Edam Travel Guide - Famous for its Cheese
The first thing most people associate with the town of Edam is its cheese, and its weekly cheese markets are a popular tourist attraction.
However, Edam offers visitors much more than just cheese, with its striking architecture, peaceful canals and rich heritage.
From humble beginnings as a primitive 12th century settlement, Edam later grew into an important shipbuilding town, with 33 shipyards responsible for the construction of many famous ships. Today, this prosperous heritage is visible in the well-preserved gables, squares, bridges and monuments, whose distinctive 17th century Dutch style bear testament to the city's rich history.
Edam's beautiful architecture makes it a wonderful place to relax and explore the streets and canals. A short stroll will take you past the leaning Carillon tower, whose bells still play a short melody every 15 minutes, the Edam Museum with its unique floating cellar, and the Great Church with its stunning collection of stained glass windows.
Numerous cosy shopping streets with shops specialising in antiques, art and souvenirs are perfect for browsing, and pleasant bars and restaurants give ample opportunity for relaxing on a terrace with a drink or a snack. Edam is a wonderful example of a quintessential Dutch town, and a visit there is sure to be an unforgettable experience.