During a travel with a car from Utrecht to The Hague it's worthwhile a excursion into the old city Gouda. In the summer months each Thursday at the market place a traditionally cheese trade takes place. Gouda received in the 13th Century municipal rights and was already in the early middle ages an active center of the trade. In past centuries the cloth, tabak pipes and ceramic production played large role. Worth seeing also the old city hall and the St. Janskerk with beautiful glaspaintings in Gouda.