The vast peat meadows of the Zaan region

Zaanstad, North Holland, The Netherlands

Hiking route: 524070

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Provided by: Groots Genieten

15.1 km
03:46 h
856 kcal
3 m


The Zaan region forms a beautiful, varied backdrop for a walking tour. This area is the oldest industrial area in Europe and used to be home to hundreds of windmills. Some of those mills are still there and can be visited. This wetland area consists of dikes, ditches and ribbon development.

Windmill De Held Joshua
The walk starts in the village of Koog aan de Zaan, which is sandwiched between Zaandam and Zaandijk. From the station you walk towards the river Zaan, which you follow in a southerly direction. This way you will automatically reach Zaandam, where you can admire the windmill De Held Joshua on the west side of the railway line. As a national monument, this beam sawmill can be visited by appointment. At the end of the Westerwindpad, a look at the neighborhood farm De Fronik is worthwhile. You then walk over the old Noorder IJ and Zeedijk to Nauerna and further along the water of the canal to Westzaan. Along the way you will see typical peat meadow landscapes with grazing cows and meadow birds.

Paper mill the Schoolmaster
Once upon a time, the best paper came from the Zaan region. De Schoolmeester is the only mill in the world where wind-made paper is still produced today. The first Zaanse paper mills only made blue and gray paper. White paper was only added later. No white paper is made at the Schoolmeester either. Take a look at this mill if you want to see how this paper is made.
Bicycle cafe Windmill

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Below you will find various suggestions for breaks that you can visit during your route. These are divided into different categories, making it easy for you to choose.


# Description Distance
Held Jozua (De Held Jozua, 1507JZ, Zaanstad, North Holland, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
30 (Westzanerdijk, 1507AD, Zaanstad, North Holland, The Netherlands) 2.03 km
24 (1551PB, Zaanstad, North Holland, The Netherlands) 3.72 km
49 (1551PG, Zaanstad, North Holland, The Netherlands) 6.21 km
18 (1551AS, Zaanstad, North Holland, The Netherlands) 9.17 km
45 (1551AS, Zaanstad, North Holland, The Netherlands) 9.25 km

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