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“A step back in time - in the good way” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Zaanse Schans

Zaanse Schans
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Private Tour: Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam
Ranked #1 of 24 things to do in Zaandam
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This open air museum recreates a Dutch village with wooden houses and windmills dating from the 17th and 18th centuries.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Aalborg, Denmark
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“A step back in time - in the good way”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2013 via mobile

This place is old - old in the good and interesting way. They show how life was back in the day and you get a pretty good insight in how the country has developed over the years.

Really interesting is the exhibition of the Verkade paviljoen - the cookie factory. Interesting and innovative. Worth a visit!!

Visited April 2013
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Clearwater, Florida
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“Great place to see windmills and shop for wooden shoes (clogs)”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2013

After traveling in Holland for two weeks, this place had the best assortment and design on wooden shoes from small ones (2-3 inches) to large sizes for adults. They also had some with great designs.

They have a small museum inside the store with various uses for wooden shoes including a pair made into ice skates. Very interesting.

The prices in this shop are reasonable and there is a exhibition of the making of the shoes which only takes a few minutes but is very informative.

The most interesting windmills and original homes are located outside this shop, they are the real attraction. Beautifuly landscaped, it does require a bit of walking to see the entire park. Flowers were in bloom and the weather was perfect the day we visited. Be sure to go into some of the "old time" stores located here.

Visited June 2013
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North Salt Lake, Utah
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“Highlight of our Amsterdam Trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2013

We ended up going to Zaanse Schans on our very last day in Amsterdam, the same day we were flying back to the Venice. We took the train which was about 8 euros per person, but our ticket also included going to the Schipol Airport as you can go directly there and not have to go back to Centraal Station. It is a quick 15 minute train ride then another 15 minute walk to Zaanse Schans. We enjoyed the walk even though we were rolling our luggage on the bumpy, cobble-stoned streets. There are lockers to store bags, but ours were too big so the information desk held our luggage for us for free. We also walked by a cocoa factory which smelled divine. It is very commercialized little town, but reminds me of a Dutch version of Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. We learned so much about the history of the windmills and the area as back in the day, as ZS was dotted with thousands of windmills. It is free to walk about and visit the stores and shops. There are some fees to enter in such as the bakery or the windmills which is only 3 euros per person. I highly recommend to go into the saw mill. This was the only mill reconstructed, but it was the cutting edge of it's time as it was reconstructed exactly how was it built back in the 1600's. It was fascinating to see the mill saw the tree logs into wood slices! We also enjoyed a fresh stroopwafel which is hard to find in Amsterdam as most people just buy them at the local supermarket.

Visited June 2013
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Cave Creek
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“Fun and interesting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2013

spent the day out at this village. was so quaint and cute! i loved how active everyone was and going into each building. really unique. beautiful views

Visited June 2013
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Walsall, United Kingdom
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“Interesting Trip Out of the City”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2013

Worth seeing - take the 391 bus from outside Centraal Station (14 euro for a 2 person all day ticket - or 4 euro per person each way) and the end of the route is Zaanse Schans, so you can't miss it.

A short walk from the bus stop takes you past the Museum and into the village - there are charges for some of the buildings, but most are "free" with the IAMsterdam Card, and the site itself is free of charge. Interesting to see old houses, businesses and windmills - a strange but inviting mix of museum, tourist attraction and real life. Some building like the bakery museum are probably not worth seeing if you have to pay (1 euro each) but if included on your card, pop in. Windmills working and explaining what happens, nice location on waterway. Nice trip our from the city.

Go back to Amsterdam Centraal Station by catching the 391 from the bus stop you got off at.

Visited July 2013
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