Every bit as charming as the traditional fishing village of Volendam (Read: Volendam: A Picturesque Dutch Countryside) is another beautiful city in the Dutch countryside called Edam.
Edam, as some of you may already have guessed by now, is home to the famous cheese of the same name—the Edam Cheese, a semi-hard variety with pale yellow insides and a coat of red paraffin wax on the outside.
Edam lies north of Volendam and is just a few minutes away from the latter. While Edam is a bit smaller than Volendam and more compact, it isn’t, however, in any way less attractive. It is in fact lovely.
The old town is composed of charming narrow stone streets and gabled brick structures. Canals also abound in just the right number. There’s even an interesting-looking drawbridge that has been in the area for so long already.
Some streets are lined with shops selling Edam’s delicacies like cheeses, chocolates, souvenir items and other bits and pieces. We didn’t pass up the cheese-tasting offerings of the cheese shops and went ahead and tried some. And then more, haha. There were restaurants and cafes, and a few hotels as well.
Other areas are residential and dotted with cute little brick houses with terra cotta roofs. These places are the quiet ones with nary a soul in sight.
The Edam Town Hall, which also houses the tourist office, is an imposing structure in the middle of the city. We were lucky to witness a wedding scene during our visit, which was just like any other wedding ceremony—solemn and sweet.
An imposing old church sits in the center of town.
Exploring the area takes just a few hours, but its beauty definitely makes it a worthwhile visit.