Zaandam (Dutch pronunciation: [zaːnˈdɑm] (listen)) 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.[1] Zaandam was a separate municipality until 1974, when it became a part of the new municipality of Zaanstad.[2]

Windmills at the Zaanse Schans in 2007
Windmills at the Zaanse Schans in 2007
Zaandam is located in North Holland
Coordinates: 52°26′N 4°50′E / 52.433°N 4.833°ECoordinates: 52°26′N 4°50′E / 52.433°N 4.833°E
ProvinceNorth Holland
 • Total76,804
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)


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. Into the second half of the 20th century, Zaandam was still an important lumber port. Zaandam is also historically linked with the whaling industry.

In 1697, Czar Peter I of Russia spent some time in Zaandam, where he studied shipbuilding. He stayed in a little wooden house from 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.[3] A statue honoring him was placed on the nearby Dam Square in 1911,[4] and was declared a Rijksmonument.[5]

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 first European McDonald's restaurant opened in Zaandam in 1971.[6] The Albert Heijn supermarket chain (founded in nearby Oostzaan in 1887), now grown into the Ahold Delhaize retail company, is headquartered in Zaandam. Chocolate manufacturer Verkade also hails from Zaandam.

Football club AZ (Alkmaar Zaanstreek) was founded in Zaandam on May 10, 1967.



Zaandam stadhuis

Zaandam City Hall

Zaandam, kerk1 in straatzicht foto1 2011-04-17 16.02

De Oostzijderkerk

Zaandam, sluis foto3 2011-04-17 16.05

Zaandam, sluice

Zaandam, de Sint Bonifactuskerk foto6 2011-*04-17 16.14

De Sint Bonifatiuskerk

Zaanstad Bahnhofsbrücke 09

Zaandam downtown

Monet Claude A Windmill at Zaandam

A windmill near Zaandam painted in 1871 by Claude Monet


Zaandam circa 1889. Etching by James McNeill Whistler

Albert Heijn Headquarters by Niels Kim

Albert Heijn headquarters in Zaandam

Notable people


  1. ^ a b Municipality of Zaanstad, Zaanstad in cijfers [1]. As of 1 January 2017.
  2. ^ Ad van der Meer and Onno Boonstra, Repertorium van Nederlandse gemeenten, KNAW, 2006.
  3. ^ Koppenrade, Liza. "11 dingen die je nog niet wist over Tsaar Peter de Grote". Oneindig Noord-Holland (in Dutch). Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Czaar Peterroute". Wandelrouteboek Nederland (in Dutch). ANWB Media. 2005. p. 54.
  5. ^ "Czaar Peter Monument in Zaandam" (in Dutch). Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  6. ^ McDonald's International (Press Release), "Fascinating McFacts about McDonald's International", 1996.

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Amsterdam Sloterdijk station

Amsterdam Sloterdijk is a major railway junction situated to the west of Amsterdam Centraal station. It is at a rail-rail crossing with an additional chord (Hemboog). It is on the railway line from Amsterdam Centraal to Haarlem and the last station before the junction where the line Amsterdam Centraal-Zaandam diverges from it, and on the crossing west branch of the Amsterdam-Schiphol railway line between Schiphol and Amsterdam Centraal. The Hemboog chord connects the crossing lines, providing a direct connection between Schiphol and Zaandam. There are platforms at both crossing lines and at the Hemboog; for the latter there is a separate entrance on another side of the station square.

There are two metrolines.

De Bonte Hen, Zaandam

De Bonte Hen (The Spotted Hen) is the name of an oil mill, located in the Zaanse Schans, in the municipality of Zaanstad. De Bonte Hen is the northernmost of the mill Schans.

The original mill was built in 1693. Until 1935, the mill was preserved in its original state. This year, the mill was rebuilt. In 1975, the restoration of the mill was accomplished. Since then, the mill weekly on a voluntary basis into service. Among the mill are still the original oil cellars for the storage of oil made at the mill.

De Gekroonde Poelenburg

De Gekroonde Poelenburg (The Crowned Poelenburg) is a paltrok mill in Zaandam, North Holland, Netherlands which has been restored to working order. As all Dutch paltrok mills it is a windpowered sawmill. The mill is listed as a Rijksmonument, number 40093. It is located at the Zaanse Schans in a group of several historic industrial windmills.

De Held Jozua, Zaandam

De Held Jozua (English: The Hero Joshua) is a paltrok mill in Zaandam, North Holland, Netherlands which has been restored to working order. As all Dutch paltrok mills it is a windpowered sawmill. The mill is listed as a Rijksmonument, number 40094.

De Huisman, Zaandam

De Huisman is a small octagonal mill at the Zaanse Schans in the Zaanstad, and currently makes mustard.

'De Huisman' has been located on the Zaanse Schans since 1955, next to the warehouse 'De Haan'. The mill was probably built in 1786 on the Blauwe Pad ("Blue Path", now "Claude Monet street") in Zaandam. The mill has functioned as a snuff mill (milling tobacco), a mustard mill, and a saw mill.

At the Zaanse Schans, the mill was converted again into a mustard mill, though it mills the mustard seeds in a modern, not wind-operated way. There are advanced plans for the mill to be restored to a traditional mustard mill, and to give the public the opportunity to visit the mill. The mill is owned by the Vereniging De Zaansche Molen.

