With its countless windmills, churches and old-fashioned farmhouses, stepping out into Old Holland can feel like being in a Golden Age painting.
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 Dutch industrial revolution – a time when smoking chimney stacks and spinning sails enabled the mass production of goods in the Netherlands. Discover Old Holland's best sights, towns, villages and hidden gems, and how to plan your trip to the region from Amsterdam.
Experience traditional Dutch culture and see windmills, cheese markets and green landscapes
Highlights: Zaanse Schans, Volendam and Marken