Things to Do in Zaandam

Things to Do in Zaandam, The Netherlands - Zaandam Attractions

Things to Do in Zaandam

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  • Beth B
    Denver, CO54 contributions
    Wonderful open air museum of Dutch history. The people who work and volunteer here were fantastic, giving such great information and demonstrations of how the windmills work, how the wooden shoes are made, how the weaving looms work, and more. By far one of the highlights of our trip. And only a short train ride from Amsterdam.
    Written June 30, 2022
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  • Keega16
    242 contributions
    We were so pleasantly surprised by this place. The animals on the property are really fun to see. We wandered in to the "cheese making experience" which was short but educational. We were surprised that it was really free as several of the other "museums" in the town charge to enter.

    You leave through a large cheese shop which has an amazing variety of cheeses that you can sample. We ended up buying quite a few and would have done more if we didn't have to carry our treasures for the rest of the day.
    Written June 14, 2022
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  • vioflo55
    Targoviste, Romania21 contributions
    A special family, with great attention to detail, with a performance of impeccable service. I drank a hot, fragrant chocolate that reminded me of my childhood.
    Written July 27, 2021
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  • Jayaseeli Christiansen
    Stenloese, Denmark316 contributions
    Very impressed wooden shoes! It is fantastic to see there is a person who is showing how to make wooden shoes!
    We love the Giant Wooden Shoes placed on the garden where we can take pictures!
    Written October 12, 2020
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  • Vlad V
    Enschede, The Netherlands376 contributions
    Inside the museum you can see the history of windmills, but also beautiful paintings and also how the merchants from Zaanse used to live. There is also a cookie and cocoa museum where you can see how Verkade cookies are made.
    Written June 22, 2019
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  • MikePShropshire
    Bridgnorth, UK297 contributions
    We stayed in Zaandam, as the cost of the hotels was a big saving on Amsterdam prices. We spent a day exploring Zaandam and were pleasantly surprised how nice it is, especially the high street with the false canal down the centre.
    The old and the new blend in well and would opt to stay in Zaandam again, if I returned to Amsterdam.
    Written June 10, 2022
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  • Beijinggul X
    Cincinnati, OH206 contributions
    Was totaaly impressed with this visit. Got to see sawmill at work. Despite the rain, we still enjoyed the scenery including the quaint village that surrounds the mills.
    Written February 2, 2020
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  • R. K. V.
    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam1,998 contributions
    Quite an interesting place- super historic and meaningful location. Very educational exhibits. Worth the visit
    Written December 18, 2020
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  • sm05060
    4,679 contributions
    This windmill is a working windmill situated near many others. This particular one was an oil mill before being converted to be a dye mill. However where it's situated at the moment was not it's original site. You can pay a small fee of € 5,00 and go inside this interesting mill, or just wander around outside if you prefer as there is a path running along the river and passes by the windmills in the area.
    Written September 13, 2019
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  • noholdluggage
    Ballymena, UK557 contributions
    The whole area has been redesigned and works very well with good access from the station to the shops and hotels. Very unusual design but all very interesting, clean and well kept.
    Written February 17, 2020
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  • imsell
    High River, Canada106 contributions
    OK, in spite of my excellent rating, most would not consider this a must see in Amsterdam. But if you are here for a week this is highly recommended as a way to see the Old Holland, the windmills, the former factories, the unique homes and buildings, or just spend a relaxing day on the water.

    The round trip is only 15 euros. Incredible value. The ferry from Amsterdam has a bar (only 5 Euros for a beer and ginger ale) and a great upper deck. We went the entire way, which meant transferring to another boat at Zaamdam on the other side of the locks. It is about a 500m walk. This then took you to Zaans Schans where we got off for a walk around a very historic town. Do get some cheese, have lunch and tour the historic buildings and take in some Dutch heritage and culture. You will be doing something that almost nobody else knows about.
    Written May 14, 2022
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  • Matty
    Zaandam, The Netherlands640 contributions
    This terrace (in cooperation with The Black Smith) had the best view in town! Lovely opening times this summer and they have great snack menu! Staff is very knowledgeable about the beers and wines:) good information service. A recommendation!
    Written July 17, 2020
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  • Marco Tulio A
    Turrialba, Costa Rica264 contributions
    This is another oil windmill, but it has an art gallery inside where you may see impressive paintings and also more on the oil pressing mechanism, each one has some details to add to the process
    Written August 12, 2019
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  • Solodam J
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands34,492 contributions
    It is called Zaanse Schans. A village along the Zaan River. It is at the north east, 20 minutes driving from Amsterdam. Or the bus 391 from Amsterdam central station ( the bus station is at the back side of the station on the 2nd floor) will bring you to Zaanse Schans in 30 minutes. From the morning to end of the day it is always crowded with tourists from all over the world. Most of the windmills are still working. The windmills are spicemill (making mustard), 2 sawmills, 2 oilmills and one is the only remaining working windmill in the world which makes paint. Besides windmills, there are some museums and shops such as : Zaans Museum, Clock museum, old bakery museum, a small foundry shop, clog workshop (with a small museum), 1st Albert Heijn shop ( now is a grocery museum), cheese factory and farm, a retro sweet shop, a diamond shop, a chocolate shop which you can make your own warm chocolate drink, a bicycle bell shop and of course some souvenir shops and some other museums. Sometimes there is a Cosplay of the local tradition. In the summer we come very often in the evening for bird watching.
    Written November 7, 2019
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  • donna c
    Darwin, Australia12 contributions
    Just spent a great three hours wandering through this fabulous photography exhibition...Jeroen Swolf captures the positivity of the people on the streets in his photos from every capital city across the world. If you get a chance, go and see this exhibition, either in Zaandam or coming to a capital city near you! Thephotos are a visual feast, but you can almost hear and smell the streets as well! The exhibition is due to be set up in central Amsterdam soon, and is also heading to London, Dubai and Brussels soon. A big thumbs up to the helpful friendly staff there as well!
    Written September 20, 2018
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