• Author: Rene
  • Created: 7 juni 2018
  • Updated: 21 juni 2019
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Amsterdam and Zaandam go together like coffee and biscuits – and on this tour you’ll get a taste of both cities’ deep connections to their industrial pasts. In this part of Holland, for well over a century people have lived in the shadows of huge factories. Some of these are still in use today, others have been transformed into apartments or cultural venues. Yet the real jewel of this journey is the Zaanse Schans – a living village of windmills, wooden houses and artisanal workshops that is frozen in time.

1. Silodam and Pontsteiger

Altitude: 3 m

Our journey begins at the Silodam, a 19th century wheat storage facility. Gaze over at the giant ‘n’ shaped building known as the Pontsteiger – this luxe apartment complex has Amsterdam’s most expensive apartment, clocking in at a cool 15 million euros.

2. City of industry

Altitude: 2 m
Address: Nieuwe Hemweg 10, 1013 BG Amsterdam, Nederland

Amble under the trees along Nieuwe Hemweg toward Neptunushaven. Raw goods like cocoa are stored in the enormous warehouses here before being distributed.

3. Centre of trade

Altitude: 2 m
Address: Nieuwe Hemweg, 1041 Amsterdam, Nederland

Notice the coal transport lines alongside the cycle path, which are used to move coal efficiently to the powerplant on the right.

4. Hempontplein ferry

Altitude: 2 m

Snap a selfie next to the giant statue of two kissing Dutch children, before boarding the Hempontplein ferry.

5. Former Ammunition factory

Altitude: 2 m
Address: Warmperserij, 1506 Zaandam, Nederland

The white building is a former ammunition factory. Loop around the corner then cycle alongside the typical Havenbuurt.

6. William Pont Island

Altitude: 2 m
Address: Amrum 26, 1506 BR Zaandam, Nederland

Although you wouldn’t know it from the modern apartment blocks, this small island was once a hub of the Dutch wood industry. Operated by wealthy merchant William Pont, who relocated his business from Edam to Zaandam after the completion of the Noordzeekanaal in 1876.

7. Ship yards

Altitude: 3 m
Address: Hogendijk 55, 1506 AD Zaandam, Nederland

Alongside the Hogendijk there used to be many ship yards, where wood from Russia and Scandinavia was worked into sea-going vessels. The industry declined in the 18th century.

8. Dam Square Zaandam

Altitude: 4 m
Address: Dam 7, 1506 Zaandam, Nederland

Dam Square is at the centre of Zaandam. Visit cafe ‘De Koperen Bel’, or rest and reset at any of the other cafes, restaurants and bakeries.

9. Bullekerk (aka. Westzijderkerk)

Altitude: 2 m
Address: Westzijde 75, 1506 ED Zaandam, Nederland

Meaning ‘bull church’, the name comes from the tale of a farmer and his pregnant wife who were mauled by a bull in 1647.

10. Verkadefabriek

Altitude: 2 m
Address: Westzijde 184, 1506 EK Zaandam, Nederland

One of the Netherlands most iconic biscuit and chocolate factories. It began life as a single bakery in 1886, eventually expanding across the dyke to the west, where some of the buildings are still being used. Today, the riverside edifices are transformed into cultural venue.

11. Urban-industrial contrast

Altitude: 3 m
Address: Vermaningstraat 16A, 1541 KD Koog aan de Zaan, Nederland

Notice three typical characteristics of the area: industrial heritage buildings, residential houses and modern infrastructure, all located around the imposing Tate & Lyle starch factory, founded in 1867.

12. Cocoa trade and museum

Altitude: 1 m
Address: Lagendijk 10, 1544 BG Zaandijk, Nederland

The cocoa trade was at its height around 1900, mostly in the North of the Zaan region: learn all about its impact with a stopover at the Cocoa Museum. Further up, ‘De Bleeke Dood’ (est. 1656) is the oldest wooden tower mill in the Netherlands.

13. Cycle Junction

Altitude: 1 m

14. Zaanse Schans

Altitude: 1 m
Address: Kalverringdijk 10, 1509 BT Zaandam, Nederland

The Zaanse Schans is like a 19th-century Dutch masterpiece come to life – an area littered with windmills, artisanal shops and lovingly-preserved houses. Visit the imposing Zaans Museum to learn about the area’s history, see clogs from centuries yore at the Wooden Shoe Workshop, or follow your nose to the Verkade Experience.

