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Is there enough time for both Zaanse Schans and Utrecht?

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Is there enough time for both Zaanse Schans and Utrecht?

Hi guys, I'll be arriving in Amsterdam Thursday evening and leaving Sunday afternoon. We're planning to use Friday to visit outside Amsterdam. Do you think it would be possible to see both Utrecht and Zaanse Schans all on the same day? Or should we focus on the bigger city? (We are both in our early 20s)

Thanks for your suggestions :)

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1. Re: Is there enough time for both Zaanse Schans and Utrecht?

Hi there,

An unlogical combination as they're on opposite sides of Amsterdam. ZS is about 4 hours including the two transfers, the other half of the day theoretically could be used for Utrecht yes (2 x 30 mins transfer); in the direction of ZS e.g. Haarlem looks a more logical choice.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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2. Re: Is there enough time for both Zaanse Schans and Utrecht?

Zaanse Schans is north from Amsterdam, Utrecht on the southside. If you want to combine it, you'll pass Amsterdam on the way. For Zaanse Schans, you're more stuck to openingtimes and stuff, where as Utrecht is a city where you can spend the evening as well.

You could go for the combination, but it doesn't make a lot of sense I think, Amsterdam has plenty of restaurants and pubs as well ;) Best is to make a choice between a touristic site and a smaller city :)

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3. Re: Is there enough time for both Zaanse Schans and Utrecht?

You are in Amsterdam for just three days. It doesn't make much sense to visit another city. Visit Zaanse Schans in the morning , then stick to Amsterdam.

You could another town like Hoorn, Enkhuizen, Volendam, Edam . They are closer to Zaanse Schans.

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4. Re: Is there enough time for both Zaanse Schans and Utrecht?

IMO Utrecht is not worth the effort. Nice enough place but not as nice as say Delft or Amsterdam itself. Go to ZS and spend more time in Amsterdam.

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5. Re: Is there enough time for both Zaanse Schans and Utrecht?

What Ron said.

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