As I have written before, in Amsterdam you can easily find museums for anything you could possibly imagine. Recently I bumped into something interesting – Amsterdam Cheese Museum. It is located in the charming Jordaan neighborhood, a step away from the Anne Frank House and one of the top free things to do in Amsterdam.
Cheese tasting in Amsterdam
On the first floor, you can find many types of traditional Dutch cheese like Gouda and Edam. The good news is that the visitors can taste them all. The variety is great – from young to very old cheese, smoked, spicy or cheese with herbs, mushrooms and even ham. The most attractive is the colored cheese:
Green with green pesto, blue with lavender and even pink (red) with red pesto.
If you happen to like some type of cheese in the Amsterdam cheese museum, you can buy it. Also, there are gift sets that include several different types of cheese, wooden boards, cheese knives, slicer and so on.
I took the narrow staircase down to the lower floor. Here you can find the museum, where you can learn more about the path of the milk from the farm to your table. There are also displayed interesting tools, which are used to collect the milk in the past and some modern devices.
There is also a variety of boards and cheese knives. Speaking of knives, for example, there can be seen the most expensive cheese slicer, which is decorated with diamonds.
Here is something I’ve learned at the Amsterdam cheese museum. The cheese should be cut into thin slices instead of cubes. In this way, the cheese is exposed to more oxygen and henceforth the taste is more intense.
If you are a big cheese fan and you really want to get into it or you are just an adventurous person, you can dress like a Dutch farmer and take some pictures. Grab a cheese wheel and say “Cheese”. How fun is that!
Even if you’re not a big cheese fan I still recommend you to visit the Amsterdam cheese museum and learn some history and facts. If you’re into it, be adventurous and you may find a new favorite flavor. My personal favorites are the smoked cheese and the cheese with cumin. As a bonus, you can try different types of mustard and jams. The fig jam is absolutely marvelous!
There is no admission fee for the Amsterdam cheese museum and the address is Prinsengracht 112.
Are you a cheese lover? Which is your favorite?