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Zaanse Schans showing a bridge, a lake or waterhole and a small town or village

See how a traditional windmill works and marvel at this picturesque small city’s unique mix of modern and old typically Dutch architecture. 

Zaandam is a small city that is around 5 minutes north by train from Amsterdam. With its working windmills and traditional factories, the city’s De Zaanse Schans neighborhood produces everything from cheese and chocolate to typically Dutch wooden shoes.

Stand back and look at the new and completely unique architecture of the city hall and central shopping arcade that dominates the center of Zaandam. A modern interpretation of the traditional green painted Zaan-style houses, one of the most striking buildings is the Inntel Hotel that resembles layers of houses stacked on top of each other. Love it or loathe it, it is something that must be seen to be believed.

Head out to De Zaanse Schans near Zaandijk for a glimpse of Dutch life in the 17th and 18th centuries. Marvel at the neighborhood’s many colorful windmills and admire the green Zaan-style traditional wooden houses that are reflected so neatly in the canals. Browse the small museums and sample the traditional treats, ranging from cheese to sweets, that are made in small artisan workshops. Visit the arts and crafts shops to find a typically Dutch souvenir.

While at De Zaanse Schans, make sure you don’t miss the Zaans Museum. This museum gives an insight into the history and trading of the local area. It also includes the Verkade Experience, a tour of a still functioning chocolate and biscuit factory from the early 20th century. Of course, sampling the products will be the highlight of your time at the museum. End your visit with the small Claude Monet presentation, which highlights this French artist’s visit to the area in 1871.

Monet also painted the Blauwe Huis van Monet (Monet’s Blue House), a still partly blue corner house that you can find in the center of Zaandam. Another house with an interesting past is the Tsaar Peterhuisje (Czar Peter’s House). Czar Peter from Russia actually stayed here during a visit to the region in 1697. Built in 1632, it is one of the oldest wooden houses in the Netherlands.

Zaandam not only offers a great opportunity to see and taste Dutch history and heritage, but to also get a glimpse of the fascinating road the Dutch are taking towards the future.

Zaan Hotel Amsterdam - Zaandam
Zaan Hotel Amsterdam - Zaandam
4 out of 5
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$100 per night from 5 Aug. to 5 Aug.
Located in the heart of Zaandam, this hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of NDSM Werf, Sint Lucas Andreas Hospital and Westergasfabriek Culture Park. Flower Market ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (709 reviews)
"Great place , great service and hospitality, very clean room,"

Reviewed on 30 Aug. 2020

Zaan Hotel Amsterdam - Zaandam
Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Zaandam
Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Zaandam
4 out of 5
Provincialeweg 102, Zaandam
The price is AU$152 per night from 11 Aug. to 11 Aug.
Located in the heart of Zaandam, this spa hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of NDSM Werf, Royal Palace and Nemo Science Museum. Anne Frank House and Amsterdam ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (993 reviews)
Lacking Junior suite room
"The hotel facade is very nice and the area too. Very convenient for the parking space as well. I booked the "Junior suite" room but I realized immediately it was not really a "suite". No minibar (the fridge was empty) I ask why but no explanation. I called reception to have a bottle of water in the ..."

Reviewed on 31 Jul. 2020

Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Zaandam
Best Western Zaan Inn
Best Western Zaan Inn
3 out of 5
Grenehout 22, 1507 Eb, Zaandam
The price is AU$102 per night from 24 Aug. to 24 Aug.
Located in the heart of Zaandam, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Czar Peter House and 4 mi (6.4 km) from Zaans Museum. Anne Frank House and Dam Square are ...
4.2/5Excellent! (989 reviews)
Fantastic and plan to stay here again!
"The hotel staff was amazing and extremely accommodating. Extremely easy walk to the public transportation and right next to a grocery store that had great hours and great choices and fresh produce. Breakfast on the first morning was perfect; however, on the second day we pushed it back by one hour ..."

Reviewed on 12 Jul. 2020

Best Western Zaan Inn
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