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Address: Schansend 1, 1509 AW Zaandam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: 31 75 6810000
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

This open air museum recreates a Dutch village with wooden houses and...

This open air museum recreates a Dutch village with wooden houses and windmills dating from the 17th and 18th centuries.

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Good 40 minute bus ride from Amsterdam Centraal, it's a fantastic day out. Walking around the outdoors area, where the windmills are, is free of charge. You only pay for entrance... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Good 40 minute bus ride from Amsterdam Centraal, it's a fantastic day out. Walking around the outdoors area, where the windmills are, is free of charge. You only pay for entrance to windmills and Zaans Museum (where you can learn more about Zaans region & Verkade chocolate and biscuit factory.

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Penang Island, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you are looking for a quick trip away from the city centre of Amsterdam, this is the place to go. It is only a 20-min train ride from the Amsterdam Central Station to Koog-Zaandijk station. From the Koog-Zaandijk station, it's a nice easy walk to the little village. Clear signs along the street to bring you to the village.... More 

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Makati, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A very nice place to visit outside of Amsterdam, a must see. Very picturesque with working windmills. They that showed us how olden days the windmills were used in pressing oils from nuts, cutting wood and other things. A very pleasant day in Zaanse Schans!

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Cold Spring, NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Generally speaking, windmills have fallen out of use in the Netherlands; industrial production no longer relies on wind power. But during the 1700s and 1800s windmills were essential to the industrial prosperity of the Dutch. Zaanse Schans is an outdoor museum, a piece-by-piece recreation, that takes visitors back to the era of the windmill. At one time, hundreds of years... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The best windmill to visit is probably "Cat´s windmill" that is the first one opened. It costs 4 EUR and you can go also upstairs. Than I recommend to make your own cocoa for 2 EUR in the Cocoa shop. Nice place for hlaf day trip accesible from Amsterdam by bus 391 from Central Station.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was one of our plans for 3days in Amsterdam. Me and my wife enjoyed very much to see and walk around and inside windmills, also walk in a picturesque vast area.By chance , weather was good ( late November). At first we decided to go by bus or train, but our other plan was Volendam,so we picked a tour... More 

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The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want a little glance of the typical dutch is a nice place to visit, just if the weather is suitable (Not raining). There are different wind mills to visit with different things to see. Be aware that in the close surroundings theres not mucho to see and if you go by public transport you will have to walk... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Zaanse Schans can be easily reach either by train (15min) or by bike. We took the train at Central Station, and once you get off, all you need to do is follow the signs. It takes a bit of walking and crossing a large bridge, but the views are always worth the extra effort. From up on the bridge, you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Zaanse Schans in May 2015. I really wanted to go there, mostly for the clogs, but also the windmills. We rented bicycles just outside the Zaandam station and cycled to Zaanse Schans. There is a museum at Zaanse Schans, plenty of places to eat and also restrooms. We enjoyed the Wooden Shoe workshop the most since it was... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We rented bikes and decided to bike it to the windwills in Zaanse Schans! After carefully mapping out our route, we were on our way - biking through Holland's countryside. It's any easy route and doesn't take too long to get there. We were so happy we did it! Not only was the scenery along the way fantastic - the... More 


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