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Curious to learn about the stories behind the famous Golden Age? Wondering about the stay of Tsar Peter the Great or that of the famous painter Claude Monet in Zaandam? Then please come and wander through the Zaanstreek and marvel at all the Zaantreek has to offer.

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. 

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The must sees locals recommend

  • Inntel hotel

    Images of this stack of Zaan cottages are shared across the world by tourists and architecture enthusiasts.

    Inntel hotel Inntel stadshart hotel overnachten
  • Czar Peter House

    The wooden cottage Czar Peter the Great once used to stay to learn more about shipbuilding. 

    Czar Peter House Czar Peter Tsaar houten huisje Zaans Museum stadshart Zaandam centrum cultuur historie Russisch
  • MonetAtelier

    Visit our atelier and see Zaandam through the eyes of the world famous French painter Claude Monet.

    MonetAtelier Monet Schilderij Zaan Boten water Stadshart Centrum Zaandam MonetAtelier
  • Our windmills

    The creaking, toiling wood and all moving parts in the belly of a windmill make up an imposing spectacle.

    Our windmills Molen Specerijen binnen De Huisman Zaanse Schans beeldbank Zaanse Schans
  • Zaanferry

    Take this ferry to discover the industrial heritage along the banks of river Zaan.


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