Zaanse Schans
Zaanse Schans
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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About
Be transported back to the 18th and 19th-century Dutch countryside in this residential neighborhood. Zaanse Schans is full of old wooden windmills and houses, some of which were relocated here for preservation. It was actually the first industrial zone in the Netherlands, and the windmills were used for all sorts of things, like grinding spices and producing paint. Today, it's a popular tourist destination where you can explore quaint museums and traditional shops or take a guided tour of the district on foot, boat, or bicycle. Zaanse Schans is a popular day trip option from Amsterdam. – Tripadvisor
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  • TheTourist321
    Kolkata (Calcutta), India45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Picturesque Dutch Village
    Pretty as a picture! HIghly recommended for a half-day / day trip from Amsterdam, take a break from the bustling city and head into this vintage-style village. Lots of small museums that are all free to enter, they mostly double as souvenir shops that are surprisingly fair priced compared to souvenir shops in Amsterdam.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 1, 2023
  • CharlieV2011
    Chicago, Illinois2,130 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect Outdoor Activity!
    It is very easy to take the Sprinter from Amsterdam Centraal to this fun outdoor activity! Prices are reasonable to enter each windmill. On the day of our visit, 2 windmills were open, and to enter these two windmills and the museum, it was slightly over 20 Euros per person. In addition to the fun museum that provides you with the history and function of windmills, you can try cheese and chocolates, and tasty coffee. I enjoyed walking around and enjoying the great outdoors and animals!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 10, 2023
  • DalmatiansRule
    Brookfield, Wisconsin33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Half Day Trip from Amsterdam
    A great half day trip from Amsterdam. Although there are many ways to get there, we used Uber and it worked perfectly. Seeing the windmills was one thing, but spending time in each and talking to the owners about their craft was really interesting.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 10, 2023
  • Eleana L
    17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience
    We made our way there by metro and train and it was a very quick and easy journey. I recommend making the journey by yourself instead of going on a coach trip that costs £40. It had lots to look at and do. The clog making place was very interesting and they showed a demonstration of how to make the clogs. Had a great fresh fish sandwich stand near the coffee and hot chocolate windmill. Didn’t pay for any of the extra windmills because there was enough stuff to look at for free.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 15, 2023
  • Maryann
    23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice
    Good half day trip to see windmills. A few hous is enough if you are not going inside the mills itself. Ni fee to enter Zaanse but €5.50 for the mill itself. They have souvenirs and hot cocoa inside this structures.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 21, 2023
  • LWaugh2011
    Durham, United Kingdom66 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely day out...
    Lovely day out to Zaanse Schans! Bought an I Amsterdam card which covered the cost of visiting the museum and going into the windmills. The museum was informative and gave a good background to the area during industrial times. Fantastic experience seeing the inside workings of working windmills and climbing up to viewing points to see the blades turning. Various shops/workshops (such as clog workshop/chocolate/cheese tasting & shop and more!)
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 28, 2023
  • SGarner5
    Istanbul, Türkiye18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique and Educational
    Such a unique and educational experience to visit this windmill village. I highly recommend paying to enter the windmills (we got to enter two with the price of the Zaanse Schans card). I especially recommend entering Paintmill De Kat, as you are able to climb to an outdoor landing or deck for a nice view. Watching wooden shoes be made was interesting. The cheese tasting at the cheese farm was fun and quite tasty.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 4, 2023
  • Peter Hunčár
    Slovakia45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A day is not enough
    Definitely a place to visit. With or without children. But prepare for a lot of other visitors. The staff is very friendly, explaining everything in depth. Very photogenic. I learned a lot. Just want glitch, seems like the parking system has problems recognizing license plates from foreign countries, so we paid the full parking price even if we reserved the parking when buying tickets online.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 6, 2023
  • SOPHIE
    England, United Kingdom84 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely day trip not far from Amsterdam
    The open air museum of Zaanse Schans is unique and definitely worth a trip. A short train ride from Amsterdam to Zaandam before a short walk (10 minutes) to the village. A zaanse schans card is the best way to go (pick up from the Zaans museum), providing access to the various museums, clog factory, cheese farm, copperage and two windmills of your choice (I suggest the paintmill and the sawmill to see the different interior and how they operate). The staff in each attraction was really helpful and friendly, going into depth about the history and answering any questions. Would definitely recommend.
    Visited June 2023
    Written August 7, 2023
  • Kam S
    Birmingham, United Kingdom66 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Maps need updating on website
    Great half day out with the family. The area is beautiful and well thought out. It can get busy and the small paths can get over crowded but on the whole a great experience. The only issue we encountered was the map on the website wouldn’t load on any of our devices and there aren’t many maps around the site.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 8, 2023
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Liefhebber
Breda, The Netherlands8,558 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
We visited this site several times, a nice daytrip on a sunny day. Most of the houses are inhabited or are restaurants. The Zaanse Schans site has free entrance, if you want tot visit the windmills and museums you have to pay.
You can visit the bakery museum, see how wooden clogs are made, visit some windmills, the cheesefactory and the "Zaans Museum".
Starting in 1961 original buildings were transported to this site by road and water. The whole is a look into a part of the industrial history of Holland. It takes about half a day to visit if you also visit the "Zaans Museum". There are loads of tourists and the souvenirs are overpriced.
We really prefer the open air "Zuiderzeemuseum" in Enkhuizen or the open air museum in Arnhem where you need a whole day to see everything and is less overpriced.
Written April 17, 2020
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Johnny19039
Dusseldorf, Germany2,321 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Because of the Corona regulations, one had to book the entrance tickets and the parking ticket for a certain starting time in advance on the internet. The tickets had a QR Code and in spite of this you still had to queue at the cash desk and these were then exchanged for a big ticket with photos of the sights, which were voided with a ballpoint pen or date stamp when visiting a sight. With the QR Code on the parking ticket printed out at home you could not leave the area, because when entering the premises you got a normal parking ticket which was marked as paid at the cash desk. Of course, one wonders why the senseless internet tickets have to be printed out in advance.

