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Zaanse Schans

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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
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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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Private Tour: Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam
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Amsterdam Half-Day Tour to Zaanse Schans: Windmills, Clog Museum and Cheese Farm
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Private Tour: Zaanse Schans and River Zaan Cruise from Amsterdam

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This is a quaint little tourist area with real working windmills. My advice is to arrive early in the day as it gets packed as the day goes on. Several windmills do have entry... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a quaint little tourist area with real working windmills. My advice is to arrive early in the day as it gets packed as the day goes on. Several windmills do have entry fees so you can pick and choose the ones that interest you the most. I personally enjoyed the sawmill the best. Everyone is very friendly and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautiful little 'village' (more an Open Air Museum). Unfortunately this beautiful spot is situated in between heavy industries. The site contains museums and restaurants (pancakes). For old Dutch villages, we prefer to take tourists to Edam and Marken.

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Thank DiBoS
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I took a 3hour tour to Zaanse Schans, it's a beautiful place. The tour included visit to the cheese and shoe factory which is a must if you want to buy cheese, chocolates or even souvineirs. You can visit the windmills (some of them charge to go up on it.) The place has a beautiful charm to it. It would... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Watch wooden shoes made and see that they are still in use by many people in The Netherlands. Several operating windmills can be viewed sawing tree trunks into lumber, grinding and pressing seeds to produce oil, grinding stones for industrial use and even for paint. Great walk along a dyke that connects several windmills and providing wonderful photo ops. Lots... More 

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Usa, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you want to see windmills, this is the place to go. It is only a short train ride from Amsterdam Centraal. Many people rent a bike or go on a "tour", but I don't really think that is necessary unless you don't speak English or Dutch. I went by myself, paid for a train ticket, and then walked. I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I stayed in the hotel which located in the zaanse schans . I totally love this place although it seems conserved for commercial prospect . I took my photos from my room's window.

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Here is the place to see how Dutch made a Wooden Clog (Klomp), it says that Traditional clogs remain in use as protective footwear in agriculture and in some factories and mines. At The end, you could buy some clogs for your own, with wonderful and artsy color. And some souvenirs for your friends or relatives.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We managed to see Zaanse Schans and still fly home later that day. It is an oldy-worldy working Dutch village and they have some really interesting attractions. We saw a clog making demonstration and climbed a windmill. My 5 year old loved it. There are places to eat there and if you go by train, you can get a bike... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Who doesn't want to see an old traditional windmill when you go to the Netherlands? Zaanse Schans is a quick train (about 20 minutes) away from Amsterdam. Not only do you get to experience a train trip out of Centraal Station, but you are efficiently transport to a small, quaint village from another time. The line up of functioning windmills... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Lovely little village with traditional windmills, clog making workshop and cheese & chocolate workshops. It does get quite busy with tourists but it's still a lovely place to visit and it's free!! The grounds are very well maintained and there are few gift shops on site. Plenty of great photo opportunities and very easy access from Amsterdam via bus from... More 

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