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Cheese, canals, and cobblestone lanes, the quaint town of Edam offers visitors
plenty of attractions amid a postcard-perfect setting. You won't want to miss the
the entertainment at the Cheese Market on Wednesdays from 10:30AM - 12:30PM
in July and August.

Fort Edam
Photo: Defence Line Amsterdam @Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Fort Edam

Surrounded by a moat, the fortress was once part of the ring of fortifications around Amsterdam. 255 soldiers once manned the fort, armed with nine machine guns and five cannons.

Cheese Market

Cheese Market

From the 16th century to 1922, local farmers arrived at the Kaasmarkt to sell their
prized cheese. At one point, the market sold 250,000 rounds of it per year.

Cheese Tasting

Cheese Tasting

Pop into the Kaaswaag, or cheese weigh-house, to sample the delectable dairy
product. You'll find aged Edam has a slightly salty taste, while the younger
ones have a hint of nut.

Edams Museum

Located on the Damplein (Dam Square), the museum has exhibits in the City Hall
and in the former merchant house, which is the city's oldest brick house and has a
floating cellar.

Grote Kerk (St. Nicolaaskerk)

Grote Kerk (St. Nicolaaskerk)

Named after the patron saint of sailors, St. Nicholas, this is one of the largest in the
country, with stained-glass windows reflecting coats of arms and historical
scenes.

Windmill Country

Windmill Country

The best way to explore the countryside crisscrossed by canals is to go by
bicycle. Edam is one hour from the town of Zaanse Schans and its eight well-
preserved windmills.

Holland by Barge

Holland by Barge

Barge operators offer comfortable accommodations that traverse the country's
waterways, stopping at towns along the way. Barges can cater between 8 and 20
passengers.

Planning Your Edam Visit

How many days to spend in Edam?

You can see Edam's attractions in one day, but if you need to escape the hustle
and bustle of Amsterdam, why not stay a few days, exploring the surrounding
countryside and enjoying small-town Noord-Holland?

Getting around

It's easy to get around the heart of the city and see its top attractions on your
own two feet. Alternatively, you can rent a bike.
If you plan to visit Edam for the day from Amsterdam, bus 110 and 316 leave
every 35 minutes and stop in nearby Volendam.

Where to stay in Edam

You can find accommodations in the very heart of Edam, or, alternatively, Volendam is 1.5 miles away.

Good to know

  • Language
    Dutch and lots of English
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +31
  • Best time to visit
    The temperature doesn't get too hot in Edam, which means you can plan your visit for July or August, when the weather is warm and pleasant, the days are longer, and the local cheese farmers bring their wheels to trade in the traditional fashion.

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What people are saying about Edam

It was super! But not enough time for Volendam.

We really liked the tour! Comfortable bus, funny and informative guide. The only thing we didn't like was lack of free time in Volendam. 30 minutes are terribly not enough for this charming place! Especially if you want not just to explore the village but also grab some food. And give a try for russian language. There are quite a lot of us visiting your country.

Amazing Trip, managed very well, left on time, perfect Bus.

I recommend to every one , don't miss it, the Guide was very kind and lovely with my kids,they love her untill my daughter left us and walk always with her, the bus is very clean high quality free wifi in bus very comfortable chairs. This trip every one must get it. My advice to make Volendam & windmills trip one day, and Tulip trip another day. Thank you

One of the best tours and guides we have ever had!

Our knowledgeable and personable guide Steve was very attuned to making the day what we wanted. His extensive knowledge of the area and its history, and his excellent command of English, made listening to his comments and his sharing of the culture of his country fascinating. HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS TOUR AND THIS GUIDE.

Excellent value for money. Amazing experience!

The tour was very well organised. We had enough time in each location to have some rest and buy some souvenirs. The tour guide (Desiree) was very interactive and provided some interesting overview of each place we visited. I can recommend this trip to anyone who is interested to see a little bit of Dutch countryside.

Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam & Marken Spanish Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 27/08/2019

A stunning land tour of the Amsterdam countryside!

My wife and I enjoyed all the stops on this activity, and our guide was very good at providing informative insights into the areas we visited. There was a good amount of time at the various stops, although we always like to have a lot of time to explore on our own.