It was a beautiful day for our cycle ride into Edam from Volendam. Edam, of course, is famous for its Edam cheese. Again this little town is only half an hour away bus ride from Amsterdam central station.

Edam

Quaint and charming doesn’t even begin to describe the Dutch countryside in the little village of Edam. Narrow cobbled streets, beautiful houses and picturesque canals spanned by centuries-old drawbridges, can be found throughout this little town. Every scene a picture-perfect postcard. Although there isn’t really much here it is a lovely place to stay and then travel out to other places like Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Volendam, Delft,  Keukenhof gardens and more by train or car.

Canal at Edam

We parked our bikes up and walked along the canal for a while and enjoyed looking at all the houses and all their characteristics.

Edam

Edam

Beautiful reflexions in the water.

Edam

Beautiful homes along the river

Edam

Cheese shop in the village.

Edam

Edam

 

Edam

This is where you can see where the local cheese is made.

Edam

Edam

Edam

We stopped off for lunch at a lovely quaint hotel called the Fortuna and sat in the beautiful quiet garden patio which overlooked the canal.  It was such a tranquil setting that we went back a bit later for afternoon tea.

If we were to come to the Netherlands again without our motorhome then we would definitely be staying in this hotel.  It’s close to the bus stop to/from Amsterdam and nicely away from the hustle and bustle of the big city.  It’s a beautiful old building with a warm atmosphere, lots of history and artwork inside.  The owner and staff were very friendly and couldn’t do enough for us.

Edam

 

Edam

 

The town is so small that you could get round it quite quickly although it is worth visiting the cheese shop for tasters and watching how they make the cheese.

Edam

Edam, Netherlands