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Edam - see the cheese village from the water

One of the wooden drawbridges
One of the wooden drawbridges

Discover Edam from the water

There is not only the Edam Cheese Market to discover. First we are perplexed: we are to whisper exploring Edam in North Holland. What does that mean? We have no idea what that means. And you're probably the same, right? Marc had us the former cheese city north of Amsterdam explained. He had told us about the history of the region behind the dikes. He also reported on the special challenges that the builders of the pretty and lovingly cared for wooden and stone houses in the villages on the Dutch coast face. Now he smiled slyly: "Yes, you will definitely get to know Edam in a whisper."


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Spoke it, and then crossed one of the typical drawbridges that the canals in the North Dutch villages spanning. Only when he finally stopped at a small boat booth near the city center of Edam did he solve the riddle: "You will get to know Edam's trading houses and the old town with a whisper boat." So I was still not much smarter. Who knows what a "whisper boat" is. But this time the explanation followed immediately: “These are particularly quiet, flat boats powered by electricity. You can use them to navigate the narrow waterways behind the dike. ”


The land behind the dike

Water and canals play a big role in the land behind the dikes in the north of Holland. We immediately noticed that this country is criss-crossed by canals. In addition, there were always larger bodies of water, lakes and ponds on our way. Marc also shows us on a map how North Holland looked hundreds of years ago. A narrow strip of land stretching from Amsterdam like a bony finger north into the sea. Today, however, it has become a wide headland, created by human hands.


How to get from Amsterdam to Edam:


The majority of North Holland consists of polder areas. These are areas that are separated from the sea by dikes. The sea level is higher than the land gained. That is also the reason why there are so many windmills in these regions. Your task is and was to pump the water from the rural areas over the dike into the sea. As a result, the drained areas dry out and the soil shrinks. "It works like a dry sponge," says Marc. "The more water you withdraw from it, the smaller and more compact it becomes." And so the land in North Holland sinks ever lower below sea level. In some places, the difference between land and sea is already several meters.


By "whisper boat" past well-kept houses
By "whisper boat" past the well-kept residential buildings of Edam


With flat boats through the city

Marc delivers us to Luc van den Berg after our city tour. The latter rents its small fleet of “Fluisterbootjes” to tourists. Luc only does this as a sideline. His main job is the editor of a small local newspaper. After a bit of back and forth, he still agrees to accompany us on our tour through Edam's old town. It turns out to be a real stroke of luck. He knows about almost every house we see along the way. He can therefore tell us a lot about his history and residents. And so we move - really at whisper volume - leisurely through the canals of Edam and can see how authentic this place still looks today.


That belongs in the suitcase:

  • Since Edam is not far from the sea, the wind is blowing there almost always. A waterproof windbreaker * So you should definitely pack.
  • Practical is also a baseball cap * or a Cloth*that keep hair in check even in strong winds.
  • An backpack always proves to be practical on such trips.
  • If the day trip takes a little longer, one is Power Bank * helpful. There is not always a socket ready to charge your photo or mobile phone.
  • Of course you can also Holland Travel Guide * not missing in the backpack.


Edam - once and now

Luc reports that once in Edam and other villages on the Zuiderzee, ships were built for the United East India Company. They killed their spices and other exotic merchandise Africa around to India and the Spice Islands. Some of these yards still exist today, except that they now build other ships and boats. He also shows us the typical façade shapes of North Holland houses. The staircase facade or the bell shape of the gables. And he describes how a walker almost drowned a few years ago when the drawbridge collapsed under him. Today, the wooden and picturesque bridges, spanning the canals in several places, have been restored and given a new lease of life.

What does Edam look like, as if it originated in a Dutch lifestyle magazine? So beautifully maintained is the place, its houses and their front gardens. The residents of Edam often work in Amsterdam, which is only twenty minutes away, and also lead a tranquil life away from the hustle and bustle of the big city in their place of residence. Enviable: they enjoy the best of two worlds - on the one hand, the tranquility that life in the countryside entails, and on the other, the urban offer of the nearby city.


