Edam Travel Guide

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Edam Things to Do

  • The Speeltoren

    The 15th century Speeltoren is the reason for the beautiful carillon sounds you can hear in Edam every few minutes. It's all that remains of the Kleine Kerk (Small Church) which was demolished in the late 19th century. The Speeltoren has a bell set of 19 bells, a few of these dating back to the 16th century. After many years out of use, the...

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  • Drawbridges

    Edam is the town of drawbridges - they are literally everywhere! A particularly picturesque one is the Kwakelbrug bridge which connects Lingerzijde and Doelland, but there are plenty of others which will make your stay in Edam worthwhile. Apparently these bridges are still in use despite the fact that some are chained to the ground so as no one can...

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  • The Voorhaven Canal and other Canals

    If you were in Edam for only 30 minutes, this is where you should go. A stroll along the centrally located Voorhaven Canal gives you an impression of both picturesque houses and a lovely canal shaded by lots of trees. The logical starting point for your stroll would be the Damplein, the town's main square with a humpbacked bridge that looks rather...

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  • Have a sit-down

    All our walking about worked up a mighty thirst. Where to go? The terrace attached to Hotel De Fortuna is about as good as it gets. This sunny spot is right beside a pretty canal and surrounded by flowers. It's also less than spittin' distance from Constabelbrug: a small drawbridge that must be hand-operated to allow canal traffic through to inland...

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  • Zuidpoldermolen

    Think "Holland" and windmills come to mind. Edam has a very fine specimen that dates between 1626-35 that was used to grind grain and drain a polder: low land that has been reclaimed from the sea and diked. The low, octagonal design categorizes it as a smock style, and the name translates to "south polder mill." The wind-driven mechanics have been...

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  • Kaasmarkt (Cheese Market)

    That cheese that made Edam famous is no longer made in town but you can see where it was once brought to market from farms around the area. Merchants sampled plugs of the product drilled from new batches, haggled over the price, and their purchase was weighed and carried away to their boats or wagons on curved hand-barrows. On summer Wednesdays...

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  • Jewish Cemetery

    Edam was home to a small Jewish community in the 18th and 19th centuries but a decline in their numbers during the late 1800's closed the school and synagogue and the group merged with another in Monnickendam - which in turn merged with Amsterdam after WWII. There is a small Jewish cemetery dating to 1793 with a memorial to Edam's citizens who lost...

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  • St. Nicolaaskerk (Grote Kerk): Exterior

    Little Edam has the distinction of having one of the largest churches in all the Netherlands. Like so many others in a country whose history is linked to the sea, it is named for the patron saint of sailors: St Nicholas. And like so many others of the oldest churches, it was originally Catholic. It seems odd to have such an enormous church in such...

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  • St. Nicolaaskerk (Grote Kerk): Interior

    (See previous review of the exterior) I found the feel of St. Nicholas' interior to be very similar to Oude Kerk in Amsterdam: large, empty space; ornate organ, wooden ceiling and choir screen; huge brass chandeliers. In pre-Alteration days when it was a Catholic church, those big empty spaces were probably ornamented with statuary, murals, altars...

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  • St. Nicolaaskerk (Grote Kerk): tombs

    (See previous review of church's interior)Under your feet in St Nicholas are the remains of several hundred years worth of Edam's citizens: thousands of grey stones, some elaborately craved and others blank, pave the floor from entrance to apse. Before the French occupation, it was fashionable for a person of means to be entombed in their parish...

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  • A song in the air

    The church that this tower (Speeltoren) was once attached to is long gone but the bells still tinkle out a song every 15 minutes. The structure dates from the 15th/16th century, and its bells from 1566. They are operated electronically except for special events when a carillonneur will play its interesting keyboard arrangement of wooden levers by...

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  • Shipbuilder's Dike

    Schepenmakersdijk, the route we took to-and-from the bus stop, parallels a pretty canal lined with beautiful homes and lovely gardens. The two nearest little Kwakel bridge - where you want to turn left to the Carillon or Dam Square - were Mayor's houses and each has a charming little teahouse perched on the edge of the water.

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  • Damplein (Dam Square)

    This is the heart of Edam, and the big hump you'll see spanning the canal was once a dam with locks controlling inland water levels. Those have been gone since 1829 and the construction of larger sea locks but the overarching structure of the damsluis remains. The square itself dates to 1624 and around the perimeter are several historic buildings...

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  • A stroll through Edam

    The #1 thing to do in Edam is explore - and they make this easy with an inexpensive booklet entitled "A Stroll through Edam" (2.50 euro at time of this writing) which may be purchased at the tourism office in the town hall located in Dam Square. Starting at the square, the walk provides fun history and architectural lessons as it guides you about...

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  • Cheese and Chocolates

    Cheese, cheese market and chocolates....these would be the main things that would draw me back for a repeat visit to Edam. We missed the market day, but it is actually a "show" today, put on only for tourists, still it would be interesting to see.http://www.vvv-edam.nl/uk/index.htmlYou can see in the first picture the "stretcher" for carrying...

