Zaanse Schans

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Zaanse Schans
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This open air museum recreates a Dutch village with wooden houses and windmills dating from the 17th and 18th centuries.
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Beverley M
Grantham, UK29 contributions
Couples
This is a great trip if you want to get away from the centre of Amsterdam for a day or an afternoon without travelling too far. The easiest way of getting there is to catch bus no 391 from the bus station behind Central Train Station. Buses leave and return about every 15 minutes and drop you at the entrance to the park. It’s about a 45 minute trip. There are various options for payment depending on what you want to see and do. The cheapest option would be to buy a return bus ticket and just walk around the area looking at the windmills and houses. If you then wanted to go inside a windmill or museum you could buy a ticket for that attraction (about 5 to 12 euros). Some of the attractions like the clog maker and the cheese factory are free anyway. We bought the combined day ticket online, which gave free entrance to all the museums, windmills and the bus ticket. We had difficulty scanning the code (off my phone) on the bus but the lovely driver let us on anyway. The help desk at the biscuit museum replaced the ticket on the phone with a paper one and that didn’t scan on the bus either (but again the driver waved us on). Because we had the day ticket we went around a lot of museums and windmills and it was interesting but if you are not into museums I think I would recommend just wandering around and soaking up the atmosphere, especially if it is a sunny day.
Written July 16, 2022
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Bandit-One
Emmen, Switzerland7,291 contributions
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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RamblingSpots
Milan, Italy25 contributions
The village of Zaanse Schans is amazing and well worth a trip. The walk from the station to the village itself is easy, quite short (around 10 minutes by walk) and well marked by signs along the road.
You'll be welcomed by a lovely chocolate scent deriving from the local chocolate factory.
We suggest to stop by the supermarket on the left side of the road before the bridge linking the town to the village of Zaanse Schans (you can recognize it as you'll start to see the canal and the windmills) as it's the last place where you can buy cheap food and drinks.

Once in Zaanse Schans you can take a walk along the canal to admire all the windmills and farmhouses, visit old stores and cafes.

You can also reach a watchtower in the middle of the fields, overlooking all the lands and canals of the area. We highly recommend to save 10-20 minutes to visit this place to relax and admire this beautiful village from up above. If you're into photography, you must go there to take the best shots of Zaanse Schans.
Written March 10, 2021
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Roving659225
23 contributions
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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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jlanza29
Miami, FL653 contributions
Yes its touristy, but when will you have a chance to go inside a real life windmill ???

We took bus 391 from Central ... cost 10.50 euro roundtrip. Takes about 45 minutes

The bus drops you off in front of the museum and its a short 2/3 minute walk to the village.

Once at the village we entered the place where they make clog shoes and saw a quick demonstration of the process.

Then we walked thru the cheese store and eventually into the windmill. And we saw it in action as the wind was blowing about 20 MPH the day we were there.

Very cute village, we enjoyed it. Took about 2 hours to go thru it.
Written April 10, 2022
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Scott G
Los Angeles, CA432 contributions
I read several reviews of Zaanse Schans before going, and a fair amount complained about the commercialism of it. Then the front desk woman at my hotel in Amsterdam actually tried to talk me out of going there and going to some other town instead! But I went anyway- and I loved it. It was beautiful and peaceful (despite the crowds) and as others have said I felt like I was in a fairy tale, or truly back in time.

Is it mostly a "fake" recreation of an old Dutch town? Yes. Is it crowded? Yes. Overpriced? Probably. Did that matter one bit to me? Nope. It's a beautiful must see place. And all the people working there are great. I don't know why people give it a bad rap. Accept that it's a recreation, then enjoy the awesomeness of it. Though two of the windmills are original, actually.

It's about a 20 minute train ride from Amsterdam, and an easy 15 minute or so walk from the station. I walked the entire row of windmills first, then started going in them as I walked back to the start. I quickly found out you can only buy the pass for all the windmills at the first one, and coming back I had to pay to go in each windmill individually. But it was still relatively cheap. My favorites were the sawmill windmill, the only commercial wind-powered sawmill... in the world I think they said? Anyway, when the wind speeds up so does the saw, when it slows down so does the saw. And my other favorite was the windmill where you can climb up to a viewing platform on top of it, and stand super close to the actual spinning blades. They are huge, and make an awesome sound as they whoosh past! Oh, and bonus points for the real farm animals picturesquely spread around the whole area.

If you want beautiful pictures that scream "I'M IN HOLLAND!", or just want to get out in the Dutch countryside and relax a little, come here. I loved it!
Written June 18, 2022
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janet w
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It was fascinating to see and learn about all the different uses of windmills, especially the sawmill, and to browse the exhibits in the two museums and the artisan's workshops. You can walk around the place for free but have to pay for the museums and to go inside the windmills- I think it was worth it. Loved the clock museum too. The least interesting workshop for me was the coopery.
Written April 29, 2022
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Johnny19039
Dusseldorf, Germany1,840 contributions
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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Liefhebber
Breda, The Netherlands7,487 contributions
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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The Travel Couple - Chathu & Ishanka
Kalutara, Sri Lanka941 contributions
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Nice place to visit very closer to Amsterdam. Only 20 min train ride from Amsterdam. From the station its a 1km walk towards the windmills. So easily accessible. There are altogether 10 windmills located close to each other. You can enter inside some windmills also for a small fee. It's a nice touristy area where you get to experience the famous Dutch windmills.
Written September 8, 2021
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