Our first overnight bike trip to the north of Amsterdam was to the town of Edam. This little place was, in a French word, charmante. We spent the night at a charmante hotel called the Fortuna and rode home, via Marken Island, the next day.

Our Route To Edam

Our Route To Edam

Delightful De Fortuna, built in 1654

Delightful De Fortuna, built in 1654

Highlights

  • Dinner at Fortuna (best dinner yet! Cheers to the cook.)
  • Ferry ride to Marken Island
  • Cheese Museum in Volendam
  • Tasting the water on either side of the dike to see if it was fresh or salt… answer: fresh leaning to brackish on both sides because the former ZuiderZee has been enclosed as the IJsselmeer.
  • Walking around Edam, beers at the Dam Hotel
Fietspad (bike path) on the top of a dike

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Walking Bridge (Brug)

Walking Bridge (Brug)

Canal as reflecting pool

Canal as reflecting pool

Approaching Marken Island (return trip to Amsterdam)

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