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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

As soon as you get off the train, all you smell is chocolate from the cocoa plant nearby. Great way to start! The walk is nice. Tourists are everywhere... just deal with it. You're probably one, too. Beautiful views, the windmills are so cool, and...More

1  Thank LMM1983
Reviewed yesterday

Stopped here while part of a countryside guided tour and was absolutely amazed at it all. It's a small, quiet village which still has a fully-functional windmill. That particular windmill is a sawmill, and they still saw trees into planks using nothing more than the...More

1  Thank 419ebhinton
Reviewed yesterday

After our visit to the Alkmaar cheese market, we took the train to visit Zaanse Schans. After getting off the train at Zaanse Schans there is a short 20-30 minute walk (about 1 mile / 1.6 kilometers) depending on how fast you walk to the...More

2  Thank Bottomshelfhockey
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Zaanse Schans is a rebuild village replicating the Dutch lifestyle of the 16th-17th century. There are several windmills in working order, still producing goods. A couple of them are free to visit and others charge an entree fee of €4. There are lots of houses...More

Thank Michael E
Reviewed 3 days ago

My friend recommended me to go to this wonderful place and rent a bike near the train station. Unfortunately, I and my friends arrived after the business hours so everything was closed, but it was so pretty to stroll and enjoy the nature and views.

Thank JuliaP5016
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Came as part of cruise ship tour so unfortunately we couldn't spend much time here. I definitely want to come back again tho. The place is absolutely beautiful. Amazing windmills, cheese and clogg factories, great food and loads of great gifts. I'd highly recommend a...More

Thank jamie280877
Reviewed 4 days ago

Zaanse Schans is a really good area that I recommend to everyone who wants to take a walk far from the city and see the typical windmills. You can easily get here from Amsterdam Centraal with the 391 bus.

Thank Sara C
Reviewed 4 days ago

Wow, we went here as stop on the Amsterdam Countryside hop on hop off tour. Amazing. You walk across drawbridge and look down the river and see working windmills turning in the on one side of the river and a exceptionally maintained residential area on...More

1  Thank Fred M
Reviewed 5 days ago

Fantastic place. Lots to do and see. We bought our own train ticket for a fraction of the cost of the organised tours and walked a short distance to he mills. Was wowed by the sights. Loved the shops and souvenirs.

1  Thank LauraMc48
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

From the train station it's a short walk. You have to cross a long bridge from where you can already take beautiful pics with the windmills in the background. This place is too beautiful to describe. The windmills, the cottages, the small bridges, farm animals..everything...More

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October 7, 2018|
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Response from katie--LA-CA | Reviewed this property |
For one adult the bus was 11 euros. Some windmills were free; others were 2-5 euros for an adult. The factory was more, maybe 10-12 euros. I don’t remember exactly but after going through I felt it wasn’t worth it. It isn’t... More
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