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The Zaan Region

Located just north of Amsterdam, the Zaanstreek is a picturesque region in North Holland known for its historic windmills, charming towns, and delicious local specialties like cheese, chocolate, and mustard. Explore the famous Zaanse Schans windmills in Zaandam or take a boat tour on the river Zaan in Wormerveer. Learn about the region's industrial heritage at the Zaans Museum and sample the local delicacies. With something for everyone, the Zaanstreek is the perfect destination for a relaxing getaway or cultural excursion. Experience the unique beauty and charm of this Dutch region for yourself!

Explore the Zaanstreek

Zaans stories

The Zaanstreek is known for its rich history. The region is home to the oldest industrial area in Europe, was the ‘Larder of the Netherlands’ and is a source of inspiration for painters.

Let some of the best stories about the Zaanstreek inspire you!

To the stories
Czaar Tsaar Peter Huisje museum Zaans Zaandam Stadshart Hout Scheepsbouw


By boat, train or car: the Zaanstreek is closer than you think!
We've summed up the different ways to visit the area for you. 

Find your way

Safe to the windmills

Zaanse Schans is a public area where people live and work, but where you also imagine yourself in a Zaans village from 1850.

That combination means it can be crowded at Zaanse Schans at times. Are you on your way there? Then keep each other in mind.

From Zaandijk Station - Zaanse Schans you will find the walking route clearly marked with signs and icons on the pavement. Stay on the pavement and be considerate of cyclists, on the route and on Zaanse Schans itself.

If you follow the accompanying signs, you will get there automatically. Together, this is how we keep Zaanse Schans safe and enjoyable for everyone.

Please observe the following rules of conduct along the way;
- Walk on the pavement
- Look carefully when crossing
- Mind the cyclists
This applies both on the walking route, and on the Zaanse Schans itself.

Explore more

Want to explore more than the Zaanse Schans? Buy an Amsterdam & Region Travel ticket online or at the VVV Zaanstore next to the Zaandam train station. With two and three day Amsterdam & Region Travel Tickets, it’s easier than ever to see what lies beyond our windmills.

Visit the industrial heritage in Wormerveer, our amazing stacked houses hotel in Zaandam Citycentre or take the train or bus to Amsterdam.

More about the Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket