Zaanstad. Boundless opportunities for the European School

With its ideal location, space to grow, ambitious development plans and every amenity school children and their families need, Zaanstad is the optimal location for the European School. 

Zaanstad is ready for the future

What was once Europe’s first industrial area continues to be a lively and attractive location in which to live and work. International residents and companies are increasingly attracted to Zaanstad as it transforms into a vibrant area that is ready for the future.

In Zaanstad, you’ll find “the promise of growth, development and endless possibilities,” according to the Mayor of Zaanstad, Jan Hamming. It is a place with “energy, creativity and international ambition, combined with village informality. A rich history with wonderful industrial heritage and a vibrant business community. Lots of activity, lots of creativity.”


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Accessibility and location

NS station trein Amsterdam

Zaanstad enjoys a prime location with convenient access to Amsterdam and neighbouring cities. 

Location of the school

Location of the new European School Zaanstad. Overtuinen. Map photo

Overtuinen is a newly developed, residential neighbourhood safely accessible to students.

Future development

Aerial photo Zaandam Zuid. European School Zaanstad bidbook
Urban planners and developers are making way for more residents to call Zaanstad home.

Life in Zaanstad

Cycling in Zaanse Schans. European School Zaanstad bidbook. (Credit: Dirk Brand)
Beautiful natural spaces and a wide variety of housing options make it an ideal home base.

Zaanstad highlights

Zaanse Schans. European School Zaanstad bidbook. (Credit: Mike Bink)
Zaandam is culturally rich with inspiration at every turn, from picturesque windmills to contemporary art collections.