As I flicked back through my (gorgeous leather Tiffany 😊) diary to check the Easter weekend dates, I couldn’t believe it’s already been over 4 weeks! Not to mention it’s over 3 months since we returned from our Christmas/New Year break in Hawaii…time flies when you’re having fun! I’ve also been very delinquent with my blog 😳, which I’m going to remedy with some new posts over the next couple of weeks. We’ll also be moving to a new apartment- very exciting, and something I’m going to write about soon – with some tips on navigating the rental market for expats in Amsterdam.
We’ve been on some lovely weekend adventures in the Netherlands in the last couple of months, as well as a very special London visit in March, with a luxurious stay in the Savoy Hotel (more on that soon…watch this space!)
So today I thought I’d do a post on our recent visit to Edam, a quaint historical town on the Markermeer, probably best known for its little round cheeses, but with a lot more to offer.. including a delightful Auberge Hotel…the perfect place to relax after the ride from Amsterdam.
The route to Edam starts at Centraal Station – where you take the bike path through the tunnel to the back of the station, and walk your bike onto the Buiksloterweg ferry. The ferry is free, and takes pedestrians, bikes, and motorcycles across the Ij (pronounced “eye”) to the other side. It takes about 5 minutes, and runs all the time (I don’t think I’ve ever waited more than 5 minutes for one).
Once on the other side, it’s a pleasant ride, mainly on bike paths, through Buiksloterweg, then the historical little town of Broek in Waterland (see main photo), and on past Monnickendam. It’s around 13 miles, and takes just over an hour, depending on whether you stop for any sightseeing or tea breaks! There can be a bit of traffic in the Broek in Waterland area, so be aware.. mainly large farm vehicles. There aren’t any official bike paths here so make sure you keep to the right hand side of the road.
Where to stay (and eat!)
This delightful hotel (click above for full details) in the centre of Edam looks like a nice old village inn from the outside. When you walk in, you’ll be hit with a luxurious and grand interior of sumptuous velvet furniture, ornate chandeliers and antique statues, with large dining rooms, providing a very cosy and welcoming atmosphere to the weary traveller (and the perfect place for post-bike ride champagne time!).
The bedrooms are no less fancy, with decadent furnishings and decor. We’ve stayed in the “Romeo and Juliet” room twice, so that’s the only room I can comment on, but it’s really lovely, with a view of the bridge and the Main Street, and very quiet at night. The bathroom is small, but has a full bath tub, and everything you need for a short stay. Word of warning: the stairs up to the bedrooms are steep, even by Dutch standards! Be very careful in heels (or having partaken of too much of their excellent wines 😉).
The restaurant downstairs is beautifully decorated, with roaring fires, and, again, statues and other antiques rescued from old churches. You’ll have quite a few Archangels overlooking your dinner!
The food is delicious, excellent quality, and beautifully presented – we think it’s of Michelin standard (I believe they’ve been given the Bib Gourmand distinction, which recognises restaurants offering a quality meal within a fixed price range).
After your lovely meal and a good sleep, you should be ready to do the 13 mile ride back to Amsterdam in the morning! The buffet breakfast at the Dam Hotel is also excellent. Don’t forget your souvenir Edam cheese from one of the delicatessen shops on the Main Street!
So, I hope this post inspires you to get on your bike and get out of the city for a day or two. There’s so much to see around Amsterdam, all easily accessible on two wheels. I’ll be posting more ideas and recommendations for trips very shortly – including our annual trip to the beautiful Keukenhof, and a lovely evening on the island of Vuurtoreneiland – follow my blog below to be automatically notified of new posts.
As always, if you have any questions, things to add, or recommendations about other day trips from Amsterdam, I’d love to hear from you!
Safe travels 🙂