Amsterdam: canal district and country side

Amsterdam and North Holland

We start in our capital, Amsterdam and get inspired by a canal cruise. The Amsterdam Canal District has been added the UNESCO World Heritage List! The 17th-centrury Canal District is an international icon of urban planning and architecture.

The Water Colors route (during Amsterdam Light Festival) explores the festival in typical Amsterdam fashion – from the water. For the 2017/18 event, 900 submissions were submitted by designers, architects and artists from 45 different countries. These submissions were whittled down to 35 artworks which make up the festival’s installations. We can arrange regular cruises, dinner cruises or private events during this festival (end November till mid January).

In the afternoon we will visit Zaanse Schans, With its traditional green painted houses, warehouses and windmills the Zaanse Schans gives the feeling of having stepped back into the seventeenth or eighteenth centuries. However this is not an open air museum but a colorful living and working neighborhood. Most of the buildings were re-located from other areas in the Zaanstreek in the 1960’s and 70’s as owing to urban development they were under threat of obliteration.

The Zaanse Schans offers a magnificent view of the surrounding landscape as it was before and after the industrial revolution. This panorama makes the Zaanse Schans a vital link in the European Route of Industrial Heritage.

The Zaanse Schans is a residential area in which the 18th and 19th centuries are brought to life. Stroll past the bakery museum and enjoy the smell of fresh bread, or take a look at the warehouse where clogs are made. You should be sure not to miss the cheese factory, pewter foundry and the various windmills. The Zaanse Schans is a unique part of the Netherlands, full of wooden houses, mills, barns and workshops. Make a cycling or sailing trip, browse the shops or treat yourself at the pancake restaurant. A day out at the Zaanse Schans in North Holland is fun and educational.