With its distinctive wheel-like shape and fire-engine red rind, Edam is one of Amsterdam’s most famous exports, although the cheese looks a little different in its home town - here, the cheese has an uncharacteristic yellow rind. Edam isn’t just a cheese, though; it’s also the name of the town where it’s made, a waterside residence settled back in the 12th century. 18km north of Amsterdam, the town lies on the banks of the IJsselmeer (IJssel lake) and is reachable by boat, as well as being a popular destination for cheese-loving tour groups.

In the heart of town is the famous cheese market and cheese-weighing hall, an ancient tradition that was reopened in 1989 thanks to tourist demand. The market runs weekly through the summer months, with locals getting into the spirit with traditional costumes, live folk music and, of course, stalls stacked high with cheese. For the full experience, pay a visit to the region’s cheese and dairy farms where you can marvel at the cheese warehouses and enjoy cheese-making displays.

There are plenty of attractions in town aside from cheese, too – the Edam Museum, housed in an early 16th-century townhouse, offers historic snippets of the town’s whaling past and the teetering Carillon Tower (Speeltoren) with its picturesque gothic façade is worth a visit. Alternatively, take a stroll around Edam’s idyllic drawbridges, canal houses and pretty teahouses.

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Dutch Windmills and Countryside Day Trip from Amsterdam Including Cheese Tasting in Edam

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 139 Reviews

Historic windmills, charming fishing villages, picturesque canals, a delectable lunch and cheese tastings – this day trip from Amsterdam shows you the best of ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $112.66

Dutch Countryside and Culture Tour from Amsterdam Including Zaanse Schans, Edam and Volendam

4.5 star rating: Recommended 42 Reviews

Get to grips with Dutch culture on a half-day morning tour to the countryside from Amsterdam. In the company of a guide, visit the quaint villages of Zaanse ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $51.15

Alkmaar Cheese Market and Dutch Windmills Half-Day Trip from Amsterdam

4 star rating: Recommended 86 Reviews

Discover two of Holland's most famous icons - windmills and cheese - on this 4.5-hour morning tour from Amsterdam. You'll gain insights into the traditions of ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $55.76

Private Tour: Dutch Countryside from Amsterdam Including Marken, Volendam and Edam

Venture into the Netherlands' beautiful countryside on this private day trip from Amsterdam to three authentic Dutch towns: Marken, Volendam and Edam. Stroll ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $226.45

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