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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 »
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Puchong, Malaysia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

A good collection of working windmills within walking distance and a clog factory as well. There is a strong smell of hot chocolate filling the air. The atmosphere was very relaxed and cool. This is a place to visit if you want to visit windmills that about an hour bus trip. The journey to and fro were very pleasant.

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Tel Aviv
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Zaanse Schans - open air museum. Free for a visit at the open area, you pay for each visit to every windmill. One is enough. A little bit crowdy and touristic, but very cute windmills. A lot of snacks and small eating kiosks, including cheese factory.

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California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Great side trip from Amsterdam. You get to see several working windmills, which I found fascinating. The town was not as cute and old as other towns around there. But the smell as you get off the train is amazing. There is a major chocolate factory so the air smells like chocolate. My only complaint is that this is purely... More

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Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

We spent half a day here away from Amsterdam. This is like the Dutch experience people feel they need to have. After seeing the windmills and the flowers, I would've liked to rent a bike and pedal around, but the rentals were closing in an hour or so and I didn't think it was worth it. If I'd had a... More

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Larne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Well preserved and maintained this collection of wooden houses and windmills take you back to a former age. You can access the inside of a windmill and climb up to the viewing platform to see the sails go round - very closely! It can be a bit awkward to clamber up the narrow steps. I really enjoyed this trip and... More

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Alberta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Perfect day from the first sensory experience of this chocolaty scented town to the impressively designed village of Zaanse Schans. Short train ride from Amsterdam - and well worth a couple hours of your time to experience the windmills and shops. Our family rented bikes and greatly enjoyed exploring this village. Found a unique take home souvenir from the Fietsverhuur... More

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Saskatoon, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

If you like historical Holland you will enjoy this location. It has a museum, out door venue that includes many "how they did that" shows. Fully operational windmills and many other attractions. Just beware, parking is not cheap, but the park is free.

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Bethesda, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

This is a great place to spend a 1/2 day with family. The inside of the windmill was really interesting. The wooden shoe maker demonstration was fun. The bakery was yummy.

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brussels
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

bunch of old houses, they relocated in the 70ties, so it's kind of fake disney land rebuild. if you are american, and you see these houses from 17 or 1800 you might be blown away. as a Belgium, it are just old houses :-). 10m walking from train station

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Just loved it here - perfect to hire bikes and take a leisurely cycle around the windmills and escape all the bus tours... so easy from Amsterdam - just a couple of stops on the train but you feel you've escaped the hustle and bustle of the city and it really is amazing to see the windmills in situ.

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