Zaanstreek is a characteristic Dutch region on the crossroads of the capital Amsterdam and the typical Dutch countryside of grasslands, water-filled ditches and windmills. The Zaanstreek offers a unique mix of nature, city, heritage and innovation along the banks of the river Zaan, just above Amsterdam. Here you can imagine yourself back in the old Holland and marvel at world-famous architecture. You can shop in the city centre and sail, cycle or walk through a unique peat meadow area. You can party at hip festivals and follow in the footsteps of the painter Monet. The perfect place to experience the old Holland as seen in the famous Golden Age paintings.