Edam

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Top attractions in Edam

The 7 Best Things to Do 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.

  • Fort Edam

    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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.

  • 4. 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)

    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. 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.

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Planning Your 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

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,951 reviews

Great tour, it was nice to see countryside of the Netherlands, and learn a little about the history. Beautiful sites. Smooth tour. Tour Guide Xavi was very knowledgeable with a great sense of humor. Highly recommend this tour.

The guide who accompanied us, Costa, was very pleasant and gave us very useful information and made sure that the rain would not be so annoying. Congratulations !

It was great! Our guide was awesome and it was a jam packed day. We thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend others to do it too!

We felt it was worth the price. Trip was well organized and tour guide is excellent. Overall good service

Had a wonderful trip. Laura Garcia was our guide and she was awesome. Highly recommend.