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Zaanse Schans

Schansend 1, 1509 AW Zaandam, The Netherlands
31 75 616 82 18
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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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Darnestown, Maryland
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55 reviews 55 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

This is an authentic Dutch village with operational windmills. very interesting how they work. the little village was a delightful place to visit and enjoy souvenirs. Edam is another town we visited famous for their cheese. It is a much more prosperous area as you can see in the homes. Had lunch at a nice quaint hotel and ate apple... More

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Long Island, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Our family visited this place for a few hours as our last stop before flying home. This place was perfect for us tourists. Nice people. Great scenery. Great wooden shoe workshop/facility. Pancake house was delicious. Fun to see and go inside windmills. Many fun things to buy. Very kitsch in a good way. Highly recommended if you want to see... More

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Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Its brilliant to see the windmill around combine with perfect weather and nice view. There is one cheese factory, you can buy nice cheese here. Also they show you how to make real clogs and you can buy from them for EUR 20.

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Surrey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

We did this on a cruise stop over. Having done Amsterdam City before, I wanted to see something different and this was one of 3 places we went to on our tour. It was helped by being a hot September day, but this was a beautiful place to go and see. They have moved windmills here to preserve them, and... More

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Bali
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

This village is about1 hour by bus from Amsterdam situated on lake/canal with 10 windmills 4 actually working. The village has some wonderful houses and is a very quiet location. The people are really friendly and the museums and small shops in the vicinity of the windmills are great.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Simple, traditional and stunning. Zaanse Schans is what the Netherlands are all about. Windmills align the water line. You can see working mills, a clog making factory and a cheese shop. The views of the windmills are fantastic but getting there early and catching the early sun seems the best bet. You'll miss the crowds of people too. A must... More

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Very nice country side village. We really enjoyed the cycle ride along the village. The cycle rental is just outside the exit of the station. One hour is €5 and €3 per hour there after. The operator of the cycle rental was very friendly and helped my wife to practise the cycle first before taking the rental. You can store... More

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Vadodara, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Some 400 yrs old windmills still working , very scenic view , can shop @ very cheap as compared to amsterdam city . ill say if you got 3hrs+ you should visit this place , its somewhat far from main city but there are tours that go everyday Amazing landscapes, Cheap shops , Entry is free

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

A definite must go if you are in Netherlands. We get to see a working windmill, clogs making and authentic Dutch houses. Tips: Go there early to avoid the throngs of tourists who came in chartered buses.

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Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Get away from the city and immerse yourself for a few hours at Zaase Schans to enjoy the "country-side" of Netherlands. It's a great place to explore various types of windmills and cottages holding cheese, wooden clogs workshops. There are shops selling all sorts of souvenirs, chocolates, cheese etc. Most windmills will cost EU3.50 per pax for entry. The picturesque... More

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