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Sightseeing in Zaandam

If you are looking for fun things to do or nice things to see in Zaandam, there is plenty for you to check out. Whether you like to sit down and enjoy a nice show or go out and explore it all by yourself, we got some fun things lined up for you. These are our top picks when it comes to sightseeing in Zaandam.

Zaandam is a city close to Amsterdam, which a lot of typical ‘Zaanse’ buildings and, of course, the famous windmills at the Zaanse Schans. There is a nice history, and piece of culture to be found here, so let us get to the most famous sightseeing point that Zaandam is known for:

Zaanse Schans

The Zaanse Schans is a residential area in which the 18th and 19th centuries are brought to life. Stroll past the bakery museum and enjoy the smell of fresh cookies or take a look at the warehouse where clogs are made. You should be sure not to miss the cheese factory, pewter foundry and, of course, the various windmills. The Zaanse Schans is a unique part of the Netherlands, full of wooden houses, mills, barns and workshops. Make a cycling or sailing trip, browse the shops or treat yourself at the pancake restaurant.

Czaar Peterhuisje

The Czaar Peterhuisje (Tsar Peter house) can be found in the centre of Zaandam. It is one of the oldest wooden houses in Holland (built in 1632) and boasts rich memories. Tsar Peter the Great stayed here in 1697 before he left for the V.O.C. shipyards in Amsterdam. With his brief stay, he gave this humble wooden laborer’s house its name and fame. To protect the house from the weather, a brick shell was built around it in 1823.

Zaans Museum

Located on the Zaanse Schant, the Zaans Museum introduces you to a world-famous piece of Holland: Holland with its windmills, industries, green wooden houses, and Dutch icons such as Albert Heijn, Honig, and Verkade. This journey will take you from the very first windmills to the newest factories. There is always something to do for families and children at the Zaans Museum. Make your own chocolate wrapper or go on a treasure hunt. The collection of the Zaans Museum was founded on an exhibition that took place in Zaandam in 1874. The Zaans Museum opened in 1998 and started acquiring its own collection.


The Zaantheater is the place to go to see a big variety of different things. From cabaret to opera, from dance to musical, from concerts to plays, from international shows to performances for children. There is something for everybody in the large, modern building at the water the Zaan.

And, of course, Zaandam is located right next to Amsterdam, so it is super easy to take a train and go see what they have to offer as well. There is lots of stuff to do in this region of the Netherlands, so we hope you have lots of fun!