Top attractions in Edam
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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-
Barge operators offer comfortable accommodations that traverse the country's
waterways, stopping at towns along the way. Barges can cater between 8 and 20
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?
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.
You can find accommodations in the very heart of Edam, or, alternatively, Volendam is 1.5 miles away.
- Dutch and lots of English
- Euro (€)
- Time Zone
- UTC (+01:00)
- Country Code
- 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
The sights were well worth visiting to have a typical Dutch experience however the Hop-on-hop-off tours need more organisation. The checking-in is confusing because one has to exchange the on-line ticket for a bus ticket and there is no signage explaining this or which queue to use as there are various tours available. The bus driver on the first leg of the tour was not good at all. He played music instead of the promised information talk and didn’t inform us that it was the first stop, also he didn’t stop long enough for people to get off the bus. As a result a number of people were very upset because they had wanted to see the sights at the first stop. However the second bus driver we had was great- friendly, informative and very helpful.
It was a really nice tour, every place with its own charme and little places. You could easily spend a whole day at Zaanse Schans and enjoy the many things there, but also Volendam and the Cheese Factory are worth a visit and are great fun. I'd definitely recommend this tour, everything worked perfectly without any troubles or delays. We were very satisfied and head a great time in northern Amsterdam.
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
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.
We had a wonderful guide who was very informative. He was also very congenial. The sites that were chosen for touring were wonderful with long enough stops for shopping and taking pictures. Also loved the cheese factory and especially the tasting.