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This open air museum recreates a Dutch village with wooden houses and windmills dating from the 17th and 18th centuries.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Schansend 1, 1509 AW Zaandam, The Netherlands
+31 75 681 0000
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Reviewed yesterday

I went to Zaanse Schans during the early afternoon on a weekday in August. Weather wasn't great that day and it did rain at times. Crowds weren't bad, probably because it was midweek and weather was subpar. If you are visiting Amsterdam, but want to...More

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Reviewed yesterday

This place is to die for. The view is so nice that it is such a puristic place to just sit and enjoy. best enjoyed during a Blue Skyed Day,...

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Reviewed 2 days ago

I was staying in Zaandam and one day rented a bike to go see the windmills at Zaanse Schans. It was interesting. There was rather a lot of people, but since I went on a Sunday that can't be helped. The windmills and houses were...More

Thank Thorkell_Sig
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A great addition to your Amsterdam itinerary. Seeing working windmills, learning how they operate. Plus the cheese factory and the traditional shoe making. All in a great open air set up by the water. You can also take a boat cruise to see it all...More

Thank SamSvD
Reviewed 3 days ago

We rented a car in Amsterdam and visited the surrounding areas. This was our favorite places. It is a tourist town, but still run by locals. I highly recommend a boat ride. We walked to near the end of the walkway (they get cheaper a...More

Thank Julianne G
Reviewed 3 days ago

You can't go to the Netherlands without someone asking you about wooden shoes and windmills, it's all here. You would expect this place to be touristy, which it is, but the windmills are authentic and worth seeing. While lovely to look at from outside, there...More

Thank Mary Ellen B
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This was a special place that really takes you back in time to the traditional Dutch windmills, clog makers within a peaceful tranquil setting of authentic 1800s Holland living- wonderful and just over the river from Amsterdam so a short train or boat ride so...More

Thank Travel280418
Reviewed 3 days ago

Just twenty minutes from Amsterdam you can visit this lovely village with working windmills. It is accessible by train and a 15 min walk or by bus tour from Amsterdam that includes Markham and volendam

Thank Chabu H
Reviewed 4 days ago

Took the train to Zaandam then from the station paid a horse and carriage ride for 15euro who took us through the main village. From there we took a ferry to the area where the windmills were. Walking back through this part of town was...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This recreated Dutch village on a small lake is visually beautiful and perfect for photography. There are many corners, decorations, doors, details, and of course, the windmills, to keep a photographer busy for hours. Make sure you go to the middle of the bridge and...More

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September 18, 2018|
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Response from LisaCarlson | Reviewed this property |
There are sign post/tourist display maps set out throughout the area. / Even if not all the windmills are open, there are many attractions that will be. It will probably be nicer to visit Zaanse Schans without so many... More
David E
July 25, 2018|
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Response from DamanRawks | Reviewed this property |
You don't have to buy any tickets once you reach Zaanse Schans. Free walks and tours to free factories are delightful