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Edam
Edam

Edam

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Edam, Netherlands

The Basics

Travelers can discover medieval Edam and its cheese as part of a guided tour of northern Holland's countryside. Such tours often combine a stop at Edam with one at the traditional fishing community of Volendam. For a more personal experience, try a private guided tour that might include a walk through Edam's neighborhoods and time to explore the waterfront streets on the nearby island village of Marken.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Tours often include round-trip transportation, guide, entrance fees, and lunch. Check specific tours for details.

  • From mid March to mid November, tours may include a boat trip from Marken to Volendam. In winter, transportation is by bus.

  • A moderate amount of walking is involved on Edam tours; wear comfortable shoes.

  • The Edam cheese market runs weekly in summer when you find locals in traditional costumes, live folk music, and stalls stacked with cheese.

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How to Get There

Coastal Edam is about 11 miles (18 kilometers) north of Amsterdam and accessible by private tour vehicle or public bus, a trip of less than 30 minutes. Bus line No. 314 leaves from Amsterdam Central Station several times an hour towards Edam.

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When to Get There

April through August is the main tourist season in Amsterdam—arrive just before or after for mild weather without the crowds. In Edam itself, stop by on a Wednesday in July and August to find a cheese market that recreates an old-timey tradition when Edam was a bustling port town for cheese traders.

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Beyond Cheeses

While cheese is Edam's main draw, there are other attractions to enjoy. Edam Museum, housed in an early 16th-century townhouse, offers historic snippets of the town’s whaling past, while the ancient lopsided Carillon Tower (Speeltoren) is known for its picturesque gothic façade. Take time to stroll past Edam’s idyllic drawbridges, canal houses, teahouses, and Grote Kerk, a cathedral that dates back to the 15th century.

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