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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

  • 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

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
  • 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 1,941 reviews

Just the best day from start to finish, a nice change after the busyness of Amsterdam. Richard (our guide) and Jan (our driver) were both the nicest people you could wish to meet and experience this day with. Starting with visiting the Small church and Big church in the prettiest village learning the history as walked by landmarks and old traditions. Next stop: learn how cheese is traditionally made & taste lots of samples! Move on to Volendam fishing village for spectacular views and a bite to eat before the last stop of the day to see traditional clogs being made and of course see the windmills in their finery.

We had a wonderful time with Evelyn (our guide) and Jan (our driver). Because of the very low amount of tourists nowadays due to COVID, we ended up having a private tour. The tour is very convenient because the driving times are very short (everything is close by) and we get to spend a significant amount of time exploring each place we stopped.

I believe, as Steve told us, there are good and excellent tours. And, if you want to have a fantastic experience, you need to go with Private Day Tours 100%. Enough information to not drive yourself tedious or overwhelming, and with a special touch with humour and a great companion. What a legend!

Veramente un bel tour. Ben organizzato e con i tempi giusti. Purtroppo il tempo non è stato dalla nostra parte ma la guida e il driver era super simpatici e molto utili nelle spiegazioni. Consiglio vivamente e Didier era super esperto nella conoscenza della storia Olandese!

Great trip, our guide - Xavi was brilliant, helpful and always with smile. Really reccomend this trip if you want to find out some stuff about area and key points. Great value for the money. Very good and modern bus. Thank you