1509 AW ZAANDAM
The remarkable Industrial Heritage of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area vividly captures the vibrancy, ingenuity and entrepreneurship of the Dutch.
Not only are these traits reflected in the 19th-century brick factories, old warehouses and towering chimneys around the bustling Zaan region, or the scent of freshly-cooked chocolate wafting through the air from the Verkade biscuit factory, but also in the still-spinning sails of historic windmills. This instantly-recognisable symbol of Dutchness not only worked to drain the land but also to power new industry. Packed with great shops, restaurants and cafés, Zaandam itself is a lovely place to while away an afternoon.