Zaanstad is a Dutch municipality in the province of North Holland on the crossroads of the capital Amsterdam. Its main city is Zaandam. It is part of the conurbation and metropolitan area of Amsterdam. In the city centre of Zaandam you can combine fun shopping with culture. Zaanstad is a heaven for history lovers. The region is infused with iconic Dutch sights (windmills, fishing boats) and interesting museums – not only great for those with an interest in history, but also for residents looking to escape the bustle of large cities.