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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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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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149 reviews 149 reviews
74 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

A lot of this area is far too commercial for my liking and has a lot of tourist junk for sale. However, if you get round to see the windmills themselves then it is worth the visit. The paint mill is superb and the recreation of a woodworking mill is absolutely fantastic. The museum is very good value also but... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

Positioned 50 km away from Kaukenhof and 20 km from Amsterdam – in Zaanse Schans you'll find another amazing air museum which really deserves your attention – the Zaans museum. If you are planning to visit Amsterdam or Kaukenhof Park, then you should really take into account this masterpiece of industrial engineering located in the Zaan region. In fact the... More

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Dayton, Ohio
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62 reviews 62 reviews
4 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

The entire open air museum is a great experience for all generations. We have been several times to visit family nearby and have taken our children there at all ages. This time, we visited the newest windmill, the one that saws lumber. The demonstration was great and the mill is beautiful. A nice visitor enhancement is the shirt video of... More

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Cape Breton
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78 reviews 78 reviews
12 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Our group arrived by tour bus early in the morning. As the day progressed, the crowds increased so it was smart to start the tour early. Zaanse Schans was such a idilic setting similar to an 18th or 19th century setting. We immediately travelled to the windmills passing gardens, livestock and housing along the way. There were several interesting windmills.... More

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Scranton, Pennsylvania
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34 reviews 34 reviews
21 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Netherlands industry grew on wind-power (thus the reason for the iconic windmill). With the advent of steam and electricity, the use of wind (and windmills) declined. Amsterdam created this historic park to preserve a piece of its past. These are actual working windmills relocated to this site and producing items for local sale and international distribution.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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57 reviews 57 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

This attraction is obviously made for children and tourists, but we enjoyed it nonetheless. Beautifully maintained and immaculately clean, it was a scenic step back to an earlier Dutch time. There are several interesting shops to visit, including places where you can learn about country stores, the famous Dutch cheeses, the amazing windmills, how the Dutch created their wonderful chocolate... More

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Brisbane, Australia
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We caught a bus from Amsterdam central station. The bus number is 391 and there are plenty of buses. it took 40 minutes to get there and the bus stops right at the front of Zaanse Schans. The bus leaves from exactly the same place to return to the city. We went on a Saturday and it wasn't too crowded,... More

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Central Virginia
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71 reviews 71 reviews
13 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

This was an optional bus trip while on an escorted tour, along with a stop at Volendam for lunch. The beauty of the Dutch countryside was worth the trip. These are nicely restored museum pieces in a village atmosphere. The spice shop within the windmill was wonderfully aromatic. Too many tour buses like us. The locals were on their ever... More

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san francisco, ca
17 reviews 17 reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We went to Zaanse Schans for a day trip because we have 2 kids that we thought would enjoy it. Having visited Ballenberg in Switzerland, we thought this would be similar. Wrong! It was an overcrowded tourist trap.Seeing the working windmill was the only worthwhile thing. You can see the surrounding industrial areas from there taking away from the old... More

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Singapore, Singapore
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Windy traditional village easily accessible from Amsterdam. Scenic, authentic and educational. If you have time to visit only one attraction near Amsterdam, I will strongly recommend at least a half day trip to Zaanse Schans.

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