De Kat, Zaandam

De Kat is the only remaining working windmill in the world which makes paint. The mill is in the Zaanse Schans, Zaanstad.

The original mill 'De Kat' was built in 1646 as an oil mill. In 1782 the mill was destroyed by fire but the mill was rapidly rebuilt again. The mill was in use until 1904 and then was partially demolished.

In 1960 the eight-sided paint mill 'De Duinjager' was removed from its former position owing to urban development and placed on top of the old storehouse of 'De Kat'. The mill is again grinding raw materials such as chalk to make pigments for paints in the traditional way. The mill is owned by the Vereniging De Zaansche Molen.

De Os, Zaandam

De Os (Dutch pronunciation: [də ˈʔɔs]) is an oil windmill in the Zaanse Schans, Zaanstad.

Between the saw mills Het Jonge Schaap and Het Klaverblad is the hull of the oil mill De Os. The mill was built in 1663 and is one of the oldest industrial windmills in the Zaan. Until 1916 the mill was operating on wind power. In that year, hood, and wings were removed; the Os was converted a warehouse. The barns are now occupied by the mill. The mill body was restored in recent years.

De Zoeker

De Zoeker (The Seeker) is the name of an oil windmill, located in the Zaanse Schans, Zaanstad. Its purpose is to press seeds such as linseed and rapeseed into vegetable oil. It is the only oil mill still in operation, and is one of five remaining oil mills in the area.

The mill was built in 1672 in Zaandijk. The mill continued with few interruptions until 1968, when it was moved to the Schans.

The mill is owned by the Vereniging De Zaansche Molen.

Het Jonge Schaap, Zaandam

Het Jonge Schaap (The young sheep) is the name of a wooden wind powered sawmill, located in the Zaanse Schans, in the municipality of Zaanstad.

The original mill was built in 1680 and demolished in 1942. Between 2005 and 2007, a replica of the mill at the Zaanse Schans, between the mills "De Zoeker" and "De Bonte Hen". The construction of the replica was based on detailed drawings Anton Sipman had made before the original mill was demolished.

Het Klaverblad, Zaandam

Het Klaverblad (The Cloverleaf) is a small wooden saw mill, located in the Zaanse Schans, in the municipality of Zaanstad.

The mill was built by Ru Pos on the site of the previous KROMO warehouse. This private initiative was turned into foundation "Het Klaverblad" with the purpose of building, running and maintaining the sawmill. The sails of the mill first turned in 2005.

Krommenie-Assendelft railway station

Krommenie-Assendelft is a railway station in Krommenie and also for Assendelft in the Netherlands. The station lies on the Den Helder–Amsterdam railway, and was opened on 1 November 1869. The station had a goods yard, but no longer does. The station had remained unchanged since 1975 until 2006. The station began being moved in 2006, further west, closer to the Saendelft estate. This new station opened on 14 December 2008.

List of windmills in North Holland

A list of windmills in the Dutch province of North Holland.

MS Zaandam

MS Zaandam is a cruise ship owned and operated by Holland America Line, named for the city of Zaandam, Netherlands near Amsterdam. She was built by Italy’s Fincantieri in Venice, and delivered in 2000. Zaandam is part of the Rotterdam class (R class) and a sister ship to MS Volendam, MS Rotterdam, and MS Amsterdam.

Pieter Bleeker

Pieter Bleeker (July 10, 1819, Zaandam – January 24, 1878, The Hague) was a Dutch medical doctor, ichthyologist, and herpetologist. He was famous for the Atlas Ichthyologique des Indes Orientales Néêrlandaises, his monumental work on the fishes of East Asia published between 1862 and 1877.

Zaandam Kogerveld railway station

Zaandam Kogerveld is a railway station located in Zaandam, Netherlands. The station opened in 1989 on the Zaandam–Enkhuizen railway. The station is 2 km north of Zaandam railway station, and is in the Kogerveld estate. This station is a suburb station of Zaandam. Other estates nearby are Hoornseveld and 't Kalf.

Residents from Koog aan de Zaan also use this station for Purmerend and Hoorn.

Zaandam railway station

Zaandam is the main railway station of Zaandam, near Amsterdam, Netherlands. It is at the junction of the Den Helder–Amsterdam railway and the Zaandam–Enkhuizen railway.

Zaandijk Zaanse Schans railway station

Zaandijk Zaanse Schans railway station, until 2016 Koog-Zaandijk railway station, is a railway station in Koog aan de Zaan and Zaandijk, both neighbourhoods of the municipality of Zaandam, Netherlands. It is also the closest railway station to Zaanse Schans. The station opened on 1 November 1869 and is located on the Den Helder–Amsterdam railway between Zaandam and Uitgeest.

Zaanse Schans

Zaanse Schans (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈzaːnsə ˈsxɑns]) is a neighbourhood of Zaandam, near Zaandijk, Netherlands. It is best known for its collection of well-preserved historic windmills and houses. From 1961 to 1974 old buildings from all over the Zaanstreek were relocated using lowboy trailers to the area. The Zaans Museum, established in 1994 near the first Zaanse Schans windmill, is located south of the neighbourhood.


Zaanstad [ˈzaːnstɑt] (listen) is a Dutch municipality in the province of North Holland, situated northwest of Amsterdam. Its main city is Zaandam. It is part of the conurbation and metropolitan area of Amsterdam. It had a population of 154,442 in 2017.

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