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Edam

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Free admission
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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Recent reviews from experiences in Amsterdam

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Seeing the windmills
Anselmo_M, Jul 2020
Volendam, Edam and Windmills Guided Day Tour
Everything was perfect. We had a private tour due to COVID. Out driver and guide were the best!!!!!!
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Wonderful!
Anne_D, Mar 2020
Volendam, Edam and Windmills Guided Day Tour
Wonderful experience! I learned a ton & I explored some truly beautiful areas. If you have a few days in Amsterdam, I would definitely recommend this. The guides were exceptional as well!
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An interesting day
jobmob123, Nov 2019
Volendam, Edam and Windmills Guided Day Tour
Eva our tour guide was very knowledgeable and passionate about explaining the sites to the group. The cheese making factory was fun as well as visiting the traditional neighborhood of Edam and seeing up close the windmills. I recommend this tour
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Great trip
Kathy, Mar 2020
Volendam, Edam and Windmills Guided Day Tour
This is an excellent trip to see outside Amsterdam and the pretty villages. Juliet our guide was knowledgable and friendly.
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Wonderful tour
Regina_S, Mar 2020
Volendam, Edam and Windmills Guided Day Tour
It was a great tour (despite the rain and wind). Beautiful sights and our guide Derek was wonderful. Would highly recommend
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Charming Dutch Countryside Tour is a photographer's paradise
jenafetalino, Aug 2019
Volendam, Edam and Windmills Guided Day Tour
This was a well-organized tour with an English speaking tour guide, giving you a glimpse of what is life in this part of Netherlands. Plenty of opportunities for picture taking with Edam having the most "instagrammable" places. Definitely a tour that should not be missed!
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Worth it!
syedf786, Dec 2019
Volendam, Edam and Windmills Guided Day Tour
A very good and professsional guide. Lots of cheese tasting samples. Wooden shoes workshop was a nice touch.
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Dutch Countryside around Amsterdam
karenaP3948HG, Aug 2019
Volendam, Edam and Windmills Guided Day Tour
Enjoyed this tour. Gave excellent information on the reclaiming of land from the sea, loved the Edam Cheese factory & fishing village. Wish we could have eaten at the fishing village - it was getting past lunch time by the time we got the the windmill part of the tour, however the restaurant at the windmill's was very good
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SUCH A SPLENDID TOUR
sc0ttb0ardman, Nov 2019
Volendam, Edam and Windmills Guided Day Tour
Our tour guide was amazing and detailed in his knowledge!!! I always recommend this tour to everyone who visits!
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Vacation from USA
heplerdj, Oct 2019
Volendam, Edam and Windmills Guided Day Tour
excellent and interesting tour, well run and organized. Good value for the money spent. Would recommend to all, nice to get away from the city for a bit.
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A Nice Tour of the Countryside
villaverdemc, Oct 2019
Volendam, Edam and Windmills Guided Day Tour
You learn a lot from this countryside tour, particularly the demonstration of the Dutch cheesemaking and clogmaking processes. Viewing the windmills is also a really interesting experience for all of us.
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Great trip
sallyuk12, Sep 2019
Volendam, Edam and Windmills Guided Day Tour
Very good trip but could have done with a little more time in Volendam to shop as lots of interesting shops but no time to visit them

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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