The Amsterdam Cheese "Museum" opened in 2014 and brings you the history of the cheese that has played a major in the past of the Netherlands.
It's located in the former location of the Tulip "Museum", that just move a few houses further up the canal.
Visiting hours: Daily: 10AM - 6PM.
the fun part of the Cheese Factory Tour if you are on a Volendam Half Day tour is the Cheese Tasting part wherein you are ushered to their main store and where you can taste the various kinds of Dutch Cheese and with different textures and since the specialty of the area is Gouda and Edam Cheese, they have different kinds of both cheese of which some are flavored with other ingredients as well such as smoked ham or bacon or smoked fish and other kinds as well and you get a free taste of them all followed by free small glass of local fruit wine. afterwhich you can buy the cheese you like to your heart's content.
The Dutch is known for their fine cheese which are made not only from cows milk but also from goat and sheep milk as well as they all grow fast in Holland due to the abundance of green grass due to the massive irrigation canals and the fertile lands that were reclaimed from the see. Now if you don't have time to visit the Cheese Factory in Volendam for a cheese making demonstration and tasting, do not fret as the towns outside of Volendam have several artisanal shops which both make assorted dutch cheese and also the wooden clogs as well. The one we visited is the Irene Hoeve Vastgoed and is located in Katwoude, located about 5.5 kilometers away from the marina of Volendam where they have a cheese amking demonstration and even cheese tasting as well, their specialty in this region as various kinds of Dutch Gouda Cheese and also Edam Cheese as well.
Opens: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm everyday
Like what I've said, The Dutch is known for their fine cheese which are made not only from cows milk but also from goat and sheep milk as well as they all grow fast in Holland due to the abundance of green grass due to the massive irrigation canals and the fertile lands that were reclaimed from the see. Now if you have ample have time to do a half day tour of Volendam and it's environs, you will be seeing lots of cheese factories around the towns of Katwoude and Gramente just before Volendam of which you can visit one.for a free cheese making demonstration and tasting, do not fret as these towns outside of Volendam have several artisanal shops which both make assorted dutch cheese and also the wooden clogs as well. The one we visited is the Irene Hoeve Vastgoed and is located in Katwoude, located about 5.5 kilometers away from the marina of Volendam where they have a cheese amking demonstration and even cheese tasting as well, their specialty in this region as various kinds of Dutch Gouda Cheese and also Edam Cheese as well.
Opens: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm everyday
While in Holland, Amsterdam especially, don't forget try the special cheese from Holand.
Cheese is an important part of the Dutch diet. They produce Gouda (which is named after the Dutch city of Gouda, not because it is produced in or near the city, but because it has historically been traded there); Edam (named after the town of Edam in the province of North Holland); Leerdammer (which is produced in Schoonrewoerd in the municipality of Leerdam, the city which gave Leerdammer its name) and many other cheeses.
Remember to eat before you go - Dutch cheeses are delicious. The "grand old lady" makes the cheese and at the same time explains (in good English) all the phases. She also usually gives some pieces to people to taste.
She shows the place where the cheeses are stored waiting for aging enough.
Usually in these places you can also buy some souvenirs (Dutch cheese products of course!)
Every friday in summer there is the cheese auction at Almaar, from ?10 am until 1pm or just a little after.
Still in traditional costumes it makes an interesting spectacle whether for the tourist that come in droves - and also support the stalls and markets (cheese, clogs, dutch crepes and raw anchovies if you wish!) that set up around the auction site.
Rather pretty area with river and canals and interesting town hall and surrounding old buildings. Canal tours are available and advertised right there at the site for only 4.75 and 5 euro for one and a half hours.
There are half to 45 minutely trains from centraal station that take 45 minutes to Almaar for 11 euro day return ticket. then its a 10 minute walk to the cheese auctions. When i got off at the train station at alkmaar there was a woman with a temporary info stand with maps of the alkmaar centre - handy but didnt show the location of the cheese auction - take the main street into the centre, aim for the town hall or main canal right down the end of the main street and then turn left and you will, as i did, hopefully find it!
There are many nice and interesting cities and villages around Amsterdam.
If you are interested in the traditional cheese industry, you shouldn't miss Alkmaar, Gouda and Edam.
Another option for a scenic day-trip is to visit the charming villages in the "Golden Circle": Marken, Monnickendam and Volendam by the Markermeer (part of the IJsselmeer, formerly called Zuiderzee) or go to the Zuiderzee (open air) Museum in Enkhuizen to see all in one.
Heard of Edam and Edam Cheese before? Well, my buddies (yes, all of us) also paid a visit to a Edam Cheese factory in - where else? - Edam, just 5-minutes away from Volendam village by car.
We had a GREAT time tasting all the different types of cheese that Edam produces. My favorite cheese (oh, and I do ADORE eating cheese!) must surely be the Smoked Cheese. Whilst the rest of my friends haggled over the cheese prices with the sales staff, I stationed myself (quietly) by the counter filled with all these delicious cheese samples.... and before I knew it, I'd finished up all the cheese samples on the counter. :-))
See the Rembrandt Hoeve Clog Factory & Cheesefarm.
The Rembrandt Hoeve is a tradional farm where wooden shoes and cheese are made. Skilful hands cut the old-Dutch wooden shoes from a block of wood. You can try on a pair of shoes. You can buy a miniature pair as souvenir or buy a pair that fits you. Its cheaper here than elsewhere.
If you want to know how cheese is made, then you must visit the cheese factory. There are many cheese factory in Amsterdam.