Hopefully the Edam Cheese Market will operate in 2021. They closed for 2020. If so, then you can join Mark on this most Dutch of days out! In 1526, Charles the Fifth granted Edam the right to the Waag (weighing house) and, in 1576, William of Orange granted the right to the Waag in perpetuity. The current Waag was built in 1778. Official cheese markets were held here until 1922. The market then closed because of the way cheese was then produced in factories. Tradition lives on in today's cheese markets. Under the watchful eye of the market supervisor, farmers bring 'Noordwester Edammer' to market by boat or horse-drawn cart. They then have their cheese 'laid down' by special cheese carriers who are also members of a special cheese bearers guild. The traders take a sample of the cheese using a special cheese drill and taste the cheese to assess its quality. If it is found to be of acceptable quality, the cheese bearers transport the cheese to the weighing scale in the Waag, where the old ritual of bargaining and clapping hands take place, after which the the cheese is loaded up again.
Get ready for something special. We’re travelling to Edam with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you’ll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing guide.
The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from Edam. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!
While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.
We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.
The majority of your tip goes directly to support the guide’s hard work, while the rest helps Heygo continue to build a place that brings the world closer together.
Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.
For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.