Experience the Amsterdam / Zaan region like a local


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Experience the Amsterdam / Zaan region like a local, leave as a friend

Private tours
Experience Local offers you unforgettable experiences with an ANVR-certified local guide. Let yourself be surprised by a private guided tour, either on foot or by boat in the Zaan region, just 15 minutes north of Amsterdam.

  • For partners families, friends and colleagues, 2-10 people, always customized to your wishes.
  • For larger private or business groups, 11-20 people. Tailor-made tours and programmes with 2 local guides, designed on request.

Discover the famous highlights and (lesser) well known cultural and industrial heritage gems. I love sharing the special local stories and will let you enjoy the Zaan area’s hospitality and local products.

The Amsterdam / Zaan region
Bordering Amsterdam, alongside the river Zaan, stretches an independent-minded area of world class. Discover the Zaan area like a local. The mills on the Zaanse Schans and the Inntel hotel in Zaandam have acquired world fame.

The Zaan region became one of Western Europe’s first industrial areas in the 17th century with its thriving mill industry. In the 19th century these mills were for the most part replaced with steam engines. Due to the food and wood industry, the Zaan made a good name for itself.

Fortunately, even today one can still find wonderful industrial heritage, the typical Zaan architectural style and a lively entrepreneurial spirit. The Zaan region’s ‘cellar’, as it used to be called for its many food factories, now provides us with regional products as e.g. chocolate, biscuits, mayonnaise, mustard, sambal, the typical Zaan ‘duivekater’ and beer.

Inspiring customized events

A special occasion, either private or business-wise? Experience Local | heritage, food & events would like to organize a surprising experience or event, tailor-made for your group or company up to 50 persons. Preferably, on an inspiring heritage location, village or city in The Netherlands, adding value to your tour or event by a unique story and personal hospitality. For more information please see Events.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me for a free-of-charge first intake. I would like to explore the options with you.


From July 1, Experience Local | heritage, food & events officially started again with private tours & live and hybrid events. I am very pleased to meet you again!

Due to the Covid19 virus I will start with private guided tours up to 5 people. To my first guests I offer a special opening discount of 10% on the total amount of one booking valid until the 1st of September 2020.

I will also start again organizing tailor-made business live and hybrid events to a maximum of 100 people. This within the 1.5 meter society in the suitable locations. Of course, I strictly follow the  guidelines of the Dutch authority for health and environment (RIVM)  necessary to prevent the spread of the Covid19 virus.

Are you not yet convinced whether you can organise your event this year safely? Please contact me. I would love to invite you for a cup of coffee on a inspiring location in the Amsterdam / Zaan region to explore the options with you.