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The bend in river Zaan off Wormer and Wormerveer is called the most beautiful stretch of Zaan. Not necessarily because of the water but because of the monumental warehouses and factories on the banks there.

The beautifully restored (industrial) heritage bears names reminiscent of the East Indies. Each piece of heritage tells its own story about the Zaan region's glorious past.

The Zaan bend provides a wonderful backdrop for carefree strolling, shopping at quality local shops and waterside terraces.

In the Zaan Curve

The Zaanbocht offers great shopping, good food and drink and easy parking too.

Trendy boutiques, distinctive shops plus a fresh spirit in the shops that have been there for a long time. There is everything: food, fashion, gift shops and design. Check the current opening hours on the retailers' website.

Retailers' association online

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Repurposed heritage

The Zaan region is home to many wonderful examples of repurposing. Factories along the Zaan, which once formed Europe's oldest industrial area, churches that have become vacant and buildings that lost their function, were given a new purpose that we can still enjoy today.

One of the most striking buildings along the Zaan is De Adelaar. With literally a giant eagle as a landmark on its roof. This former soap factory now forms the headquarters of fashion brand Vanillia, who, as a kind of tribute, also make soap here again.

The Adelaar