The Story of Edam Cheese

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45 minutes

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Culture Vultures, Family Friendly, First Timers, Uniquely Dutch

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Dutch, English, Espanol, Francais, German, Italian

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Have you always wanted to know why Edam is so famous? Visit this enchanting town and learn more about The Story of Edam Cheese. Henri Willig has built an experience in Edam, where the fascinating history of Edam cheese is told from the past and present. Edam is nearby Amsterdam, so perfect to combine when visiting the capital.

Upon arrival in Edam, you will instantly be captivated by the charm of this historical town. Explore the serene canals, cobbled streets and elegant gable houses on your way to The Story of Edam Cheese experience in the heart of Edam.

Meet the farmer’s wife, the hero of the story. She has traditionally been responsible for making the cheeses and knew exactly how to get them as tasty as possible. The audio tour will guide you, while you learn more about the history of Edam cheese: the world conqueror and the treasury. There is also a life-size cow that can be milked. How is cheese made and how do you taste cheese? Find out more at The Story of Edam Cheese experience by Henri Willig. 
A building dated from 1500
Dating back to around the 1500s, the experience is located in one of the oldest buildings in Edam. After an extensive renovation, the building has been restored to its former state. During the renovation, the building revealed all kinds of secrets. Discover these revealed secrets during your tour. A unique experience! 
And if you are staying in Amsterdam, why not discover the complete cheese experience, including a 45-minute cheese tasting at Henri Willig’s Cheese Tasting – Rembrandt Square in Amsterdam? 


  • Enjoy this unique 'Cheese Experience' in the heart of Edam
  • Visit the famous town of Edam, just 20 minutes away from Amsterdam
  • Learn more on how Edam cheese is made
  • Taste some delicious Edam cheese by the reonwned family company Henri Willig
  • Discover one of the oldest buildings in Edam


  • Entry The Story of Edam Cheese Experience
  • 45-minute self-guided tour

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How long can I store cheese?
When placing cheese in the refrigerator, Henri Willig cheese can be kept for a period of 6 to 8 weeks.
Can I freeze cheese?
It is best not to freeze cheese, as it will lose its taste.
Can I have my cheese order shipped to my home address?
Yes, this is possible. Henri Willig delivers to more than 50 countries worldwide.
How do I travel to Edam?
The Story of Edam Cheese is located at Spui 9 in the centre of Edam, about 20 minutes from Amsterdam North. The building is accessible for wheelchairs.

Public transport
EBS buses run from Amsterdam (on the IJ side of Central Station) in the direction of Edam and Hoorn; the best connection is with line 314, but you can also choose from lines 310, 312, 316, 317 (rush hour) and 318. see: There is no train connection with Edam.

By car
From the direction of Amsterdam from the ring road of Amsterdam (A10) take exit Volendam (S116). After approx. 600m at the traffic lights turn right towards Volendam, this is the N247. You remain on the N247 (along Broek in Waterland and Monnickendam). You will automatically reach Edam and turn right at the traffic lights. After 250m turn left (before the traffic lights) into Burgemeester Versteeghsingel. (signs Centrum and VVV). After 150m turn left into the Baanstraat. After 100m you can park your car free of charge on your right for a period of 4 hours. Don’t forget the blue parking disc!


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