Walking tour in Zaandam is like walking through big toy boxes !
Prepare yourself for a big surprise as soon as you see the first building!
Zaandam is a city in the province of North Holland, Netherlands. It is the main city of the municipality of Zaanstad, and received city rights in 1811. It is located on the river Zaan, just north of Amsterdam.
The statistical district Zaandam, which covers the city and the surrounding countryside, has a population of around 76,804.
Zaandam was a separate municipality until 1974, when it became a part of the new municipality of Zaanstad.
The history of Zaandam (formerly called Saenredam) and the surrounding Zaan River region (the Zaanstreek) is intimately tied to industry. In the Dutch Golden Age, Zaandam served as a large milling centre. Thousands of windmills powered saws that processed Scandinavian wood for the shipbuilding and paper industries. A statue that commemorates this industry was commissioned from sculptor Slavomir Miletić, and the statue, De houtwerker (“The Woodworker”), was installed on 20 June 2004.
Zaandam was a leading city in the first Industrial Revolution but then begins a steady decline. Zaandam is also historically linked with the whaling industry.
In 1697, Tsar Peter I of Russia spent some time in Zaandam, where he studied shipbuilding. He stayed in a little wooden house built in 1632, but was soon forced to leave because he attracted too much attention from the local population; he moved to Amsterdam, where he studied at one of the wharves of the Dutch East India Company. The wooden house he stayed was preserved and turned into a museum, the Czar Peter House.
In 1871, the impressionist painter Claude Monet lived in Zaandam for approximately half a year. During that time, he made 25 paintings of the area, including Houses on the Achterzaan, Bateaux en Hollande pres de Zaandam and A windmill at Zaandam.
The shopping area (Centrum) in Zaandam offers everything for a day of great shopping. Since a few years the city centre has transformed into an interesting architectural area. The traditional houses are mixed up with modern day aspects. When arriving by train, the first thing you see is the world famous Inntel Hotel. Next to it is the city’s town hall. From here you walk straight into the shopping area!
The classic mansions and the old plane trees make the Westzijde a pleasant street. Here you will find numerous specialty and family stores for more exclusive shopping. On this street you will also find the famous Bullekerk and you can enjoy a snack and a drink at the Zaan in Het Tolhuys.
Inntel hotels with 70 stacked Zaanse houses is the most talked-about building in the Zaan region. It has been discussed in all international architecture magazines. There are five different Zaanse facades – and the famous ‘Blue House’ painted by Monet – is also incorporated.
There’s plenty of things to see and do nearby Zaandam as well. Volendam, Marken and Monnickendam are popular with tourists. These places hark back to times of more honest crafts, showcasing the traditional skills the region was famous for: shipbuilding, fishing and cheese making. You can also experience the heritage of the Dutch industrial revolution in the area, and perhaps the best place to do this is at Zaanse Schans, one of the Netherlands’ best loved attractions. It offers a perfectly preserved glimpse into the Netherlands’ industrial past with its spectacular windmills and traditional houses, warehouses and workshops.
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Stayed there what a town, wiser here than paying amsterdam. U can travel at €5.50 to AC