A Gouda pipe is a clay tobacco pipe smoked by many men in the 18th century. In 1606, English mercenaries arrived in the Netherlands as reinforcements for Gouda. They taught the people of Gouda how to make the pipes. Later, in 1660, the Guild of Gouda Pipe Makers was founded. With the arrival of wooden pipes, the cigar and the popularity of cigarettes, the trade seemed to be dying out - but the opposite was true.

The Gouda pipes can be admired in the Schatkamer of Museum Gouda. Are you looking for a genuine Gouda clay pipe? Then take a look in the oldest tobacco shop in the Netherlands:

Van Vreumingen (since 1836)

Address:          Wijdstraat 20

Contact:          +31 (0)182 - 513 217