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  • 1 Zaanstreek Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Historically an industrial mill district (with around 600 in operation in 1760). The developments in woodworking brought about by sawmills meant huge leaps forward in shipbuilding. Many mills still remain. Sitting atop huge storerooms, most were invo..

  • This modern museum is dedicated to the socio-economic history of the Zaan region. A large natural model of the region is the departure point for a trip across seven "sites" assembling all sorts of objects (boots, carts, signs), each one ill..

  • 3 Zeilenmakerspad

    Architecture, castles and historic districts


    Along the path you will see the small De Hadel mill (wipmolen). At no.4, the In de Gecroonde Duyvekater (The small crowned loaf) house from the 17C, has a Bakery museum ( Bakkerijmuseum).

  • 4 Kaasmakerij Catharina Hoeve (Cheesemakers)

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Zeilenmakerspad 5

    Here the traditional method of making Edam and Gouda is maintained. This farm is a reconstruction of a typical farmhouse from the east of the Zaan region created in 1988.

  • 5 De Poelenburg

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    This wood sawmill from 1869 is of the Paltrok type: in it is a large workshop which turns with the mill as the sails turn to catch the wind. This mill owes its name to its broad moveable base which is reminiscent of the Pfalzrock, a woman's dress fro..

  • 6 Verfmolen De Kat (The cat mill)

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    In the 17C, the Zaan region had 55 mills for crushing. These were used to extract dyes from tropical woods.

  • 7 Molenmuseum (Windmill Museum)

    Museums and art

    Museumlaan 18

    This museum is located in a pretty park. It features various scale models, tools, millers' clothing, documents and engravings dating from the 17C to the 19C. A map shows the locations of the 1000 windmills which still exist in the Netherlands. In 185..

  • The tsar lived incognito in this house when he was apprenticed to a shipbuilder in 1697. The wooden house has been enclosed within a brick building since 1895, a gift of Nicolas II.

  • 9 Zaans Historisch Museum

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    This museum dedicated to the history of the Zaan region is in the brick house (18C) of a rich trader and comprises a living room with 19C furniture, a "Prosperous new year room" (a room added on following successful business) and a tiled ch..

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