With the Zaanse Schans Card, one can only visit a few places of interest, further attractions have to be paid extra. Furthermore it has to be pointed out that many attractions were closed.

We left the pancake house that was located on the premises, as some tables were not clean and as we did notice that it was a self-service restaurant. The five employees in the main room preferred to talk to each other instead of taking care of the guests.
Written August 1, 2020
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M Jay
Ashtead, UK1,268 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
If you are staying in Amsterdam and are looking for scenic views in the heart of Holland, this windmill site poses a perfect opportunity; the Zaanse Schans site is quite close and is a desirable break from the urban sprawl. Explore a fully-functioning modern saw-mill (each charge a separate entrance fee) as well as sampling free Netherlands cheese-tasting experience where you can also purchase authentic produce. Our visit to the windmill included a film about how the windmill was constructed. This is an ideal way to also get some exercise whilst inhaling fresh air by hiring a bike which you can ride around on specialised paths around the magnificent park. Afterwards, you can go to the nearby picturesque fishing village of Volendam for lunch and a museum with dioramas and displays on Dutch lifestyle and culture (currently closed for extension work but will reopen in March 2020). If the weather is ideal, this could be a perfect day out.
Written January 2, 2020
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natalie w
Wilmington, DE32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Our group of 6 adults (ages 20-75) enjoyed 3 hours exploring this village by bike. We rented front he bike shop at the exit of the train station (reservation recommended and cash required to rent). We took a guided tour of most attractions we visited in Amsterdam, but decided to explore Zaanse Schans on our own and were so glad we did it this way. The large tour buses arrived in droves and we repeatedly heard people saying "we don't have time for that, we have to get back to the bus" or a guide saying "you'll have free time later." We explored on our time table and found we either didn't need tickets for what we wanted to see or we were able to easily obtain tickets at the attraction (windmill tour of Het Jonge Shoppe). Beautiful countryside and kind people working hard to give you an authentic experience. Don't miss the cheese and clog shops! I recommend you arrive first thing in the morning or wait to go later in the day. Easy train ride here from Amsterdam Central. Note that restrooms are often distant from the particular part of the village you are exploring and they have a queue and require payment of one euro by credit card, so don't wait until you're desperate to find the restroom. Overall, I highly recommend this side trip from Amsterdam and it is much safer to bike here than in the city.
Written June 2, 2023
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Martin S
Sidcup, UK675 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
It really was a blast from the past as hurricane winds almost swept us off our feet, but not enough to deter us from a walk down memory lane and a view to how much the windmill did for society. A great day out for all ages with many attractions and historical activities to be seen. There is also a large indoor museum if the out door weather is too harsh. Car parking for the two hours there was €12.
Written March 13, 2020
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Bandit-One
Lucerne, Switzerland10,043 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
The Netherlands, that's Tulips, Windmills, Amsterdam. Of course it's a lot more, but these are the things that always come to mind. It wasn't Tulip season when we've visited The Netherlands, so we decided to look at some windmills. There are countless windmills all over the country. But this place here has several in one place. In a nice location by the water. And with lots of other things to see. So it's really an interesting package.

