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“Great park ! the oldest windmills in Holland !” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Zaanse Schans

Zaanse Schans
Schansend 1, 1509 AW Zaandam, The Netherlands
31 75 616 82 18
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Ranked #1 of 15 Attractions in Zaandam
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic sites, Historic walking areas, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This open air museum recreates a Dutch village with wooden houses and windmills dating from the 17th and 18th centuries.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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“Great park ! the oldest windmills in Holland !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2010

A great park with different museums and souvenirs and antique shops.
Here a carefully conservated the most oldest windmills from Holland.
What really liked me, was to discover how the dutch people are making the famous wood-shoes, used also today in construction sites.
We also took a trip with a small boat.

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“A chance to see several working old windmills near Amsterdam”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2010

If you in any way are interested in old windmills you MUST go here. We drove up from Amsterdam by car, which took about 20 minuttes, and what a surprise it was.

There are 8 windmills currently working in the area, and they are in the process of building another one. We chose to see two of them (3 Euros pr person / pr mill). I especially enjoyed the wind driven saw mill, that was so interesting. I was surprised how advanced these things actually were.

Apart from the wind mills, there is also a museum for clogs (wooden shoes) and one for cheese both of them are free. Furthermore there is a bakery museeum, and a grocery museum and a museum for the whole area. We did not visit any of these so dont know if theuy are free. The whole area looks like a old dutch village, and people are still living here, so the houses and garten are kept in excellent condition, but also for the most parts of limits to the public.

In escense you can spendt a few hours here without using so much as 1 euro, entrence to the area is free. But we were really happy to pay a few euros for admittion to the mills, for some cheese and food, It all goes back into keeping this wonderful attraction alive, and even expanding it.

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“Fun, educational and family friendly”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2009

Bus 91 from Amsterdam Central Station will take you to this location in about 30 minutes. There is a return bus ticket which will save you some money. The location is the last stop on the bus.
We are a family of 5 (ages 4, 9 and 11) who had a half a day to spare in Amsterdam and instead of visiting one of the city's windmills, we went to Zaanse Schans where there are a number to look at - 10 or so. Don't think a windmill has all the action from the outside, it's on the inside where there is most to be seen. You can see a variety of windmills here. On a windy day, there is a vast amount of power being generated with no carbon emissions!

We also saw Clog making and a cheese shop that are part of the same complex. We had a rather rainy day (not uncommon for Holland) but enjoyed it greatly nonetheless.

Highly recommended for adults and kids!

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“Cheese is way cheaper in the airport's duty-free”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2009

In the Cheese Farm of Zaanse Schanse you get the oportunity of tasting great holland cheese. I dare you to try the pepper, the herbal, the goat... all of them are great. But if you think about taking some for your friend and family back home, DON'T!. We paid smth like 25 Eur for a package of three rolls of cheese there. When we got at the airport, we took a look at all kinds of souvenirs for our family and we saw that those three rolls of cheese we have bought in Zaanse Schanse were here only 15 Eur!!! Almost half the price!!!!
So, if you feel like eating holland cheese - DON"T WAISTE YOUR MONEY IN ZAANSE SCHANS!

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“More like a quaint shopping area than a historic village”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2009

I think I was spoiled by historic open-air museums in Denmark. Zaanse Schans was not the idyllic trip back in time I was hoping for but people who are more in a shopping frame of mind might enjoy it. There are some interesting old houses, most of them private and closed to visitors. There are also shops that sell mostly collectibles--they aren't recreations of shops that would have been on the site at any point in history.

There are also modern anachronisms in the gardens, such as toy cars and real cars, modern music playing for workmen, and basically no sense that I was anywhere but in the current time. The limited livestock on the "farm" were a few miniature sheep. The huge windmills were impressive but I was reluctant to go in (minimum 3 euros per windmill).

To get to the site from the ferry you walk by some sort of industrial building. There's also major construction on the bridge (which is currently closed--take the free ferry instead of walking). The huge construction machinery blocked the entrance of the park and I would have gone off in another direction if I hadn't followed a determined local through the machines.

If you go, go in the morning. I arrived at about 10:30 and it was peaceful. Within about half an hour, many groups appeared.

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