Under bridges to the city center of Edam
Under bridges to the city center of Edam


Culture in the cheese village

Culture is also no stranger to Edam. The place has its own theater, a museum and, above all, very creative residents. This can be seen in the many festivals that are celebrated here all year round, but also on a small scale. The front gardens and houses are designed and decorated with so much love and creativity that you can see very quickly: people who have made it live here. That has to be the case, because the prices for the small, proper wooden and stone houses correspond to those that you pay for living space in Germany's most expensive city - Munich. Luc says: "If you own a house here, you can rest." And that's exactly what Edam is the perfect place for. Or for anyone looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life in a wonderful setting. Edam has become one of our longing places.

Cheese market Edam


Today a doll stirs the cheese at the Cheese Market in Edam
Today, a doll stirs the cheese at Edam Cheese Market
... and the cheese carriers at the cheese market in Edam are made of metal
... and the cheese carriers at the Edam Cheese Market are made of metal


One thing we did not find in Edam: a cheese dairy. But the place was world famous. However, cheese production today takes place elsewhere.

As a reminder of the great time of cheese making in Edam, there is a weekly cheese market in the summer months. Then boats and horse-drawn carriages deliver the cheese. The cheese is unloaded by special cheese carriers. Afterwards, the cheese traders come to the train. They drill a sample of the cheese and test it for its quality. That's how the price is determined. If the quality is perfect, the cheese is transported on wheelbarrows to the cheese scale.

Where is the Cheese Market Edam?

Edam Cheese Market is located in Jan Nieuwenhuizenplein, 1135WT Edam
It takes place in July and August of Wednesday from 10.30 - 12.30 clock. There's also an evening market on a Saturday from 20: 30 to 22: 30 pm.

Check out our video with impressions from Edam:



Travel Arrangements:

Getting there
KLM, Lufthansa, Swiss and Austrian fly to Amsterdam. A stay in Edam and the surrounding area of ​​Amsterdam can be very well with a Road trip through the Hanseatic cities link.

Cheap Car Hire - Book Fast and Easy! *

Organized trips from Amsterdam:

hotels * in Edam you can book through our partner booking.com at this link. We stayed in the Fort Resort Beemster *, a former fortress that has been converted into a hotel. One can also stay in Amsterdam *Only 29 kilometers away.

For overnight we recommend this

Landgoed Duin en Kruidberg
Duin en Kruidbergerweg 60
2071 LE Santpoort
further information, current availability inquiry and convenient online booking *

More information about the whisper boats can be found here:

Luc van den Berg, Rogier de Leeuw
Tel. + 31 (6) 140 52 130 or + 31 (6) 301 64 004


Cheese market Edam
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Quelle Cheese Market Edam: own on-site research with a friendly invitation from iamsterdam and the Dutch office for tourism. Our opinion remains our own.

Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline


  1. Anja
    | Reply

    Holland is always worth a trip, especially because of the cheese and the beautiful canals. I think it's funny that you are called places exactly like the respective cheese or vice versa :-)

    • Monika
      | Reply

      Dear Anja,

      in the case of the Edam, this is more the reverse. The cheese is named after the city in which it was once made. Today there is still the cheese market there, but it is no longer made locally. The cheese city is today Alkmaar.

      Best regards,

  2. Julia
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    I had the same questions at the beginning of the article. Thank you for the quick clarification about "whisper boats". : D I recently saw a documentary about the East Indian Company. Germans also went there as mercenaries. Exciting facet of the (admittedly not glorious) history of Europe. And I love Edam! : D LG Julia

    • Monika
      | Reply

      Dear Julia,

      I have met the East India Company only once in my travels so far, in South Africa. It is true that there were Germans there as well. I think that's a fascinating chapter in European history. And what was really glorious?

      Best regards,

  3. Jeff Titelius
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    Oh I LOVED my trip to Edam back in 2012 with Viking River Cruises and have visited many of the places you featured above in this beautiful post! I even have some of the same pics too! How uncanny !! Great minds my friend !!

    By the way, did you have a chance to see Marche or Volendam? Both are delightfully charming villages that you must see one day SOON!

    • Monika & Petar Fuchs
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      Dear Jeff,

      your posts made me curious about these places. It's your photos, that started thinking about a trip to these villages. We have been to Volendam and Monnickendam, but have not seen brands yet. This is silent on our to-do-list.

      Holland has become one of our favorite countries, but we will not be there this year. It's quite a drive from our home near the Austrian border.

      Take care, my friend.

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