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Industrial Heritage

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

Historic windmills

Not only are these traits reflected in the 19th-century brick factories, old warehouses and towering chimneys around the bustling Zaan region, or the scent of freshly-cooked chocolate wafting through the air from the Verkade biscuit factory, but also in the still-spinning sails of historic windmills. This instantly-recognisable symbol of Dutchness not only worked to drain the land but also to power new industry. Packed with great shops, restaurants and cafés, Zaandam itself is a lovely place to while away an afternoon.

Take a self-guided bike tour of the "Golden Triangle", including Zaanse Schans and UNESCO World Heritage sites the Beemster and the Defense line of Amsterdam.

Visit the Zaanse Schans