Industrial Heritage

The remarkable Industrial Heritage of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area vividly captures the vibrancy, ingenuity and entrepreneurship of the Dutch.

Historic windmills of the Zaan region

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.

Take a self-guided bike tour of the "Golden Triangle", including Zaanse Schans and UNESCO World Heritage sites the Beemster and the Defense line of Amsterdam.

Visit the Zaanse Schans

Windmills at the Zaanse Schans

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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...

Zaans Museum & Verkade Pavilion

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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...

De Zaanse Schans Clog Workshop

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Visit the wooden shoe workshop at the Zaanse Schans! See the clog makers at work in the workshop and learn about the history of wo...