• Take bus 316 from Amsterdam Central Station to Volendam (35 mins), a typical Dutch fishing village where the authentic character and traditional costumes are proudly preserved.
  • A visit to Volendam typically begins with a stroll down De Dijk, the main harbour strip, a lively shopping and residential street. Make the most of your time in the fishing village by sampling the freshly caught seafood, there’s a variety of cosy cafés and restaurants that will serve up the latest catch of the day. 
  • Exactly 100 years ago, a huge flood destroyed many of the villages around the IJsselmeer.  You can journey back to 14 January 1916 at Experience Volendam, a virtual-reality presentation that immerses you in the dramatic events of that day. While in Volendam you can also visit the Volendams Museum or enjoy a trip to the Cheese Factory.Kaasfabriek Volendam boerinnen zingen
  • Take the Volendam Marken Express ferry from Volendam to nearby Marken, which was once an island but now connected to the mainland by a dyke. 
  • In Marken, treat yourself to a Dutch meal at one of the wonderful waterfront restaurants before visiting the traditional wooden houses for which the village is famous. The houses are built on stilts or poles, or clustered on the hills to provide protection from fluctuating tides.
  • Bus 110, 312 or 316 from Volendam will take you north to Edam (10 mins). Or if you’re heading to Edam from Marken then take the bus, changing at Monickendam (to plan your journey visit 9292).
  • In Edam, a must-see is the famous cheese market, held every Wednesday in July and August from 10:30 to 12:30. The famous red-ball-shaped Edam cheeses have been travelling to the most remote corners of the world for centuries. 
  • While in Edam, The Edam Museum offers visitors a journey into the life of a merchant from the Dutch Golden Age. Complete your cheese journey with a visit to De Kaaswaag (the cheese weigh house).
  • Bus 314 (from Edam bus station) will take you back to Amsterdam in around 35 minutes.