Old Holland highlights

Here’s 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 – tips and highlights

With its countless windmills, churches and old-fashioned farmhouses, stepping out into Old Holland can feel like being in a Golden Age painting. Traditional towns hark back to times of craftsmanship, showcasing the traditional skills the region was famous for: shipbuilding, fishing and cheese making. Discover the best places to see, the most exciting things to do and see I amsterdam’s tips for accommodation, food and drink in Old Holland! 

Old Holland highlights:

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Volendam-Marken Express

Havenbuurt 21
1156 AM MARKEN
The Volendam-Marken Express is a fleet of ferries that carry passengers to and from the picturesque peninsula of Marken. Ferries d...

Cheese Factory Volendam

Haven 25
1131 EP VOLENDAM
Volendam is a village of fishermen, music and cheese. The Cheese Factory is one of the newest attractions in the centre of Volenda...

Windmills at the Zaanse Schans

Schansend 7
1509 AW ZAANDAM
The Zaanse Schans is an open-air museum that’s fun for all ages. Open year round, Zaans Schans is a free outdoor park with a colle...

Kaasboerderij de Jacobs Hoeve

Hoogedijk 8
1145 PM KATWOUDE
The Jacobs Hoeve is an authentic Dutch cheese farm situated near Volendam (only 20 minutes north of Amsterdam by road). The farm i...

Catharina Hoeve cheese farm

Zeilenmakerspad 5
1509 BZ ZAANDAM
The Catharina Hoeve is an authentic 17th-century cheese farm, situated at the Zaanse Schans, close to Amsterdam. The Zaanse Schans...

Molenmuseum

Museumlaan 18
1541 LP KOOG AAN DE ZAAN
The Windmill Museum is situated in a stately building on the edge of the Koger Park and gives the visitor a complete picture of th...

Volendams Museum

Zeestraat 41
1131 ZD VOLENDAM
The Volendams Museum, located in the town of Volendam, is definitely one of the Netherlands' most unconventional museums. Visitors...
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Zaans Museum & Verkade Pavilion

Schansend 7
1509 AW ZAANDAM
The Zaans Museum tells the story of daily life in the Zaan region over the centuries. The Zaan was one of the oldest industrial ar...

Zaanse Schans

Schansend 7
1509 AW ZAANDAM
With its traditional houses, windmills, warehouses and workshops, the historic village of Zaanse Schans offers a preserved glimpse...

Hollands Kaasmuseum

Waagplein 2
1811 JP ALKMAAR
Overlooking the world famous square Waagplein in Alkmaar, the Hollands Kaasmuseum has been the go-to spot for cheese ever since 19...

Where to eat and drink:

De Kraai

Kraaienpad 1
1509 AX ZAANDAM
Feast on traditional Dutch pancakes in the heart of the beautiful Zaanse Schans. The beautifully rustic restaurant has a cosy inte...

De Hoop Op d'Swarte Walvis

Kalverringdijk 15
1509 BT ZAANDAM
A riverside restaurant with an extraordinary history. De Hoop Op D’Swarte Walvis (hope for the black whale) was named after a 19th...

Restaurant van den Hogen

Haven 106
1131 EV VOLENDAM
This picturesque restaurant is located in the heart of Volendam. Its great view out over the harbour and the IJsselmeer makes for ...

Havenrestaurant De Lunch

Haven 96
1131 EV VOLENDAM
Occupying a prime position on the impossibly pretty Volendam harbour, this traditional waterside restaurant is always a popular ch...

De Verkeerde Wereld

Buurterstraat 20
1156 AS MARKEN
This petit restaurant has been built upon and named after a specific area on Marken called "The Wrong World" (a former swamp).De V...

Taverne De Visscher

Havenbuurt 22
1156 AM MARKEN
Located in the picturesque harbour on the former island of Marken, Taverne Visscher (fisherman’s tavern) is a traditional restaura...

Where to sleep:

Van der Valk Hotel Volendam

Wagenweg 1
1145 PW KATWOUDE
Surrounded by meadows, seduced by the nearby IJsselmeer yet only a fifteen minute drive from Amsterdam, show business and leisure ...

Hotel Old Dutch

Haven 142
1131 EW VOLENDAM
Hotel Old Dutch is a new three star hotel, situated on the harbour of the small fishing community of Volendam, about half an hour ...

Hampshire Golfhotel - Waterland

Westerweg 60
1445 AD PURMEREND
The Hampshire Golfhotel - Waterland is situated in the midst of the northern Holland landscape. This modern, excellent built hotel...

Best Western Zaan Inn Hotel

Grenehout 22
1507 EB ZAANDAM
The modern Zaan Inn Hotel is perfectly situated next to NS StationZaandam. From here you're within easy reach of the centre of Ams...

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.