Enrich your visit

Get the most out of your visit to Zaandam.  Take the time to explore this historically rich industrial area.

Enterence at hoop brouwerij
Places to Eat and Sleep

Brouwerij Hoop (Brewery)

Hoop Brewery (brouwerij Hoop in Dutch) is a must-visit pub in the picturesque Zaandijk. It is known for its take …

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Cafe Brasserrie Het Heerenhuis Wijdewormer
Places to Eat and Sleep

Cafe Brasserie Het Heerenhuis

Cafe Brasserie Het Heerenhuis is a charming restaurant gem just a short walk from the famous Zaanse Schans windmills in …

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Restaurant Cafe de Slager in Zaandijk near Zaanse Schans
Places to Eat and Sleep

Romance and History Meet at Cafe de Slager

Cafe de Slager is a charming restaurant located in Zaandijk, right around the corner from the Zaanse Schans windmills and …

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Zaanse Schans wind mills
Things to See and Do

Zaandam, Zaanstad, Zaanstreek – What’s the Difference?

It can be confusing when you first visit or relocate to Zaandam.  Often you will hear mention of Zaandam, Zaanstad …

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Zaanse Schans opening times
Zaanse Schans

Zaanse Schans – Opening Times

While the Zaanse Schans is not gated and you can walk through the paths at an time, it remains a …

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Zaanse Schans
Zaanse Schans

Zaanse Schans – How to Get There

The Zaanse Schans is easy to reach, coming directly from Amsterdam or Schiphol. If you are visiting on a summer …

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Enterance to the Zaanse Schans
Zaanse Schans

Parking at Zaanse Schans

Depending on the day and weather the Zaanse Schans can be very, busy, and paid parking is limited. It is …

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Things to do while you're in Zaandam

Zaanse Schans House

Historical

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

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

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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