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Zaanse Schans

Schansend 1, Zaandam 1509 AW , The Netherlands
31 75 616 82 18
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As featured in Amsterdam for young kids
Ranked #1 of 10 attractions in Zaandam
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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: Train and bus times are correct as of 2013. Confirm 2014 times at www.ov9292.nl which has excellent public transportation information in English... more »
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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London, United Kingdom
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76 reviews 76 reviews
16 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

We spent a great day at Zaanse Schans with the kids during our recent visit to Amsterdam. The park, although touristy, really represents Holland in a nutshell and is great to show kids what Holland is famous for. If you have a car, it is very easy to get to and entrance is free, although you are charged a small... More

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Mandurah, Australia
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

We visited this attraction with two delightful Dutch friends on a windy, cold day. The whole area is a great display of historic Holland. The windmills are huge and impressive, the buildings surrounding them are beautifully restored and there's water and waterways everywhere. For me the highlights were the clog-making demo (free) and seeing one of the mills in massive,... More

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Zaandam, The Netherlands
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

It started as a local initiative to preserve historical wooden houses and windmill's, the Zaanse Schans is now tourist atraction no. 1 in Zaandam. Entrance for the Schans is free, the museum charges an entry fee. It's a good opportunity to see how the Dutch lived a couple of centuries ago. Don't forget to see the 7 windmill's. They are... More

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Barcelona, Spain
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Lovely green fields interspersed with small canals and windmills. Spot the cute little ducklings wading around! There was a mini petting-zoo. Also dotted with small museums (windmill, chocolate, cheese, clogs) that are free to enter and that end off with inexpensive souvenirs to take home. Good hot chocolate at the chocolate laboratory. Also make sure you try the smoked cheese... More

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Luzon, Philippines
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168 reviews 168 reviews
73 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

If you want to see Holland's renowned windmills, this is the place to go. There are around 3 or 4 working windmills, along with the Zaanse Schans museum, and you'll see how wind power propelled the Netherlands into a global superpower centuries ago. You can go inside the windmills and see the massive wooden structures at work. This pre-industrial age... More

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Georgetown, Texas
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136 reviews 136 reviews
21 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

This place is relatively easy to reach via bus 391 from Amsterdam Central Station in about a 45 minute trip that drops you right at the entrance. Do not skip the museum as it is interesting and very informative. I would suggest getting there when they open at 10:00. From the museum you can walk to the "village" and see... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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87 reviews 87 reviews
38 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

we got this recommendation by asking the walking tour guide. He recommended to come here to see the windmills. You can take a train from centraal station and then walk from station for about 10 minutes. On a clear day, it was really great to see the open fields and feel so refresh. You can see windmills from outside, but... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We took a side trip here from Keukenhof. Unfortunately we arrived as everything was closing down at 6 pm but not being able to shop helped our budget! We enjoyed walking around the village and taking pictures of the amazing old buildings and windmills. We have added the village to our Amsterdam itinerary this summer.

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80 reviews 80 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

This attraction is situated just north of Amsterdam. The return fare on Bus 391 from Amsterdam Central Station is €7 for adult with one way journey time of about 30 minutes. The primary attraction is the several reconstructed working windmills that grind pigments for paints, peanuts for peanut oil and saw timber logs.The countryside setting is boosted with authentic green... More

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
14 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

We visited here on arrival day and even though overcast, was a wonderful experience seeing the making of the dutch shoes and the cheeses. LOVED IT

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