Edam and Volendam
Walking through Edam and Volendam, with their narrow and attractive alleys with picturesque houses, you feel like you have entered a painting. The yellow and red wooden shoes and traditional costumes are typical of Volendam. Edam has an extremely rich past and therefore more to offer than just cheese, as delicious as it may be! Historically a chartered town since 1357, thriving on trade and agriculture, it has nevertheless remained relatively small. The town has nowadays grown together with neighbouring Volendam. Its main claim to international fame is Edam cheese.
For centuries, Edam's well-known rounds of cheese have made their way to every corner of the world. In fact, 'Edam' and 'cheese' are almost synonymous. Many famous sights are just a stone's throw from the old centre of the picturesque Zuiderzee town of Edam. Edam's cheese market, a weekly event during the high season, always attracts plenty of visitors. Edam is about 77 kms from Amsterdam and Amsterdam Airport (Schiphol). Edam is about 3 kms from Rotterdam and Rotterdam Airport.
Edam is a city with a rich history. It began in the 12th century, when farmers and fishermen settled along the little Ye river. With that ‘Yedam’ was a fact. This primitive settlement developed into an increasingly prosperous town well into the 17th century.When walking along the old streets and quiet canals, one can easily imagine how it was 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, the leaning Carillon tower (1561), the historic museum with the floating cellar, the Dam, the Town hall of Edam to the Great Church. 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.
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Drop your anchor alongside the boardwalk of Volendam
Two quaint fishing villages Volendam & Marken with perfectly preserved houses, traditional costumes, shops, and picture-taking opportunities galore!
Volendam is a popular tourist attraction in the Netherlands, well-known for its old fishing boats and the traditional clothing still worn by some residents. Volendam, a Catholic village in the north, includes a pointed hat in the traditional costume, perhaps most often recognized as a Dutch style. The women's costume of Volendam, with its high, pointed bonnet, is one of the most recognizable of the Dutch traditional costumes, and is often featured on tourist postcards and posters (although there are believed to be fewer than 50 women now wearing the costume as part of their daily lives, most of them elderly).
As a result of its completely insulated location, this village preserved its character for six centuries, also because of the tough vitality of the fishermen. The characteristic small houses, which together with the canals and the drawbridges form the most picturesque spots, present the visitor an atmosphere of geniality and romance. Don’t forget to visit the Volendam museum with the ’Sigarenbandjeshuis’, where cigar rings are on display.
Once you have seen the houses, the beach is ideal for a romantic moonlit walk or just simply to get some fresh air. The view of the coast is spectacular. This is also the best place to see the locals in their traditional fishing dress, although they wear it more for the sake of tourists than anything else.
Outside the village, you can visit cheese farms and wooden shoe workshops. There is a regular ferry connection to Marken, a peninsula close by. Volendam also features a small museum about its history and clothing style, and visitors can have their pictures taken in traditional Dutch costumes.
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