Self-guided Sightseeing Tour #1 in Koog aan de Zaan, Netherlands


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Tour Facts

Number of sights 12 sights
Distance 4.3 km
Ascend 31 m
Descend 35 m

Experience Koog aan de Zaan in Netherlands in a whole new way with our self-guided sightseeing tour. This site not only offers you practical information and insider tips, but also a rich variety of activities and sights you shouldn't miss. Whether you love art and culture, want to explore historical sites or simply want to experience the vibrant atmosphere of a lively city - you'll find everything you need for your personal adventure here.

Individual Sights in Koog aan de Zaan

Sight 1: Mill Museum

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The Windmill Museum in Zaanstad is a museum about windmills and the windmill history of the Zaan region. It is owned by Vereniging De Zaansche Molen and located at the Zaanse Schans.

Wikipedia: Molenmuseum (Koog aan de Zaan) (NL), Website

202 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 2: Koogerpark

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The Koogerpark, originally the "Kooger Wandelpark", is a small park in Koog aan de Zaan in the municipality of Zaanstad in the Dutch province of North Holland. The park was laid out in 1926 on the site of the paper mill "De Jonge Zwaan", which was demolished in 1855. The House with the Iron Bridge on the site was moved to a spot west of the park where it has been home to the Mill Museum since 1928.

Wikipedia: Koogerpark (NL), Website

486 meters / 6 minutes

Sight 3: De Bleeke Dood

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De Bleeke Dood, also known as De Dood, is one of the two remaining flour mills in the Zaan region. The windmill is located in Zaandijk diagonally opposite the Zaanse Schans, on the corner of Guisweg and Lagedijk. This windmill on the Zaan is the oldest surviving wooden windmill in the Netherlands.

Wikipedia: De Bleeke Dood (NL)

537 meters / 6 minutes

Sight 4: De Ooijevaar

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The Ooijevaar is an oil mill located directly south of the Zaanse Schans in the municipality of Zaanstad.

Wikipedia: De Ooijevaar (NL)

249 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 5: Museum Zaanse Tijd

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Museum Zaanse Tijd is a clock museum located in the Zaanse Schans in the municipality of Zaanstad in North Holland. The collection consists of Zaan and Dutch clocks, timepieces and watches. Special attention is paid to the Zaan clock from the Golden Age, which has been popular in several periods since then. The museum is housed in a 17th-century monumental sailcloth weaver's house, brought over from Assendelft, furnished with period rooms.

Wikipedia: Museum Zaanse Tijd (NL), Website

313 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 6: De Windhond

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De Windhond is a small windmill at the Zaanse Schans in the municipality of Zaanstad. The windmill was built in 1890 by Jan Zwart as a birthday present for his 7-year-old son Tijmen. These kinds of windmills were often built for the youth, who could use them to trade in bricks. The Windhond is the last original brick mill in the Zaan region.

Wikipedia: De Windhond (Zaandam) (NL), Website

326 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 7: Mosterdmolen De Huisman

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Mosterdmolen De Huisman

De Huisman is a small octagonal mill at the Zaanse Schans in the Zaanstad, and currently makes mustard.

Wikipedia: De Huisman, Zaandam (EN), Website

251 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 8: De Gekroonde Poelenburg

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De Hadel is a windmill in the Dutch municipality of Zaanstad. This meadow mill grinds the water in the ditches in order to refresh it. So he doesn't really drain a polder anymore.

Wikipedia: De Hadel (NL)

86 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 9: Zaanse Schans

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Zaanse Schans is a neighbourhood of Zaandam, near Zaandijk, Netherlands. It is best known for its collection of windmills and wooden houses that were relocated here from the wider region north of Amsterdam for preservation. From 1961 to 1974, old buildings from all over the region known as the Zaanstreek were relocated using lowboy trailers to the Zaanse Schans. Two of the windmills in the Zaanse Schans are preserved in their original site where they were first constructed, and therefore do not constitute part of the relocated structures. The Zaans Museum, established in 1994, near the first Zaanse Schans windmill, is located south of the neighbourhood. This architectural reserve for Zaanse timber construction is a protected village scene because of its architectural-historical and landscape value. It developed into an international tourist destination with several million visitors every year: in 2016, there were 1.8 million, in 2017 – 2.2 million.

Wikipedia: Zaanse Schans (EN), Website

169 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 10: De Kat

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De Kat is the only remaining working windmill in the world which makes paint. The mill is in the Zaanse Schans, Zaanstad.

Wikipedia: De Kat, Zaandam (EN)

125 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 11: De Zoeker

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De Zoeker is the name of an oil windmill, located in the Zaanse Schans, Zaanstad. Its purpose is to press seeds such as linseed and rapeseed into vegetable oil. It is the only oil mill still in operation, and is one of five remaining oil mills in the area.

Wikipedia: De Zoeker (EN)

1516 meters / 18 minutes

Sight 12: Het Zwarte Kalf

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Het Zwarte Kalf is a meadow mill in the Kalverpolder, behind the Kat windmill near the Zaanse Schans in the Dutch municipality of Zaanstad. It replaced an earlier meadow mill, called "Het Kalf".

Wikipedia: Het Zwarte Kalf (NL)


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