Old Holland itineraries

Walk among the windmills, tour world-famous cheese markets and admire age-old Dutch traditions in Old Holland.


  • Discover traditional fishing villages where time seems to have stood still
  • Visit a paradise of Dutch windmills at Zaanse Schans
  • Experience traditional Dutch culture and explore cheese markets and green landscapes

Old Holland

With its countless windmills, cheese markets and traditional farmhouses and fishing huts, visiting Old Holland can feel like stepping into a Dutch Golden Age painting. You can experience the Netherlands’ old way of life in towns such as Volendam, Zaandam and Edam, which showcase the traditional skills the region was famous for: shipbuilding, fishing and cheese making. Whether you want to spend a full day or just half a day in Old Holland, here you can find inspiring ideas of how to take in the region’s best sights and experiences, as well as information about how to get there and back from Amsterdam city centre.

Old Holland: Get inspired!

5 facts about windmills

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Amsterdam 360

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Visitor Information Centres

With information on excursions, accommodation, restaurants or information on getting around, the Visitor Information Centres are here to help! Below y...

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.