The entrance to the open-air park/museum is free. The Zaans Museum costs extra as do some other several smaller museums and shows. But also many of the arts & crafts shops and displays are free to visit.

It's a nice and easy walk along the windmills. It's all flat and suitable for strollers and wheelchairs. In the village I recommend to have a closer looks at the Wooden Shoe Workshop and the Cheese Farm (with a lot more cheese varieties than you'd think). And of course there's a souvenir shop as well, but other shops offer wonderful products and items as well. Feeling a bit hungry or thirsty? There's a Café on site.

There are several cute bridges crossing the small canals in the village. And there are lots of photo op: Huge wooden shoes, the windmills from every possible angle, the farm animals, the bridges.

You really need some time on your hands if you want to really enjoy and explore the area. We surely did. The windmills are fascinating and impressive. It's just a beautiful construction to look at.

We really enjoyed our visit here. It's stunning that the open-air park is indeed free to visit. And dogs are allowed as well. We had a great day here. Loved it.
Written February 13, 2022
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Nazlee M
Haverhill, UK1,359 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Friends
Just north of Amsterdam, this place is a real gem of The Netherlands. Small town with river runs through it and the main attractions - the working windmills dotted along the river. Entrance is free (pay for parking) but to get inside the windmills, need to pay (not a lot!) and 25 minutes boat trip is also highly recommended!
Written July 13, 2020
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feltroneu
George Town, Malaysia2,311 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This was definitely one of the must visit tourist attractions in Netherlands. We went there by train from Sloterdijk station and about 20 min to reach Zaandijk Zaanse Schans station. From this station, we walked about another 20 min and followed the direction we saw the list of windmills along the coastline. It was unfortunate that the time we was there was raining so the beautiful view was covered in grey. Nevertheless we still able to visit some of the beautiful and interesting spots there. The most impressive stop was the wooden shoe factory. We went to the one in Volendam and that was really small compared to the one here. There was a demonstration on how the clogs were made. Very educational. Hanging around the places and just love the farm life. Very peaceful very quiet...just too commercial. Would really love to visit it again.
Written April 18, 2020
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Roving659225
66 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
Compared to Keukenhof this open air musuem space was crowded and very disorganized. Long lines for food (which was awful), museum houses, and bathrooms. Bathrooms cost 1€ and had no toilet paper, garbage all over the floor and sink water was off. Big tour groups in small I door/outdoor spaces made moving around difficult.

Positive was pretty setting, windmills and big Zaan museum was quite well done with displays on industry in Zaan area and chocolate biscuit history.
Written April 19, 2022
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Bruce J
Sydney, Australia405 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We caught the train to Zaanse Schanns. This is a little bit of a walk and not well signposted but well worthwhile. The village houses a number of traditional windmills as well as other parts of traditional Dutch life. We had a look inside one of the windmills and you can see the managers repositioning the sails in the morning. We also saw clogs being made with a narrative about how it was done. Well worth the train trip.
Written January 17, 2020
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