Assendelft Netherlands

Assendelft is a town in the Netherlands, located in the Gemeente Zaanstad (Province of North Holland). It is located slightly northwest of Amsterdam, the country’s capital.

There is a one-hour time difference between the local time zone and the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). There are a total of 10 airports in the neighborhood of Assendelft, with 5 of them being major international airports. The closest international airport in the Netherlands is Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, which is located 11 miles (or 18 kilometers) to the south. There are a variety of other transportation options available besides airports.


There are a number of Unesco World Heritage Sites in the surrounding area. Droogmakerij de Beemster (Beemster Polder) is the nearest heritage site to the Netherlands, located around 9 miles (14 kilometers) north-east of the country. We identified 4 attractions near this site. If you’re looking for a somewhere to stay, we’ve created a list of hotels near Map Center that you can find lower down the page.

It is possible that you will want to visit some of the following locations, depending on your travel schedule: Heemskerk, Haarlem, Heeluo, Amsterdam, and Utrecht. To learn more about this location, scroll down and look through the available information.

Assendelft is the oldest settlement in the municipality of Zaanstad, and it is believed to be the oldest in the Netherlands. Farmers began to settle along the banks of the IJ and Wijkermeer, on the north and west sides of the Assendelft polder, in the 10th century AD. Today, the area is known as the Assendelft polder. At the end of the Middle Ages (15th and 16th centuries), this village became well-known throughout the surrounding countryside. The agricultural village is laid out in a ribbon shape, with many stolp farms dotted along the length of it. A stolpboerderij is a square farm with a pyramid-shaped roof that is located in the Netherlands.

Assendelft is undergoing a land reclamation project.
Long ditches were dug by the residents of Assendelft in order to drain the peat and make it suitable for agricultural use. They also excavated the Kaaik, a long ditch that was used to construct part of the buildings. When it grew too wet, the farmers moved to the other side of the Kaaik and made the land suitable for arable farming. When the ground grew too moist, they were forced to move further into the peat once more. They created a large ditch here, which became known as the Westzaner Twiske. This became known as the Nauernasche Vaart around 1633. The reclamation may still be evident in the structure of Assendelft.

Dairy, linen, and herring are among the products available.
An important focus of village life evolved in and around the church between 12th and 14th centuries. There were 1230 people living there in 1514. The majority of the population made their living from cattle breeding. Some were involved in linen weaving or herring fishing, while others were involved in other activities. Assendelft became well-known in the 16th century for producing enormous volumes of milk. Assendelft had become the primary hub of dairy production. The majority of the transportation was done by water. The ‘vaarboeren’ sailed to their cows in the field in order to milk and graze on their crops. The farmers transported their milk through the shallow ditches in a traditional Assendelver milk barge.

Assendelft continued to be an agricultural village even into the seventeenth century. A large number of Assendelvers did find employment in the sailcloth weaving sector. Cattle breeding, on the other hand, continued to be the primary source of income. The building of factories occurred primarily along the Zaan during the nineteenth century. At the conclusion of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries, small-scale workers’ housing was added to the ribbon, completing the picture. The majority of them are in the northern part of Krommenie. Because there was still ample area to build on along the ribbon, it remained a rural ribbon with numerous small-scale structures and a sense of spaciousness. Only in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries did new neighborhoods spring up along the ribbon of land. Assendelft’s structure has been altered as a result of this, although the ribbon’s characteristics have essentially remained unchanged.