Zaanse Schans
Zaanse Schans
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Be transported back to the 18th and 19th-century Dutch countryside in this residential neighborhood. Zaanse Schans is full of old wooden windmills and houses, some of which were relocated here for preservation. It was actually the first industrial zone in the Netherlands, and the windmills were used for all sorts of things, like grinding spices and producing paint. Today, it's a popular tourist destination where you can explore quaint museums and traditional shops or take a guided tour of the district on foot, boat, or bicycle. Zaanse Schans is a popular day trip option from Amsterdam. – Tripadvisor
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  • yiannava
    Nicosia, Cyprus223 contributions
    A visit to the Netherlands is not complete without visiting the windmills
    Can visit Zaanse either by bus or by taking one of the many tours that start from Amsterdam. The visit is definitely a must. The place is open and gets very windy so get dressed accordingly. It is really worth paying the price to enter the 2 working windmills , the one wich crushes minerals to get dye pigments and the big one that is a saw mill. Enjoy the tour in the Cheese factory of Henry Wilig and also watch how they make the wooden clogs . I purchased one of the unfinished products and keep it as a hanging pot.
    Visited November 2022
    Written 5 February 2023
  • Liztravelsandeats
    Haarlem, The Netherlands724 contributions
    A great day trip out of Amsterdam
    This is always a nice day trip to do with people visiting. There are lots of little shops to enter and explore. Free cheese tasting in one and one also has a small clog exposition ending with someone showing you how clogs are made. All of this is free. You only pay parking (if coming by car) and of course, to use the bathrooms.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 12 February 2023
  • SMB
    Andover, United Kingdom47 contributions
    Lovely excursion.
    This was a nice little excursion on the outskirts of Amsterdam centre. Easy train ride from Amsterdam Central station to Zaanse Schans and then a 10 minute walk. The area is lovely with the windmills and the little shops. The area is a bit split by the factories surrounding it but luckily they are on the other side of the bridge. The shops are nice with cheese tasting available and there are free areas where you can see how they made the clogs . There are plenty of photo opportunities too. We were there for about 2 hours which was more than enough.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 February 2023
  • mariasL5860SJ
    25 contributions
    A must do
    Loved this day out, the entire area is run by volunteers and their passion for this era of Dutch history shows. Nice to also be out of the city for some wide open spaces and fresh air. Lots to do the spice shop, cheese tasting, 2 museums, 2 working windmills and more A must do.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 15 February 2023
  • Honeylocket
    Wales, United Kingdom126 contributions
    Lovely visit
    We visited as part of a Cameleon tour. A lovely living museum with 6 gorgeous windmills. Pay the extra €5 to go into a windmill if you can squeeze the budget, its worth it to climb up to the 1st floor and see the workings of the windmill.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 February 2023
  • Eric
    Singapore, Singapore110 contributions
    Average Experience
    A place for tourists - plenty of tour groups. Some paths/bridges are narrow and one has to cross with care. Clog making demo is free and so are some visit points except for a few ticketed places. Car parking is expensive at €13 per entry. Open place and can be difficult to walk around in wet weather.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 April 2023
  • AussieFamilyAway
    116 contributions
    Immerse yourself for the day
    Brilliant place to visit and easy access on the train from Amsterdam. Pay the extra and buy the pass for access to the museums. Each one is not worth it alone, but we did almost everything on the pass and the cumulative effect was an amazing day. We learned about the history, saw a working saw mill (and I mean stepping over ropes inside the mill!), had lots of lovely interactions with the locals and really felt we understood and enjoyed it in a way we would not have if we just stopped through the gift shops.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 April 2023
  • Stephen B
    Boston, Massachusetts37 contributions
    Perfect Family Experience.
