Zaan-Region Mill Cycle Tour: The Zaanse Mill tour
This tour is about 54 km long and brings you by all the mills in the Zaan-region. You will also pass the Zaanse Schans (where you can pay a visit to the beautiful Zaans Museum, which has been awarded the European Honorable Mention. Here you can find almost everything about the origination of the Zaan-region.), the beautiful nature and recreation areas. In this tour there are links to more information about the mills along the tour. You can also find a complete view of all these mills. Have fun/ enjoy yourself.
This cycle-tour (± 53.7km long) brings you by the mills and the beautiful scenery in the Zaan-region.
Note To Abbreviations for Directions:
TR= Turn Right; TL=Turn Left; SA=Straight Ahead; P nr =Signpost/mushroom
Map of the Zaan-Region mill cycling tour (Click on the image for full view):
This tour will start from railway-station “Zaandam”. It is possible to rent a bike at stabling Fietspoint Pieters. When you leave the station, it is on your right hand. Reservation is recommended, because of the limited number of bikes. Contact: Provincialeweg 21, 1506MA, Zaandam, Tel: +31(0)75-6156593.
When you leave this stabling, you go TR towards the “provinciale weg”. Before the traffic lights you go TR (cycle-track). First road TR. You will underpass the railway.
When you leave the tunnel, you go TR to the “Houtveltweg” (sign bicycle in the direction of Westzanerdijk). Past the fire brigade, past the filling station, you go TR (Aris van Broekweg). This road changes into the “Westzanerdijk”. Along this road you see, at your right at the level of nr. 280, the building of 5 Zaanse houses in traditional Zaanse wood building by firm Somass. Just a bit further on lays the Jewish graveyard.
Keep following this road. Pass the smoked cheese factory of Schipper on your left hand. (The cheese-store is open on Thursday/Friday from 09:00 till 18:00 and Saturday from 09:00 till 15:00)
Then over the sluice, the first road TR to the “Zuideinde” (Westzaan).
You cycle through all of Westzaan (J.J.Allanstraat) where you can enjoy the beautiful houses and nature at your left and right. Nearly opposite to nr. 459/461 stands an old model ANWB signpost with the route to the mill model ANWB signpost with the route to the mill - Het Prinsenhof. (Footpath ca. 6 minutes walking).
When you leave the mill, go on in the old direction.
In the center of Westzaan you almost drive against the Law-house. At the left, in front of the Law-house, is hotel/restaurant “De Prins”. You pass the Law-house at your left hand (church-neighborhood).
You follow this road till the “provinciale weg” (N515). You cross this road and go directly TR to the cycle-track.
You cycle along the “provinciale weg” now. At the end, this road makes a curve to the right. You go SA on to the “Guispad” and there you see mill De Schoolmeester at your right hand.
When you have seen the mill, you go back to the “provincialeweg” and go TL on to the “Guisweg”. Follow this road. At your right hand you see mill De Jonge Dirk. In the distance you can see mill Het Prinsenhof (The Prince's Court). At the end of this road you go TL.
This is still the “Guisweg”. When you underpass the speedway, you see the Police Headquarters at the left side. At the entrance you go SA to the Traffic Lights and there you go TR onto the “Dr. J. Mulderstraat” (parallel to the “Guisweg”).
Follow this road , cross the railway, turn TL and directly turn TR again at the traffic lights where you cross the “Provincialeweg” (N203).
At the other side you go slightly to the left into the “Parklaan”. Follow the signs “Zaanse Schans”.
At the last T-Bifurcation TR.
When you cross the road at the crossing, you can see Mill De Bleeke Dood (The pale death) already at your left. Here you go SA onto the “Hoogstraat”.
Follow this road till the second street. Here you go TR (onto the “Stationsstraat”). Close to the end of this street you go TL (see the sign Molen Museum). Then the second street TL (“museumlaan”). A little bit further on you see the mill Museum, which you can pay a visit.
Openings hours of the museum:
From June 1st till the end of September the museum is open on Tuesday till Friday between 11:00 and 17:00, on Saturday between 14:00 and 17:00 and on Sunday between 13:00 and 17:00.
From October 1st till the end of May the museum is open on Tuesday till Friday between 10:00-12:00 and between 13:00-17:00, on Saturday between 14:00 and 17:00 and on Sunday between 13:00 and 17:00.
When you have visited the mill museum, you go TL and follow the “Museumlaan” which continues in the “Pinkstraat”. You will probably see mill “Het Pink” already.
Ride the “Pinkstraat” till the end, underpass the speedway and go TL into the “Verzetsstraat”. At the T-Bifurcation you go TL onto the “Lagedijk”/”Raadhuisstraat”. Keep following this street until you see Mill De Bleeke Dood (The pale death) again.
When you have passed this mill, you cross the crossing and directly TR over the Bridge. Don’t forget to have a look, left behind you halfway, at the beautiful Zaanse houses (“Gortershoek”).
At your right side you see Mill “De Ooievaar” (The Stork) (you can only visit this mill at the Zaanse Mill Day, last Saturday of September).
Once you are over the bridge you take the first road TL (“Kalveringsdijk”). You are now at the Zaanse Schans.
Keep following this road and you will pass the following mills:
Mustard mill De Huisman (The Homemaker), Mill “De Gekroonde Poelenburg” (The Crowned Poelenburg), Mill “de Kat” (The Cat), Mill De Zoeker (The Seeker), “De Os” and Mill De Bonte Hen (The Colorful Hen), (Mill “de Kat” (The Cat) and Mill De Zoeker (The Seeker) you can visit).