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  • Streets and Canals of Edam

    Each and every city, town or village that we visited in the Netherlands gave us the opportunity for so many photos, I guess they would be called "photogenic" and we found many "Kodak" points (places where you should take a picture ;O))The canals and streets seem to be equal partners in the makeup of the town and take up equal space as well. But...

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  • Carillon, Almhouses, Old Cemetery,...

    These are a few of my favorite things!!! Actually, they are a few of the interesting sights I saw on my walks around Edam. Edam is only a town of approx 7500 people so it is not big to walk around which means the sights are near to each other. It is worth it, you see all sorts, and some delightful homes & shops. Easy walking, no hills!

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  • DUTCH HOME - MADE LOLLIES & CHOCOLATES

    On my walk around Edam, I come across this delightful Lolly shop. I looked in the window and was enticed inside. There was a huge selection to choose from, so I bought some chocolates and a few bags of lollies to take home for gifts. The lady told me that they were home-made, not factory produced, these were the ones I bought.

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Edam Hotels

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  • Hotel & Restaurant De Fortuna

    it isn't the ritz, but sleeping in a cottage surrounded by water is different a fine restaurant

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  • L'Auberge Damhotel

    Keizersgracht 1, Edam, 1135 AZ, nl

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

  • Bed & Breakfast Edam

    Jacob Tonissenstraat 14, Edam, 1135 JB, The Netherlands

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

Edam Restaurants

  • Casual and Reasonable

    This was a enjoyable casual pub-type restaurant. We went on a rainy Saturday night and the cozy type atmostphere was a welcome change from the chilly outside. There was a big screen tv showing 70's music videos, however the sound was low enough that conversations were not affected. The specials were German Mushroom Soup and two venison dishes. The...

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  • Cutes garden ever

    The Hotel de Fortuna in the town centre of Edam has the cutes garden ever. The ideal place for having a coffee break in the sunshine surrounded by a lot of flowers.The restaurant was nicely decorated as well and I guess it could be quite a nice place to stay overnight as well (didn't see the rooms though).The toilet's worth a visit too ;-) It's...

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Edam Transportation

  • Bus Amsterdam to Edam

    If you are travelling from Amsterdam to Edam you have to use the bus no trains tickets are bought in ticket office at the front of the train station, you then walk through the train station following blue footprints to the otherside, the buses go from upstairs. Journey by bus takes about 30 minutesIn Edam the bus station is a 10 minute walk to town

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  • Getting to Edam

    A cheap way to get to Edam is by the Bus. The Bus leaves from the Bus Station near Central Station. If you are standing facing the Station, then its the bus station to the right. Here you will find the Buses and signs of where they are going. For good value BUY THE WATERLAND TICKET. It lasts you a whole day covering the Waterland area. You can get...

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  • Bus to Edam

    It's very easy to go from Amsterdam to Edam. There are buses near the central train station. (But I'm not sure abuot the number) If you are planning to visit Volendam and Marken too, buy "waterland ticket". It's 6 euro and valid all day

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Edam Shopping

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    by goodfish Updated Jan 16, 2012

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    What should you bring home as souvenir of Edam? I'm sure you already know that answer to THAT question but here's where you can get it. This little wine (wijn) and cheese specialty shop (kaasspeciaalzaak) is tucked along the shops lining Spui street on Dam Square's canal and so is an easy stop-by. Besides having a nice assortment of regional and international varieties, they can answer any questions you may have about getting your cheese home. Open 7 days a week: see the website for hours.

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Edam Tourist Traps

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    by Willem_oa Written Sep 3, 2002

    The Edam cheese market is a weekly event put on FOR TOURISTS in Edam, and it sure attracts lots of them. (Not as bad as Alkmaar, though.)

    The market is set up so that the cheese arrives on boats, is unloaded, sold, and put onto horse-drawn carts. Then, the carts are driven around town, back to the canal, are unloaded into the boat, and so the circuit goes!

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Edam Off The Beaten Path

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    by Willem_oa Written Sep 3, 2002

    There are many forts strewn over Noord-Holland. One of them is Fort Edam, at Oorgat 10. The fort is open to the public on National Monument day, or for groups by appointment. You can phone the Vereniging Oud Edam for information.

    For more info on forts in Noord-Holland, visit the following website. (Dutch only)

    http://www.noord-holland-tourist.nl/nl/stelling.htm

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Edam Favorites

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  • A cheesy tip

    Of course Edam is most famous for its cheese and the summer cheese markets. And true, if you want to buy some cheese, you'll have no problem here to find what you're looking for.

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  • Walk around the city!

    The narrow streets, little white bridges, and old houses .... One of the things you can do in Edam, is walk around in the old center.

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  • Sights of Interest

    some interesting places to visit:The city hallthe Dammthe Museum of cheesethe wooden houseGreat Church or St. Nicolaas ChurchKwakelbrug (Draw Bridge)The Cheese Weigh House The Carillon of the Church of Our Dear Ladyand more....

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