One of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area’s best kept secrets, Hembrugterrein is a former military base that was closed to the public for many years. It now houses art studios, a museum, restaurants, offices, a market hall and the inspiring Het Hem cultural space located in the former munitions factory. 

Hembrugterrein (Credit: Floor van der Vlist)

Het Hem, Hembrugterrein. European School Zaanstad bidbook. (Credit: Floor van der Vlist)

Zaanse Schans and the Zaans Museum 

One of the most iconic Dutch landscapes, the windmills of the Zaanse Schans give visitors a peek into one of Europe’s oldest industrial areas. The Zaans Museum is filled with interactive exhibits that bring history to life. 

Zaanse Schans windmills (Credit: Dirk Brand)Zaans Museum (Credit: Pascal Fielmich)


The cocoa and chocolate industry once boomed in this historic village, which is now a lively residential neighbourhood.

Wormerveer riverside (Credit: Mike Bink)