The Vrij Glas foundation is located in industrial warehouses on the north bank of the North Sea Canal in the Amsterdam harbor area.

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Visit (by appointment only)
Hemkade 18
1506 PR Zaandam

Durk Valkema, president
+31 (0)6 53 21 32 77 (direct line)
E-mail: durk[at]

Please note that all visitors are advised to bring a mobile phone. You notify us, we open gates and doors.

Route to the studio in Zaandam, Amsterdam harbor area
Vrij Glas by car from Amsterdam via Highway A10: Follow direction Zaanstad. Take Exit Zaandam-Zuid. Turn right on to N516 / Kolkweg towards Kolkweg-Noord / Zaandam-Zuid. After 3 kilometers turn left (after the bridge) on to the N203. After 600 meters (at Hempont / the ferry stop) turn left on Hemkade. After 150 meters, enter via the second gate to Hembrug and call to say you have arrived.

Vrij Glas from the north via Highway A8: Follow direction Amsterdam. Take Exit Zaandam-Zuid. Follow the route as described above.

Vrij Glas by bicycle and an alternative route for cars: A ferry across the North Sea Canal connects the Nieuwe Hemweg / Hempontplein in the Amsterdam harbor area with Hembrug / Hemkade in Zaandam and is very close to the entrance of Hembrug, where we are. The ferry runs every hour 24/7 from Amsterdam at 00, 20, 40 past the hour, and from Zaandam at 10, 30, 50 past the hour. Pedestrians and bicyclists ride free of charge. Cars pay just over a euro. This is by far the best route!

From Zaandam Train Station it is a 3 km walk to Vrij Glas. Bus 56 runs once an hour from the station and stops at Hemkade. It is possible to rent a bicycle at the station 6.50/day (50 euro deposit). A taxi from Zaandam Train Station costs approx. 15 euro.

Due to all the hot glass and sharp glass shards in the studio, is it not a good idea to bring children or dogs. The Vrij Glas foundation cannot, at any time or for any reason, be held liable.
GVB website for public transport in Amsterdam