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.
Review by Nataline G, May 2013
Doing what: Alkmaar Cheese Market and Dutch Windmills Half-Day Trip from Amsterdam
Was very satisfied with the service and info received. Pity the cheese market is so busy and it s hard to see what s going on. But I would recommend this tour. I enjoyed immensely the Dutch windmills very well explained.
Review by Jesus C, October 2012
I must comend the guide, Vicky, which did and amazing job explaining both in English and Spanish the whole itinerary. It was a beautiful sunny day to be out and aroud the countryside in the Netherlands. Highly recommended.
Review by indira, October 2012
The trip was just great, north holland, dykes, windmill was just amazing. The guide Elsa was knowledgable, very sincere about her job and great to hang around with. It was very easy to contact the local travel agency, they were courteous and very helpful. My sister and I had the time of our life