In these hours I am preparing a trip to go with my nephew and that will include Holland. It will be your first time there so I want you to see something more than the canals of Amsterdam and I thought of visiting Edam, Marken and Volendam.
If you’re wondering where you see the famous windmills and tulips in Holland, read on to find out what you have to do to visit them.
If you travel to Holland you can take several excursions to the villages near Amsterdam, one of the most popular is to visit the windmills of Zaanse Schans.
But it is also common to visit Edam, Marken and Volendam, which are beautiful Dutch villages.
If you have a completely free day, you can dedicate it to an excursion to Volendam, Marken, Edam and Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam.
Seeing these villages in one day can be a bit difficult, as Zaanse Schans is inland and the other villages are in the coastal area. It is therefore best to make two different excursions from Amsterdam and get to know them better.
Meet Volendam, Marken, Edam and Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam in one day
But let’s focus on the idea of getting to know all these little towns in one day.
As I said before you can go by bus or train and then try to walk around on your own.
You can also rent a vehicle if you feel comfortable driving in another country.
However for me the best option to visit these sites is to hire a guided tour that takes you to know them.
The tour has an approximate cost of 42 euros, it will not take you to know the 4 villages but we will tell you what to do to achieve it.
The tour departs from downtown Amsterdam at 9:30, so we recommend arriving between 9:00 and 9:15.
The first stop is at Zaanse Schans, where you can get to know the windmills, the traditional 15th century cottages and the Dutch cheese and clogs factory.
At the second stop, Edam, you’ll learn about round cheeses and a bit of their history. Then in Volendam you can cross the polders, this is one of the most beautiful and colorful fishing villages.
And finally, your tour will end in Marken and then return to Amsterdam.
So instead of taking two days to travel Volendam, Marken, Edam and Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam, you can do it in one day.
While it’s a little more expensive, you can also save some time and enjoy a guided tour.
On the other hand, if you pay about 12 euros extra, you’ll have a meal at Volendam. The menu includes a main course that is roasted chicken breast or fried cod, with homemade fries, bread, salad and water.
Vegetarians and vegans do the photosynthesis or take some food.
Or, you’ll have free time to eat wherever you want.
Go to Volendam, Marken, Edam and Zaanse Schans on our own.
Touring Volendam, Marken, Edam and Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam is possible, it is cheaper but perhaps the experience is not the same as with the tour.
To get to Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam, you must take the train from Amsterdam Central Station to Koog Zaandjk Station.
Then you have to walk for about 10 minutes to the mills.
If you decide to take the bus, you can do so from Amsterdam Central Station by taking line 391 to Zaanse Schans.
This journey can take approximately 30 minutes. These journeys cost less than 10 euros per person (round trip).
On the other hand, to go from Amsterdam to Volendam you can take the bus 316, which has the route Amsterdam, Edam, Volendam. When you are in Volendam take the ferry to Marken, which can be free if you have the I Amsterdam Card.
Knowing Zaanse Schans
If you take the tour, the first stop you’ll make will be the windmills. Zaanse was a very important industrial region in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The village had mills that produced linseed oil, paper, mustard, paint and other products. By the 17th century it had up to 600 mills.
Another stop will be at a clogs factory. This is due to the fact that many of the historic houses have been converted into craft shops.
At the end of Zaanse Schans you will take a bus, the journey will take about 25 minutes and end in Edam. It is a very small village, with old houses, very quiet but known for its cheeses.
In 1357 it was recognized as a city and a tax-free port was created for trade. It was a very good period for trade in Edam, as many ships arrived with traders, improving the economy of the village.
If you liked the Amsterdam canals, you’ll love the Edam canals. Its streets and canals are very beautiful.
Then you’ll get to the Cheese Market. This is the most famous site of the village, located in a small square where the cheese was previously marketed.
The artisan farmers of the area transported the cheese through the carcasses. When they reached land, they were transported by sleds pulled by two men.
Keep in mind that if you visit the Cheese Market in summer, on Wednesdays there are historical recreations that start at 10:30 until past noon.
The Edam Cheese Factory
Another of the stops in Edam will be at Henri Willig’s Edam cheese factory. In the factory they will explain to you how the different types of cheese are made and the manufacturing process of each one. Of course, everything will be told in Spanish.
When you finish, you can go to the shop area where you will be able to see the great variety of cheeses, and even taste them. Among the different cheeses you can try are walnut, chili, pesto and more, it should be noted that they are very delicious.
The next destination is the coastal town of Volendam and you will get there from Edam, the journey will take about 15 minutes. You’ll get to know the street that surrounds the port and its shops.
As in Edam, there is a cheese factory but it is much more interesting than Henri Willig.
The tour will give you some free time to walk the streets and eat in a restaurant before going to Marken.
On the other hand, if you’re doing the tour on your own. To take the ferry to Marken you will have to buy tickets at Volendam, which cost approximately 7.5 euros.
Knowing Marken is very easy, basically consists of very nice and old fishermen’s houses. The little houses you can see are next to the harbour, and if you arrive on time you could also visit the clogs factory.
Back to Amsterdam from Marken
Returning to Amsterdam takes about 30 minutes. It will not be necessary to take another ferry, since they have joined the island with a bridge of 2 kilometers. So you can take a bus from Marken to Amsterdam.
If you go on your own without a tour, you can take as much time as you want at this last stop. Since many buses pass until 12 at night, so there is no rush.