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This open air museum recreates a Dutch village with wooden houses and windmills dating from the 17th and 18th centuries.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Schansend 1, 1509 AW Zaandam, The Netherlands
+31 75 681 0000
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Reviewed today

This place is just amazing. The view, the people, the farm and animals...all just amazing!! totally recommend a trip to Zaanse Schans. It is really close to Amsterdam.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank MCFreitas
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Thai was the highlight of our trip to Amsterdam. You must go out for the day! It is an easy bus ride from Amsterdam and the rest is just walking around. There is lots to see and do. There is shopping and nice places to...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank rizznizz
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Spent about 3 hours here. Caught the train from Zaandam (2 stops). Took us 15 mins to walk from the station then you go over the bridge and head for the windmills. Big cheese shop there which I thought was great, also a clog making...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank WelshBajan
Reviewed yesterday

We spent our last afternoon in Amsterdam visiting ZA and although there were crowds of tourists it was still interesting to see bits of Dutch history and culture in one spot and the best part of all was arriving at the train station and walking...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Sara M
Reviewed 2 days ago

Zaanse Schans is a town created for tourist to experience the old Holland way of living and some of its iconic things like working windmills. Even after being installed (or curated) to attract the tourist, Zaanse Schans is very fascinating because it encapsulates the essence...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Akshaya S
Reviewed 2 days ago

Old windmills dating from 1600's and how clog and cheeses are made. Such a beautiful place to visit but sometimes it can get busy. It was cold and rainy when we visited here but I think on spring or summer days is better. No entrance...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Khinvdijk
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Fun to see the working windmills dating from the 1600's. Impressive array of products being ground (linseed oil, mustard, grains, etc. The magnitude of the machinery was impressive. And they operate so quietly!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank D972BZdavidm
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Old windmills to step and watch inside, craft manufactures to see how cheese is made for example, to try all the types. Don't avoid nice cafe near the entrance to make a break, because it is possible to spend their long time.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Elainaille
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A short walk from the station; just follow the signs about 1.5km Don’t be put off by the cocoa factory. Beautiful situation with windmills stretching along the river. Lots of interesting places to visit and explore but it can get busy with the bus tours....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank harryd63
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I loved everything about this place. Walking there and having this far view of the windmills, arriving there and discovering that it's actually a small built up village ready for tourists, with nice traditional streets, windmill tours, a cocoalab, a cheese place, pastries shops, even...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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9 December 2018|
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Response from jeff1955malaysia | Reviewed this property |
All are free. Some i only took pictures from the outside. Beautiful place. All within walking distamce. You need at least 2 hours plus to cover the whole area on foot.
11 November 2018|
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Response from Dvdmeer | Reviewed this property |
It is a public area, so you can go whenever you want as far as i know. You just can't access the windmails, shops and museum.
9 November 2018|
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Response from GerardPri | Reviewed this property |
The bus takes about 40 minutes and can be found at the back of the Central Station - that is - towards the river. However, taking the train to Zaandijk station and just a 15 minute walk suffice to get there. In my... More