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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 »
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Zaanse Schans is very close to Amsterdam and well worth a visit. You get to see and learn about some of the famous Dutch Windmills, there are also several other building set up to show you a some of the history, all about how they ground spices, and how dutch clogs were made. loved visiting it, great photos.

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Kuala Lumpur
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

The windmills & the overall scenery are breath taking! It worth the 1 hour traveling time from Amsterdam Central..

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Please do not do a tour to see this place! It is VERY cheap to do on your own. I did the bus one way and the train one way. BUS: €10 return from downtown Amsterdam central station. The bus number is 391 and it departs from platform "C" outside the central station. The sign is blue. You cant miss... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

In high summer on a pleasant warm day, there were many fellow windmill seekers. So many people that this pleasant village rather lost its charm. The windmills are an impressive sight but the rest is rather silly commercialism. Food very expensive and fairly ordinary.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Zaanse Schans is an easy trip outside of Amsterdam by train. It is where you go if you want to see and learn about the famous Dutch windmills. There are several and most of them allow visitors to enter. The town also has other attractions like a mini chocolate factory and cheese factory. You can also see how Dutch clogs... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

A very nice village preserved exactly as it was. Definitely worth visiting, only 30 minutes from Amsterdam it will give you a great view of the "old" Netherlands. Lots of windmills as well, all of them in working order. A place to visit! No fee to enter the village but some houses or museums may charge a fee.

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mtarfa malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Zaanse Schans is a lovely area. Many people stop here to admire the lovely views of the typical Dutch windmills. They can also enter one of them (payment) to see how it works. Lovely pathways to have a walk and also you can have a coffee in one of the cafes located here. Upon entering the area, you are greeted... More

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Salvador, BA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

This is a small vilage, there are many houses, windmills, green fields, small animals, and a friendlly people whi lives there, after to walk in the farm, it worth to visit the city, take a expresso or a beer. Nice !

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

We took the train one afternoon to see the windmills. It was an easy 17 min ride from central station and a 10 minute walk. The town was more touristy then expected, but also very charming and idyllic with the beautiful working windmills, waterways, and rolling hills. Too many tourist traps selling clogs, cheese and trinkets. We visited one windmill... More

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Newquay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Got a bus from central station in amsterdam and got a connexions bus for about 7 euro return. The bus stop is less then a five minute walk to the attractions at zaanse schans. This is definitely a more affordable way to see the windmills if you are trying to save money, seeing the old windmills working was great and... More

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