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Zaanse Schans

Schansend 1, 1509 AW Zaandam, The Netherlands
31 75 616 82 18
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As featured in Amsterdam for young kids
Ranked #1 of 12 Attractions in Zaandam
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Traveler Description: ZAANSE SCHANS WINDMILLS Just outside of Amsterdam is the true Dutch rural experience the Zaanse Schans, which can be found along a stretch of the... more »
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Great place to visit! 20 minutes train from Amsterdam's centraal and here you are. You can't really miss this views and landscapes! You can also visit the windmills that are interesting! I enjoyed the sun and the sense of freshness putting my feet in the water ;) too relaxing! Don't even miss it!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

a tour not to be missed when u are ina msterdam. to be combined with Volendam and Marken... a real Joy! Ghada N.

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Beirut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I was lucky at the hotel Piet Hein, they have the brochure of "Tours & Tickets" and they helped me in reserving my tours even at the last minute. "Tours & Tickets" have great tours, which I used for 3 days, they even have tickets for museums, canal tours, and other attractions.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Had a long layover in Amsterdam. Took the train from the airport to Amsterdam Central, then took the train to Koog-Zaandijk. Took about 1 hr total from airport. The windmills are a short walk from the station with well marked signs. I rented a bike but wished I would not have because it was so close. Beautiful area! There is... More

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

The little town is packed with tourists... but quite photogenic. Would be great to visit in the early morning. For those who want to use Holland Pass to pay for transportation: you need to trade your tickets at a GWK office in advance. Centraal Station is a good choice since they open earlier (at 8am on most days) and usually... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW via mobile

You do not pay to enter the grounds but for anything worth seeing there is an entry fee OR a demonstration, which is the guise to get you into their shops. Goods have inflated prices on what you would pay in the heart of Amsterdam! Yes, you can see the windmills up close and personal and for me the visit... More

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Just outside of Amsterdam, the Zaanse Schans shows the historic Dutch rural experience. Old village style along a stretch of the river Zaan. No entry fee, beautifull walking area, you can enter the working! windmills. In high season very busy, and ofcourse a bit touristy... Great photo opportunities ;)

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Barbados
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

A lovely place to visit to see lots of windmills and authentic Dutch houses. However, the prices for everything including entrance to the windmills is inflated. If you want a reasonable snack and hot drink then go to the cheese farm shop.

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Gurgaon, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

This was the highlight of my recent visit to Amsterdam. A very beautiful village which has now converted itself to nice little tourist spot. It has beautiful canals, lots of windmills, good restaurants, and bakeries, and places which really showcase the culture and the country. Highly recommend the place for most tourists who visit Amsterdam.

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Hereford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We spent a few hours here as part of a touring coach party. There is no doubt that this is a very pretty area full of traditional houses, windmills, costumes etc. It is typical of any tourist attraction in that it is full of shops selling clogs, windmill ornaments, ash trays, toys, Delft type pottery to name but a few.... More

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