Enrich your visit to Zaandam

Get the most out of your visit to Zaandam with recommendations, tips and hidden gems.  

Take the time to explore this historically rich industrial area, where Windmills meet the Waterway.

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Zaanse Schans windmills along the River Zaan
Places to Eat and Sleep

Zaandam or Amsterdam: Which city should you stay in?

When planning a trip to the Netherlands, tourists are often confused when deciding between the vibrant city life of Amsterdam …

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Baz boulderen water side terrace for dinner
Things to See and Do

Best Activities for Active People in the Zaandam Area

Zaandam is known for its calming and picturesque landscapes and rich historical tours that surely transport you back in time. …

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the outside of the molen museum at the Zaanse Schans, it appears a small home but hides a good sized museum inside
Things to See and Do

The Molen Museum – Windmill Museum at the Zaanse Schans

The Molen Museum is located in Zaanse Schans, a picturesque neighbourhood in Zaandam. Situated on the banks of the Zaan …

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Windmill from the Zaanse Schans from the River
Zaanse Schans

The cost of visiting the Zaanse Schans

Zaanse Schans is a renowned destination for its historical windmills and wooden houses. It is located in the Netherlands, just …

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Tall ship traveling along the zaanse schans
Things to See and Do

Top Zaanse Schans Boat Tours For An Unforgettable Experience

Zaanse Schans is known for being a highly-sought destination near Zaandam—what with its historic windmills, wooden houses, and the charming …

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De Kraai pancake restaurant is in a green wooden building next to water
Places to Eat and Sleep

Pancake Restaurant De Kraai at the Zaanse Schans

Visiting the beautiful Zaanse Schans can be a delightful experiencey, especially when you explore both the Zaans Museum and the …

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Ticket kiosk by the parking entrance of the Zaanse Schans
Zaanse Schans

Unlock Access to the Zaanse Schans with the All-Access Card

The Zaanse Schans Card, a comprehensive admission pass, is your key to the top attractions at the Zaanse Schans site …

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Hemels Restaurant in wormerveer on the zaanbocht
Places to Eat and Sleep

Indulge in Delicious Treats at Hemels Wormerveer restaurant!

Hemels is a quaint ice cream shop and restaurant in Wormerveer by the Zaan river. It’s common to see a …

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Zaans Museum and Parking lot
Things to See and Do

Zaans Museum: Where history comes to life

No trip to Zaandam is complete without a visit to the Zaans Museum. Located at the Zaanse Schans, this museum …

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Things to do while you're in Zaandam

KalverPolder, zaandam near zaanse schans

Biking

Bike like a local through quaint streets and lush green paths, a perfect way to uncover the hidden treasures and scenic beauty of the area.

Zaanse Schans windmills on the Zaan River,

Water

Explore the Zaan River, its locks, and many picturesque bridges that connect vibrant neighborhoods and reveal breathtaking views at every turn

Zaanse Schans House

Historical

Where historic windmills and centuries-old buildings stand as proud testaments to the region's rich industrial heritage.

Zaan Theater For shows, comedy and music. Located in the City Center

Culture

Immerse yourself in the vibrant cultural scene by catching a theater show, exploring an art film, enjoying live music performances, and experiencing a variety of other cultural events that capture the creative spirit of the area.

Tournedos from Cafe de Slager in Zaandijk

Delicacies

Indulge in the local culinary scene at charming restaurants, where each dish serves up a slice of regional tradition, from expertly crafted cheeses to decadent Dutch pastries.

Zaandam: Where Dutch Tradition Meets Modern Charm

Discover the charm of Zaandam, a vibrant gem just a stone’s throw from Amsterdam. Explore our unique architectural heritage, epitomized by the iconic, colorful houses of the Zaanse Schans. Delight in our rich history and modern culture, from historic windmills to trendy waterfront cafes. Zaandam offers a picturesque escape with the perfect blend of tradition and contemporary Dutch lifestyle. Come see why Zaandam is not just a destination, but an experience!

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