The Netherlands is famous for it’s cheeses. Of course the cheese is not made in the city centre of Amsterdam. The cheese farms are located in the countryside nearby Amsterdam. You will find them in on the south-west of Amsterdam and in the North of Amsterdam.
Cheese is made from milk and we obviously need cows for that. After all, most Dutch cheeses are made from cow’s milk. Cheese farms are often located in the polder and have large herds of cows to milk. Most farms in the Netherlands with cows supply milk to larger cheese factories, but there are also authentic cheese farms where milk is milked and where they make their own cheese. Often called farmhouse cheese.
These authentic cheese farms are very nice to visit. Many tours to the countryside go along these farms but of course you can also go there yourself.
Below I have mentioned some cheese farms that are worth visiting. All cheese farms are located nearby Amsterdam.
Cheese Farms near Amsterdam
- Clara Maria Cheese & Clogs (wooden shoes) Farm in Amstelveen (30 minutes drive from Amsterdam) –Farmer Kees-Jan milks the cows himself and uses the milk directly to make Gouda cheese. Thanks to the addition of different ingredients and herbs, the cheeses all have their own special flavours. Some of the specialties include chili cheese, garlic & chive cheese, Italian-herb cheese, ginger cheese, nettle cheese and truffle cheese. My favorite is the chili cheese =)
- Bovenkerkerweg 106 –1188 XH Amstelveen
- Rembrandt Hoeve in Amstelveen (25 minutes drive from Amsterdam) – Welcome to the Rembrandthoeve, the specialised cheese farm in Amsterdam. The cheese farm has been established for more than 30 years and you will find the most delicious traditional Dutch cheeses. At Rembrandthoeve you see how cheese is traditionally made. Apart from tasting the best cheeses, you are also at the right place for unique handmade clogs.
- Amsteldijk Noord 127 –1183TJ Amstelveen
- De Kaagse Boer op Kaag Eiland (40 minutes drive from Amsterdam) – My favorite cheese farm is De Kaagse Boer on Kaag Eiland. This farm is small and unique on an island. Where other farms are flooded with tourists, this is still a place where mainly Dutch people buy their farmhouse cheese. The farm is located on an island that can only be reached by a ferry.
- Julianalaan 29 – 2159 LC Kaag
- +31 6 -26714210
- website (only dutch)
- Henri Willig Cheese Farm in Volendam, Zaanse Schans and Katwoude (20 minutes drive from Amsterdam) – Unlike De Kaagse Boer, Henri Willig is crowded by tourists. In the center of Amsterdam you will find the shops and there are three cheese farms (Hoeves) in the neighborhood of Amsterdam. Each of the farms has its own unique identity. This makes a visit to the cheese farm eminently suitable for combination trips. Parking on the grounds is free of charge at the Alida Hoeve and Jacobs Hoeve and there’s no entrance fee in all three Hoeves.
Address Cheese Farms Henri Willig
- Hoogedijk 8
- 1145 PM Katwoude
- Tel: +31 (0)299 – 658397
- Zeddeweg 1
- 1131CW Volendam
- Tel: +31 (0)299 – 365830
- Zeilenmakerspad 5
- 1509 BZ Zaandam
- Tel: +31 (0)75 – 6215820
Cheese Markets near Amsterdam
Visiting a cheese market is highly recommended. The three most popular cheese markets are those of Alkmaar, Edam and Gouda. The cheese markets are only given in the summer months on a specific day in the week. I have listed all the information for the popular cheese markets.
- Cheese Market Alkmaar (Friday mornings)
- Cheese Market Edam (Wednesday mornings)
- Cheese Market Gouda (Thursday mornings)
Other farms near Amsterdam
The Netherlands is not only famous for it’s cheese. There are more products made in The Netherlands. Of course the tulips and other flowers but als fruit.
- Everything about Keukenhof Tulip Garden
- The Dutch Flower Parade Bollenstreek
- Keukenhof flower fields helicopter tour