If you have one hour in Zaandam, what would you do? Well, what I did was to admire the world famous Inntelhotels Hotel in Zaandam, go a little shopping and having a snack at Cafe. So, that’s the short form of my little over one Hour in Zaandam. But first, something about Zaandam and why I went there during my anyway already quick trip to Amsterdam.
Zaandam is a City with a population of around 72,000 inhabitants and it’s located very close to Amsterdam. I took a train from Amsterdam Centraal and after 13 minutes and costs of 5,20 euro for both ways (2,60 euro single way) I arrived at Zaandam Train Station. Already from the Train, I could spot a first glimpse of the sensational architecture of the Inntelhotels Amsterdam Zaandam. This single House is visually built out of almost seventy individual little houses, according to the Hotels Website. They are all painted in four shades of the traditional Zaan region green, except one blue one. The blue house on the corner is a reference to a painting by Claude Monet, who lived in Zaandam for half a year in 1871 in which he created 25 paintings. One of the more famous ones is “A windmill at Zaandam“.
Besides the actually really cute architecture of the train station area, I visited the PRIMARK Store to do some last-minute Travel Shopping. For my upcoming 10 Day Trip to Italy (#ItalRail15) I needed a Bikini and found a pink short at the men’s department as well. Less than 10 pieces always mean a successful shopping for me! 😉
A super random fact is that the first European McDonald’s opened in Zaandam back in 1971. But not with a desire to eat at McD I went to have something more delicious at a Café – an apple pie and a koffiee before I went back to the Train Station to take the next train back to Amsterdam Centraal. For my following adventures of Amsterdam check out my 24 hours in Amsterdam Article.