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Zaandam is a city situated right above Amsterdam, in the province of North Holland.

In the Dutch Golden Age served as a large milling centre, and today is well known for its Zaanse Schans neighbourhood, the place where you can see various types of windmills and make acquaintance with a typical Dutch village. Apart from this neighbourhood, Zaandam is not a tourist attraction. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its own charm: it has the charm of a small residential city, with streets not conquered by crowds, a few cosy shops and elements of cool architecture here and there. The city is crossed by the Zaan river, like a huge canal passing through, and you can still see cute green houses typical for this area even in the city centre. 

A little canal in Zaandam

I spent a lovely day wandering around the city, imagining how would it be to live there, because I am considering moving outside Amsterdam and I’m checking a few places. This  one got a thumbs up, but we will see what the future brings 🙂

1 Comment

  1. I’ve been there a few times but not for a while. I remember it being a really great place though.


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