    It was a perfect day trip. We were able to reach this location from the bus service from Amsterdam central. It was very easy to get there and well worth the experience. It is touristy but should be seen it gives you an idea of Dutch culture.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 8 April 2023
  • Conrad N
    Whitstable, United Kingdom748 contributions
    Scenic windmills and old houses
    A collection of old windmills and houses have been relocated here to provide an interesting and very scenic experience. You can visit the inside of a working mill. Various other non-windmill themes includes cheese and chocolate shops. Rather commercial (every other building is a shop), but easily ignored if you are not interested.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 April 2023
  • TAMAN1951
    Liberty Lake, Washington6,465 contributions
    Great visit
    A walk back in time to visit functioning windmills and ability to experience the contributions made by the different styles. Pimps, grinding stones and pigments as well as s working saw mill. Easy pace and friendly exhibitors.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 April 2023
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Becky B
Hereford, UK87 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Couples
Even though the weather was freezing, there were lots of warm shops, museums & cafes to nip into.
We saw clogs being made, cheese making & inside a windmill.
Written 25 November 2023
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Denise C
5 contributions
Jul. 2023 • Couples
We’ve been back multiple times and the place never lets us down. The museum is worth visiting and there is something to do in every season.
Written 22 November 2023
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Yavuz K
Ankara, Türkiye174 contributions
Jun. 2023 • Family
Zaanse Schans is a neighborhood of Zaandam near Zaandijk, Netherlands.
This place will take you back to the 18th century.
Zaanse Schans is full of old wooden windmills and houses; Some of them were moved here for protection.
The Dutch call their traditional wooden shoes klompen. Farmers wore them to move comfortably between crops, as most of the fields were at or near sea level and therefore frequently dealt with floods. It is now sold as souvenirs.
Written 17 November 2023
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paul19602013
Brighton, UK918 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Couples
Lovely place to visit as part of a day tour or on your own.Plenty to do including visiting the museum, the working windmills ,and a demonstration of making clogs. Lovely surroundings where you can walk around and plenty of shops to explore.
Written 16 November 2023
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Nadina P
New York City, NY338 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Couples
I found the town itself a little underwhelming; I may not have been in the main part, as I saw a ferry but didn't have time to explore that part. I was on the windmill side, which is more incredible if you go knowing that most of what you see around you was under water before Dutch ingenuity made the land inhabitable. It was also really cool to see the windmills--we went inside the saw mill, but the others have different functions. We also went to the wooden shoe factory and walked around the area behind it, which had more of a town feel. That was very, very small, though.
Written 14 November 2023
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Sharon M
33 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Family
Buy the pass that gets you into the main museum, the biscuit and cholate factory, two windmills, the copper place, the weavers cottage and the time museum. Take your time, wrap up warm as it is spread out and when the wind blows you know it. Ask lots of questions the guides are very knowledgeable . Plenty of places to eat and shop . A nice day out. Easy to get to by train if you are mobile. Use your barcode on your ticket to use the toilet for free in the main museum .
Written 13 November 2023
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Brian P
1 contribution
Nov. 2023 • Solo
While visiting Amsterdam we wanted to see working windmills. We took the Sprinter Train from Amsterdam Central up to Zaanse Schanes and walked to the area - took about 35 minutes total. It's about 18 minute walk from the station to the area. The village area has a museum, shops and windmills. Take your time, buy the pass from the Musemum site that lets you in the museum and 2 windmills. Well worth the time and experience. The only bad thing is the weather is so brutal this time of year - one minute raining sideways and windy the next sunny so dress accordingly.
Written 7 November 2023
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Nicky C
Risca, UK262 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Couples
This is a lovely way to while away a few hours, there is a map as you enter with information about the site and a qr code to scan for detailed information as you walk around.
We got the train from Zaandam, two stops away, follow the crowd as all are headed to the windmills.
Lots of little shops selling chocolate, peanut butter, and various other souvenirs.
Written 29 October 2023
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Jack W
12 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Family
Well worth the visit to explore some real Dutch heritage. We took the train ourselves from Amsterdam after buying the Zaans pass rather than booking a tour. It worked out cheaper and we weren’t time restricted. The location was great and it was really enjoyable to go back in time away from the city.
Written 27 October 2023
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Kate V
Spokane, WA55 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Solo
Riding a bike from Zaandam to Zaanse Schaans was great! There’s a place to lock your bike and walk around the little village that does cheese making, wooden clog crafting and up-close looks at windmills.
Written 26 October 2023
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