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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.

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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

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

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)

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

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

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

Amazing tour that will give you insights of Netherlands

Truly a good journey with the tour. The guides and bus driver were very friendly and helpful. The information shared was very indepth. An amazing experience that is highly recommended for everyone

Volendam, Edam, and Windmills Tour from Amsterdam Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 10/24/2016

Great guide, beautiful scenery, learned a lot!

Karel is a wonderful guide, full of information about the land, history, sights, politics - anything we could think of to ask questions about. We have a much better sense of the Netherlands after this trip, and are so glad we went beyond Amsterdam in our sightseeing. Karel was flexible and adapted the tour to our interests. His enthusiasm for what we were seeing was infectious. He also went above and beyond, delivering a left-behind cellphone to the airport in time for our flight home.

Excellent guide and a wonderful day in Amsterdam

Gerk was a very friendly, knowledgeable and informative guide who catered his tour to suit us thus avoiding all the usual busy bus tours. At times there were very few people about so we were able to meander wherever we wanted to without large crowds. A wonderful day with many memories to remind us of our time in Amsterdam.

Great. There were 2 of us on tour and had a great relaxed experience.

Guide was helpful and informed. Asked us what we wanted to do. We got to ride through small rural roads instead of the big highways. We saw a working sawmill at the windmill site. Overall, it was a great experience.

Dutch Countryside Sightseeing Tour from Amsterdam Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 06/11/2016

Overall very good, but windmills disappointing.

Very good, however was disappointed that we weren't able to go in the windmills because we arrived there too late. As this was one of the highlights of the tour, the timing of this itinerary needs to be looked at.


Edam
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