As you exit Zaandam railway station, you will immediately see a modern interpretation of the traditional green painted Zaanstad style houses forming part of a brand new shopping esplanade. The facades range from stately notary dwellings to workers cottages, but the style of architecture has received mix opinions from locals.
The centrepiece along the shopping esplanade is the Inntel Hotel Zaandam. The hotel resembles a pile of traditional Dutch houses, stuck together and painted in bright shades of green (with the exception of one which is painted blue). The architect behind this mind boggling fairy tale of a building is Wilfred van Winden.
How to get there?
From Amsterdam Centraal, catch one of the frequent ‘RE’ or ‘IC’ trains to Zaandam. The journey time is 12 minutes. Use the Dutch railways website or the DB online timetable to look for connections.
Inntel Hotel Zaandam
Zaandam railway station
Zaandam shopping esplanade, Zaandam railway station and the Inntel Hotel Zaandam