Zaandam / Netherlands
Zaandam has been part of the municipality of Zaanstad since 1974, located in the Dutch province of North Holland. The city is only 6 km from the capital Amsterdam, on the banks of the river Zaan. About 145,000 people live today in the municipality of Zaanstad.
In Zaandam, the oldest surviving building in the whole of the Netherlands, the Czar Peter House is located. Built in 1632, it was inhabited during the year 1697 for a time by the Russian Tsar Peter the Great. A blacksmith named Kist, who owned the house at the time, helped the tsar at this time during his training as a shipbuilder. Today, the house provides, inter alia, a death mask of Peters. Interesting is also a visit to the local open-air museum, which provides in a very clear way information about the village life in the 19th century as well as the use of wind power .