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Step back in time to Old Holland

With its countless windmills, churches and old-fashioned farmhouses, stepping out into Old Holland can feel like being in a Golden Age painting.

Traditionally Dutch

Old Holland towns such as Volendam, Zaandam and Alkmaar hark back to times of more honest crafts, showcasing the traditional skills the region was famous for: shipbuilding, fishing and cheese making. Alongside such classic industries, you can also experience the heritage of the industrial revolution – a time when smoking chimney stacks and spinning sails enabled the mass production of chocolate and biscuits.

 

Old Holland: Get inspired!

Zaanse Schans: Iconic windmills and waterland
Zaanse Schans windmills Cris Toala Olivares
Marken: Quaint Dutch harbour village
Marken harbour
Volendam: Step back in time
5 facts about windmills
Zaanse Schans sunset Cris Toala Olivares
Edam Cheese Market
Edam cheese market Geert Snoeijer

Famous Old Holland towns

Volendam

For a fantastic trip back into ‘Old Holland’, head for Volendam, a picturesque town on the shores of the IJsselmeer, some 20 km north of Amsterdam.

Marken

Marken is a former island in the Markermeer. This peninsula remains a popular seaside getaway that’s reachable via a long causeway or a reliable fleet...

Edam

Cheese is the first thing that springs to mind when most people think of Edam. This small town, which sits on the bank of the Markermeer, north of Ams...

 

Old Holland highlights

Here’s I amsterdam's selection of highlights of things to do and places to stay, eat and drink in Old Holland, including restaurants, hotels, excursio...

Old Holland itineraries

Whether you have a full day to spend or just half, here's a selection of suggested itineraries for taking in the best sights and experiences of the Ol...

5 facts about windmills

Windmills are an Old Holland tourist attraction – a quaint symbol of Dutch tradition – and visiting one (or several!) makes for a lovely day out. Did ...

Industrial Heritage

The remarkable Industrial Heritage of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area vividly captures the vibrancy, ingenuity and entrepreneurship of the Dutch.

Smalltown Harbours

Smalltown Harbours such as Edam, Volendam, Marken and Monnickendam all share a rich history of fishing and trade.

Where next?

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