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Zaanse Schans

Schansend 1, 1509 AW Zaandam, The Netherlands
+31 75 681 0000
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This open air museum recreates a Dutch village with wooden houses and windmills dating from the 17th and 18th centuries.
  • Excellent60%
  • Very good32%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“clog making” (167 reviews)
“wooden shoes” (177 reviews)
“the bus” (174 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Schansend 1, 1509 AW Zaandam, The Netherlands
+31 75 681 0000
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Loved seeing the inner workings of the windmills. We were able to see a demonstrating of the one that cuts lumber. Ingenious devices.

Thank Brian A
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Made a trip to Zaanse Schans on a rainy November day. We were still able to salvage a decent day by going into several of the areas for demonstrations such as the cheese and clog making buildings. Overall a really fun way to spend several...More

Thank MayfieldParrish
Reviewed 2 days ago

Zaanse schans is a small neighborhood village in the city of Zaandam. It is where there are a cluster of windmills and it is a very popular tourist attraction. I suggest, if you are going to Volendam and Marken that you also include this at...More

Thank bob2bkk
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It is a 35-40mins trip by bus (from central station) to the main entrance in the village. Buses are very frequent, every 15 mins or so. I was not sure if it is worth it during almost winter time, but now I can say it...More

Thank shinygirl
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Not that far from the station.. there was a chocolate factory you have to walk by to get to the windmills, oh My God I was like a junky breathing the air coming from the factory .... so much joy Well the windmills are really...More

Thank Wale O
Reviewed 4 days ago

Zaanse Schans (ZS) is about 45 minutes ride on bus 391 from Amsterdam Centraal. Enter the station and then head North, after exiting, you have to climb up and there you can find the bus station. There is a train service (relatively cheaper...guess one way...More

Thank romio22
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place, nice surroundings and a piece of Dutch industrial history. The old windmills placed by the river and the marsh area besides give you a great experience. Well worth to pay €4 to visit one of the windmills inside. Note that the price is...More

Thank Thomapeter
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We looked at a guided tour but decided against it and looked up how to get here ourselves on Public Transport. There is a train option but it’s a 1500m walk from the museum. Bus 391 leaves from Central Station and drops you off right...More

Thank Essbie
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very nice re-creation of a village in Holland with working windmills that you can go in. Beautiful surroundings and interesting to learn about clogs and how they are made. Would recommend this attraction.

Thank annham0324
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You cannot fly to Holland and not visit this amazingly preserved historical site. In this land of tens of thousands of windmills, modernisation has destroyed these amazing structures that actually were the workhorses of the Netherlands. These marvellous and gentle giants are a treasure to...More

Thank Billytoucan
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28 October 2017|
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Response from LiangGB2000 | Reviewed this property |
There’s no entrance fee you can just walk straight in and wander around the sights. I went here last week, getting the bus there and train back. The bus was to see some extra countryside but it was urban or industrial most... More
10 August 2017|
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Response from qqtt | Reviewed this property |
There is free parking around the Zaanse Schans - but if you get on the official parking you have to pay (10€), unless you pay the entrance fee to the museums which discharges you of the parking fee. I would recommend you... More