Edam is a picturesque town to the north of Volendam, with its share of historical buildings. Since the 16th century, the cheese market has played an important role in the economy of Edam. During the walk you will discover the following: The Town Hall, of which the first stone of the foundation was laid on 18 May 1737. When you enter you will see the council chamber, a former sheriffs’ courtroom, still mainly in its original state and now used as a wedding room. Continue your route along the water. There you will see on your right the Swaen, a Lutheran Church Hall from 1740. Next you find Bakhuis de Koophandel(39)for chees of export quality and hand-made. On the other side of the water, the Parish of Edam and a beautiful historic house in the port 135. Continue your route and you will arrive at the Edams Museum. A former merchant’s house famous for its floating cellar which rolls like a boat on the groundwater (1737). The cheese market is held on the Jan van Nieuwenhuizenplein. Walk past the corner of the Breestraat where you will find the oldest wooden house of the sculptor and architect Hendrick de Keyser (1500). At the end of the Grote Kerkstraat is the magnificent Grote Kerk or Sint Nicolaas Kerk, a hall church in late Gothic style. Up to 1830, people were buried in the church, then this was forbidden by Napoleon. Opposite the church is the Proveniershofje rest house dating from 1555, and the orphanage. Here, the Beguines taught the youth and took care of the sick. The Kwakel bridge is one of the few remaining balance bridges with one leaf. Take a walk along the water and admire the beautiful merchants’ houses from the olden days.