, a former hospital, are a few of the sights that Gouda has to offer. Read more here.
The Sint-Janskerk in Gouda is with 123 m the longest church in the Netherlands. met haar 123 m de langste kerk van Nederland.The church is famous for its stained glasses, a large collection of windows, including several from the 16th century. Visit the website of the Sint-Janskerk here.
Gouda and the Reformation
The Reformation in Gouda is characterized by a unique development, according to standards in the Netherlands. That is, under the influence of Erasmus, who lived in Gouda for a long time, the city government followed a liberal course for a period of time. The city was then principally opposed to coercion of conscience. Therefore they offered shelter to freethinkers such as Coornhert and Herman Herbers and didn’t allow the Calvinists to use the Heidelberg Catechism. While the Heidelberg Catechism was a mandatory standard for the Dutch Reformed Churches, the city of Gouda had a Catechism of its own. This liberalism came to an abrupt end when Prince Maurits in 1618 replaced the city government with his sympathizers. Afterwards, the town gradually came under the sway of orthodox reformed.