At the end of this road you go TL (Enge Wormer)
When you have arrived in the 30 KM-zone (Wormerland) you go TL over the little bridge and straight TR onto the cycle track.
At the end of this cycle track, it will change into the “Rigastraat” and then the “Zaandammerstraat”.
At the end of this road you go TR into the “Dorpsstraat” (major road!).
Follow this road. Halfway at the right side (nr. 350) you see the former town hall of Wormer. In this town hall, dating from the 17th century, they used to deal in goods and the village coat of arms, with the picture of a spoonbill, still hangs above the door.
A couple of hundred meters further you pass the “Herenlaan”. A bit further you see right across nr. 15 Mill De Koker (The Chute) at your right hand standing in the meadow. You can walk towards the mill to take a closer look.
After visiting the mill you continue the road in the old direction (“Oosteinde”) towards “Jisp”.
This road makes a slight turn to the left and is called “Weiver” then.
At nr. 33 you can rent a little boat to check out the “Jisperveld”.
Canoe- and rowboat rental v/h Kwadijk. Tel.nr. 075-6421118.
At the end you go TR. Keep following this typical rustic road (after ± 200 m. you see the old town hall of Jisp).
After a few kilometers there is a turn to the left towards “Spijkerboor”. Go TL here (bicycle sign).
Hold on to the right on this road (cycle track).
Along this cycle track you see a War-monument for 3 crashed bombers from World War II.
A Halifax HR786- May 13th 1943
Lancaster ED554- April 9th 1943
Liberator B-24- March 6th 1944.
At the end of this cycle track you go TR. You cycle along the “Noord Hollandskanaal” now.
Follow this road and you will see the “Nekkermolen” after a few kilometers. Follow the old direction and go TR at the first possibility.
Follow this road till you reach the bridge, cross the bridge TL and go directly TR again (direction Zaanstad).
You leave “Neck” now and enter “Wormerveer”. Keep following this road.
This is the “Noorderweg”. You can follow this road till the end. The road makes a slight curve to the right and then to the left, along the water.
At the bridge you cross the bridge TR and go directly TL again. Follow this road till the first curve and go TL here, onto the cycle track.
Along this road you see 2 beautiful Zaanse houses. A bit further on there is the American windmill 'Roosmolen De Hercules' (Rose mill The Hercules).
At the end of this cycle track you cross the bridge TL and go directly TR again over the crossing. Then you go SA.
This road makes a curve to the right, here you go TL.
You will pass the Heerenhuis where you can eat or drink something.
Keep following this road. When you underpass the speedway you go the first road TR and go TR once more time onto the cycle track, direction Het Twiske (hold on to these signs).
At you left hand you see nature-area Oostzanerveld.
The cycle track goes up. When you’re almost on top of the bridge you see an info sign at the left about the Oostzanerveld.
Below again you go TL with a curve of 180 º.
You follow this cycle track till the cultivation of Oostzaan. You go SA over a little bridge and cross the street (cycle track) in the direction of Het Twiske/Landsmeer (at your right you see a small manege).
At the crossing (at your left you see an info-sign about “Het Twiske”) you go TR towards the information center (P Nr 25209)
The road makes a curve to the left a bit further on. In this curve you go TR (P Nr 25208).
At the end of this road, at the T-Bifurcation, you go TL (P Nr 25207).
At the end of the cycle track you cross the street TR (P Nr 25206) and follow the “Blauwe Poort”.
Pay Attention!!! On this cycle track there might be dogs running free !!!
At P Nr 25205 you follow “Landsmeer”, at P Nr 25204 you keep following “Landsmeer. You can see The “Twiske Molen” already. You can’t pay this mill a visit. And it is already the last mill.
After passing the mill you go SA towards “Den Ilp”. At the end of the cycle track you cross the road and go directly TL onto the cycle/scooter track.
Follow this cycle track. In the curve to the right you go TL and cross the road (exit of “Het Twiske”).
You follow the cycle/scooter track, cross the bridge and at the traffic lights you go TR.
!! Pay Attention.
Dangerous road, keep cycling behind each other eventually!!!!!!
You cycle on to the Italian “Ristorante Italiano” (in the summer also ice available) and before this restaurant you go TL into the “Kerkstraat.
At the end of this street you go TR (street “Poelenburg”).
After a couple of hundred meters you see at your right the Sultan Ahmet Mosque (the biggest mosque of Western Europe), which you can pay a visit. For a guided tour it is best to call first (075-6354775).
After visiting the mosque you go TR onto the street “Poelenburg”.
After a couple of hundred meters you see an ANWB-sign with Center on it. This is where you go TL and follow the direction to the center of Zaandam (“Twiskeweg”).
At the end of this road you go TR (at the left there is a nice children’s-farm).
At the first possibility you go TL and cross the street towards the Rabobank.
You go SA over the parallel road, pass a crossing and go directly TL onto the cycle track.
Cross the bridge and below you go TR.
At the traffic lights you go TL into de “Peperstraat”.
Follow this street, go over the bridge and you are in the center of Zaandam.
The road makes a curve to the right and then you take the first street TL. (Vinkenstraat)
At the end of this street you go TL to the cycle track.
At the traffic lights you go TR and follow the cycle track.
At the next traffic lights you see the NS railway-station again and you are at the end of this tour.
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