Things to do in Katwoude

Our most recommended things to do in Katwoude

From Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Edam, & Marken Full-Day Trip

1. From Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans, Edam, & Marken Full-Day Trip

Immerse yourself in the culture of the Netherlands on a tour through the jewels of the Dutch countryside. Visit a cheese producer, a clog factory, a fishing village, and see the iconic windmills. Start your tour at Amsterdam’s Central Station and head in the company of your guide to the first destination of the day, Zaanse Schans. Admire the typical Dutch windmills of the town, and learn about how they are still used today. Next, drive to the Waterland area to arrive at the second stop of the tour, Edam. Walk around some of the town’s most historical sites, including the town square where the famous cheese market used to take place. Then, head to Volendam to visit a local cheese producer, learn about the production of Edam and Gouda cheeses, and try a cheese tasting. Head towards a clog factory next to discover the secrets of this typical Dutch shoe. Finally, travel back in time to the 17th century as you wander through the fishermen’s houses in the Marken, and explore this quintessential fishing village.

Picture in Volendam Costume with Cheese and Clog Tour

2. Picture in Volendam Costume with Cheese and Clog Tour

Time to try on something that wouldn't normally be in your wardrobe: traditional Volendam wear, including warm baggy trousers for the men and a high, pointed bonnet for the ladies. And of course, no outfit would be complete without Holland's most famous footwear - clogs! Say 'cheeeessseee' and your professional photographer will snap a photo of you and your friends, a souvenir which you can show to everyone at home. After the photo shoot, you can enjoy a guided tour in which you learn how to make a typical Dutch Gouda or Edam cheese. In the clog factory, you will get the chance to see a piece of wood turn into footwear and learn about the different varieties of clogs. In the shop you can have a look at all kinds of souvenirs and taste Dutch biscuits such as stroopwafel, a delicious local fruit wine and of course all kinds of cheeses. Try a rock hard, two-year old cheese or a cheese with cumin seeds, a famous delicacy in Holland. When you are finished perusing the souvenir section your photos will be waiting for you at the checkout. 

Volendam: E-Scooter Tour with Lunch and Tastings

3. Volendam: E-Scooter Tour with Lunch and Tastings

Start your tour in the famous old-harbor of Volendam, soak up the fishing village atmosphere and pick up souvenirs. See the famous maze Doolhof with small streets and cute houses, dress up in the Volendam costume and get photographed.  Move on to Katwoude, known for its cheese farms. Visit the traditional cheese farm and taste the different types of cheese. Head to Monnickendam, known for its smokehouses, 3 churches, and shipyards. See the beautiful houses made of light bronze bricks, the old harbor, and charming terraces. Explore the city center and head to the harbor to check out the boats. Stop at a canalside cafe for a drink and a snack. Visit a nice restaurant in Monnickendam and enjoy a lunch. Continue to the former island Marken, formerly an isolated island. See its characteristic houses, pleasant ambiance and the beautiful view over the Gouwzee and the Markermeer. Stop at the viskraam (fish stall) and try some haring (raw herring served with chopped onions) or kibbeling (fried fish nuggets). From Marken, take the boat back to Volendam. Cruise along the former Zuiderzee coastline and learn all about this area's fascinating history and culture.

Volendam: 2.5-Hour Cheesemaking Workshop & Clog Making Tour

4. Volendam: 2.5-Hour Cheesemaking Workshop & Clog Making Tour

Starting out with milk from the local cows, learn about the steps involved in making cheese. Mixing, heating, pressing and eventually eating, of course! Make your own little farmer's cheese. This is a very young cheese which can be vacuumed and eaten directly or ripened at home using liquid plastic as a cover around the cheese. While the homemade cheeses are being pressed, enjoy a guided tour through the wooden shoe factory for a chance to learn how to turn a piece of wood into footwear. The varieties of clogs are shown, from historical to modern day clogs. In the shop, marvel at all kinds of souvenirs and taste Dutch biscuits such as stroopwafel, a delicious local fruit wine, and of course all kinds of cheeses. During the workshop coffee and tea are complimentary.

Volendam: 2-Hour Clogmaking Workshop and Cheese Tour

5. Volendam: 2-Hour Clogmaking Workshop and Cheese Tour

Starting out with a block of wood from the Dutch poplar tree, and learn the steps involved in making clogs. Shape the outside of the shoe the old fashioned way, with a big knife, and carve out the inside of the shoe with a sharp spoon. During the workshop, make a wooden shoe per person or per duo. Receive a semi-finished wooden shoe which can be decorated with the help of engraving tools and colorful paint. Next, enjoy a guided tour through the cheese factory and learn how to transform milk into a delicious Dutch Gouda cheese. Discover various types of cheeses and slicers used traditionally. In the shop, marvel at all kinds of souvenirs and taste Dutch biscuits such as stroopwafel, a delicious local fruit wine, and of course all kinds of cheeses. During the workshop coffee and tea are complimentary.

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What people are saying about Katwoude

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 1,000 reviews

Really fun tour. Even my fiancé enjoyed it and is not usually the tour taker. Our guide was really nice and provided lots of information on the Netherlands. Definitely recommend to take and get out of the city. Lunch time was very short. Previous reviews mentioned this also which is a shame because that town would have been nice to explore with more time. Everything was on time. We had a bus issue but they got a new bus during lunch and we had no delays. I still have to give it 5/5.

Karl was a very engaging guide who kept us entertained and informed throughout the whole tour with his interesting facts and stories about the places we toured! Good tour to cover all these places in a short amount of time without overtiring yourself, though not really one for those who prefer slow walks and excessive photo-taking Tour bus was very clean and comfortable. We enjoyed the experience and would highly recommend it!

We had an amazing experience at the tour today. Karl was extremely funny, witty and friendly and he made our trip all the more exciting.

The trip was amazing. Our guide Rob was helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. The places we got to see were great.

Great day trip for anyone who wants a comprehensive overview of the countryside cities of Amsterdam!