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.

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. 

Discover the region with the Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket

Reasons to visit Old Holland: 

  • Just 30 minutes from Amsterdam Central Station
  • Experience traditional Dutch culture and see windmills, cheese markets and green landscapes

  • Highlights: Zaanse Schans, Volendam and Marken

Old Holland destinations


Volendam harbour
Experience Volendam: a charming harbour village on the shores of the IJsselmeer, just 20 km north of Amsterdam.

Zaanse Schans

Zaanse Schans windmills CC BY 2.0 gags9999 via Flickr
Zaanse Schans offers a perfectly preserved glimpse into the Netherlands' industrial past with its traditional houses, windmills and workshops.


Edam cheese market Geert Snoeijer
This idyllic town produces a brand of cheese that’s beloved by food fans from around the world.


Marken harbour
Marken is a former island in the Markermeer that remains a popular seaside getaway. Visit via the long causeway or by ferry.

Amsterdam Waterland

Amsterdam Beemster polder windmill
The home of two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: De Beemster and the Amsterdam Defence Line.

Activities, excursions, hotels and more

Amsterdam Zaanse Schans windmill day trip, Merijn Roubroeks
I amsterdam's selection of highlights of things to do and places to stay, eat and drink in Old Holland, including restaurants, hotels, excursions and attractions.

Old Holland itineraries

Find out how to get to Old Holland and the best things to see and do when you are there.

Old Holland: Get inspired!

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How to get to Old Holland:

How to get to Old Holland

Find your way to the top attractions in Old Holland using public transport.

Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket

This convenient multi-purpose ticket offers unlimited public transport by bus, tram, train and metro in the entire Amsterdam area.

I amsterdam City Card

Your City Card gives you free entry to some fantastic museums, castles and attractions to be found in the Amsterdam Area.

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