15. Haaldersbroek

Altitude: 1 m
Address: Haaldersbroek 16, 1509 BN Zaandam, Nederland

Explore the picturesque hamlet of Haaldersbroek, once a fishing village. Today, it’s home to less than 200 people. At Haaldersbroek 11, you can see the oldest house which dates to c. 1661.

16. Cycle Junction

Altitude: 1 m

17. Cycle Junction

Altitude: 1 m

18. Cocoa production

Altitude: 1 m
Address: Oostzijde 311, 1508 EN Zaandam, Nederland

This residential/industrial contrast is home to Gerkens, one of the Netherlands’ biggest cocoa producers, and a series of old houses and factories. Pit stop: Coffee and cake at Café Zaanzicht.

19. Churches and warehouses

Altitude: 2 m
Address: Kramerstraat 7, 1502 TM Zaandam, Nederland

The neo-classical Kerk van het Apostolisch Genootschap at Oostzijde 82 designed by town architect L.J Immink, was built in 1860. In this area you can admire price-winning modern architecture along the waterfront.

20. Cycle Junction

Altitude: 1 m

21. Klauwershoek and Noorderkerkstraat

Altitude: 4 m

This well-preserved part of old Zaandam has colourful cafés and eateries, houses old and new, and the impressive Oostzijderkerk.

22. Zuiddijk

Altitude: 4 m
Address: Zuiddijk 209, 1501 CJ Zaandam, Nederland

Cycle through the residential streets to explore the beautiful old houses along Zuiddijk then head through the bike tunnel under Den Uylweg back toward Amsterdam.

23. Noorder IJ-Plas

Altitude: 2 m
Address: Zijkanaal H-Weg 43, 1037 RS Amsterdam, Nederland

Amble along Noorder IJ-Plas with boathouses to your right and the Noorder IJpolder to your left. You’ll see plenty of greenery and bird life, like kingfishers around the lake.

24. Amsterdam Marina

Altitude: 2 m
Address: Werfstraat 4, 1033 RA Amsterdam, Nederland

Make your way around to Amsterdam Marina, with its curious mix of commercial hubs and shipyards. For a short stop-off, head to Loetje aan het IJ for a stunning panoramic view of the entire marina.

25. NDSM-werf

Altitude: 1 m
Address: NDSM-Plein 26, 1033 RD Amsterdam, Nederland

NDSM was once the largest shipyard in Europe. At its peak in the 20th century, thousands worked on cargo ships and oil tankers. Since the yard’s closure in 1984, the area has been re-generated as a start-up hub that you can explore by foot.

26. Hembrugterrein

Altitude: 3 m
Address: Kardoes, 1506 PR Zaandam, Nederland

With the Noordzeekanaal to your right, cycle alongside the Hembrugterrein (a vast industrial complex once used by the military) or veer off to visit the Hembrug Museum.

27. Detour: The Czaar Peterhuisje

Altitude: 1 m
Address: Krimp 5a, 1506 AA Zaandam, Nederland

Built in 1632, and played host to Peter the Great for a week in 1697.

28. Oude Houthaven - Hembrug (6,2 KM)

Altitude: 1 m
Address: Westhavenweg 30, 1042 AL Amsterdam, Nederland

29. Hembrug - Dam (3,7 KM)

Altitude: 2 m
Address: Onegastraat 55, 1506 NW Zaandam, Nederland

30. Dam – Zaanse Schans (4,9 KM)

Altitude: 2 m
Address: Breestraat 86, 1541 EK Koog aan de Zaan, Nederland

31. Zaanse Schans - Oostzijderkerk (5,5 KM)

Altitude: 2 m
Address: Hendrick Rietschoofplein 15, 1506 GV Zaandam, Nederland

32. Oostzijderkerk - NDSM-Werf (8,8 KM)

Altitude: 3 m
Address: Noorder IJ- en Zeedijk, 1505 Zaandam, Nederland

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Altitude: 4 m
Address: Keizersgracht 62, 1015 CS Amsterdam, Nederland

34. Amsterdam Centraal Train station

Altitude: 3 m
Address: De Ruijterkade 5, 1013 AA Amsterdam, Nederland

35.

Altitude: 3 m
Address: Houtmankade 58B, 1013 MZ Amsterdam, Nederland