Cheese Weigh House Edam
For centuries now, the well-known rounds of Edam cheese have been shipped from Edam to all corners of the earth. For this reason, ‘Edam’ and 'cheese’ are often closely associated. The cheese market, which during high season is a weekly-recurring event in Edam, attracts many visitors. The Edam cheese Weigh house (De Kaaswaag) is also open to the public. Henri Willig Kaas BV is always present to offer visitors a piece of its own homemade cheese.
On April16, 1526, Emperor Charles V granted the free weekly market to the city of Edam, as well as the right to weigh, for which right Edam had to pay 90 guilders annually to the Authority of the Count. This right to weigh goods at market was made perpetual by Prince Willem I on March 2,1594 for a yearly payment of 10 guilders. Except for a thirty-year interruption between 1745 to 1775, market was held each week until 1922. The present building dates from 1778.
A permanent exhibition on cheese making is set up in the weigh house.