Located in close proximity of Amsterdam, Zaanstad comprises seven villages and a town called Zaandam spread in acres of verdant countryside. The area has become a popular tourist destination not only for its peat-meadows but also for its collection of villages that look exactly the way they were like hundred years ago. Tourists find it all the more convenient to visit the place since there are several cheap flights to Zaanstad via Amsterdam which is located in close proximity to the Schiphol Airport from where they can take a train or travel by road.
Zaanstad’s charm lies not only in its pastoral beauty but also in the magnificence of its urban centre and industrial monuments – there’s plenty to keep a visitor occupied for a few days at Zaanstad. The De Zaanstreek region gets its name from the ancient Zaan river that flows along an 11km stretch through a landscape that is so typically Dutch. You can still visit many of the ancient factories and mills that work to this day, some splendid examples being Wormerwand, the Adelaar, the Zaanse Schans and the historic Koekfabriek Verkade where you can enjoy a meal within the factory complex at the De Koekfabriek restaurant.
Another historically and culturally-rich area is the De Zaanse Schans where you can find several old mills that still function and a number of houses and monuments styled in the inimitable Zaanse Style. A visit to the Panorama of Mills, the Zaans Museum as well as numerous other small museums will give you a great insight into the cultural history of the nation. Make it a point to enjoy the ferry ride across the De Zaanfrom Molen de Bonte Hen and then relish a stroll along the Lagedijk viewing the magnificent landmarks en route, stopping now and again to savour the delicacies at the various restaurants that dot the area.
If you have booked cheap flights to Zaanstad, be sure not to miss the oldest wooden building of the place that once lodged Tsar Peter in the 17th century. The region is extremely tourist-friendly with plenty of hotels in Zaanstad ready to welcome you.