• Take bus 312 or 314 to Monnickendam and rent a bike there.
  • Cycle past Het Weeshuis, an old orphanage from the 16th century that now serves as a teahouse. Enjoy a tea and some sweets, or continue your cycle tour through Monnickendam and enjoy a bite of fresh, tasty Dutch cheese at Henri Willig Kaas or Kaasboerderij de Jacobs Hoeve in Katwoude.
  • Your next stop is the Kathammer (Katwoude windmill) in Katwoude, a real polder windmill where you can learn all about its past in the guided tours.
  • Continue to Edam, until you reach the Jan Nieuwenhuizenplein. The Kaaswaag is on your left. This Edam Cheese Weigh House, where you can explore the cheesemaking traditions of Edam, the cheese capital of the Netherlands. The museum is housed inside a building that dates back to 1778. It features a permanent exhibition that explains the art of cheesemaking in a historic weighing room. Taste all the types of cheeses and purchase some to take home. Closed from the 1st of November until the 1st of April.
  • Walk your bike back to the Prinsenstraat and visit the Henri Willig Kaas (cheese) shop – just before the small bridge. To the right of the Restaurant E'Barrage is the Edams Museum, one of the oldest museums in the Netherlands, where you can find out all about Edam’s fascinating past.
  • From the museum, walk with your bike over de Dam. Once at Edam Town Hall (Raadhuis), cycle south to Volendam and visit the Volendams Museum. If you’ve ever wanted to take a peek behind the scenes at 19th-century life in Holland, you’re in the right place here. 
  • Next stop is the Smit Bokkum eel smokehouse, famous for its smoked eel and traditional Dutch pop music. Have a traditional lunch here: the restaurant serves a wide array of local fishy delights including a classic Volendam dish of stewed eel with red cabbage and butter sauce.
  • Cycle towards the harbour (haven) and the Dijk van Volendam. After about 5 minutes or so, Foto de Boer (Volendam’s famous photographic studio, where you can transform yourself into a true Volendammer in one of the many costumes) will be on your left, while to your right is the Markermeer. Don’t forget to take pictures! 

Marken sailboats

  • The ferry to Marken departs directly opposite Foto de Boer. Purchase your ticket(s) in the small house marked Rederij Volendam Marken Express. The cost is €10 per person, including your bike. After 30 relaxing minutes on the ferry you'll arrive at the harbour in Marken.
  • There are many signposts marked ‘Museum’ from the ferry. You can also follow these signs to reach the Marker Museum, which gives a unique insight into this fishing village’s extraordinary history.
  • Discover how clogs are made, either by hand or by machine, at Klompenmakerij Marken. And maybe take a pair home with you!
  • From Marken island you can cycle along the Waterlandse Zeedijk, the sea dike, alongside the N518 provincial road. With the Markermeer on both sides of you and the skyline of Amsterdam ahead, with the Rembrandttoren, A’DAM Toren and the Pontsteiger as landmarks, you’ll enjoy a fantastic ride back to Monnickendam.

See our cycle route for a useful step by step guide of your day in Old Holland.