Edam, city of cheese and much more! The most obvious association with ‘Edam’ is ‘cheese’. For centuries the well-known round Edam cheeses have been sent from this little town to all corners of the world. The cheese market, once again restored to its place of honour, is re-enacted weekly during the months July and August. And the weighing house and the nearby cheese warehouses keep alive the memory of a colourful past. However, Edam is more than cheese!
Edam city, more than cheese
Edam is a city with a rich history. It began in the 12th century, when farmers and fishermen settled along the little IJe river (pronounce ‘Eye’). With that ‘IJedam’ was a fact. This primitive settlement developed into an increasingly prosperous town well into the 17th century. Shipbuilding played an important role in this growth.
Edam city, Commercial city
Beside shipbuilding, the cattle and wood commerce were also major contributors to the thriving development of Edam. Together with Amsterdam, Hoorn and Enkhuizen, Edam was one of the most important commercial towns in Holland. Today Edam is a town with authentic 17th century architecture, convincing proof of its rich past.
Edam city, very cozy and authentic
When walking along the old streets and quiet canals, one can easily imagine how it must have been in a Dutch town centuries ago. Well preserved gables, squares, bridges and monuments capture and hold the attention of the visitor. A stroll takes one past the tea-houses on the ‘Schepenmakersdijk’ (‘Shipmakers dam’), the leaning Carillon tower (1561), the museum with the floating cellar and the Tourist Information on the Dam square -once the town hall of Edam- to the ‘Grote Kerk‘ (Great Church).
This church is one of the largest three beech churches in the Netherlands. It has an extraordinary collection of richly coloured stained glass windows dating from the 17th century. Edam has more to offer: cosy shopping streets and convivial terraces where one can enjoy a drink and a bite to eat. There is the Strandbad, a campsite on the edge of the IJsselmeer. Countless watersport fans from far and near have found their way to this campsite and public swimming area, just outside of Edam.
We could easily continue summing up the attractions Edam has to offer, but we prefer inviting you personally to come to Edam and discover the quiet and beauty of this little IJsselmeer-town. You’re more than welcome!
If you would like to know more about Edam, please visit the Edam Tourist Information Office.