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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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BEAUTIFUL and very impressing very windy though, better to visit on a day with a nice weather arrive early, before1200

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ronic371
Reviewed 5 days ago

I was happy we took a morning, and took the 391 bus from Centraal Station to Zaanse Schans. It was very cool to see the windmills working, and actually go inside one of them.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ashes912
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The wind mills show different traditional professions inside. Very interesting and educational to visit!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank tddeleeuw
Reviewed 1 week ago

In my last day in Amsterdam didn't have time to go very far. Found out about this place and took the tour that included other two cities, Edam and Volendam. In Zaanse went to see real windmills and the other two cities were interesting as...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Mauricio S
Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed our visit to Zaanse Schans. It’s a charming community where people actually live. Besides the windmills there are a number of other things to see as well as the quaint shops. At the windmill we had an overview provided by the man...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank KarenM1_10
Reviewed 1 week ago

Love this tourist hotspot just outside Amsterdam. We took a bus tour out to Zaanse and spent a few hours there. Walking through the old Windmills, a museum and the coffee shop is a must. Enjoy some coffee and Dutch pastries. Gift shop at this...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Tricia4711
Reviewed 1 week ago

We don’t like big tour groups and were happy we avoided booking an expensive coach tour from Amsterdam to Zaanse Schans. Go by train or bike if you can! Kids love it. One advantage of going there on your own is that you can spend...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank railfan242
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very nice place to visit and to learn about history of windmills and wooden shoes in Nerherlands. Nice little museum in which you can see how were the wooden shoes made in the past, and you can also go into the windmills to see how...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Iva Č
Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed our day in Zaanse Schans, each windmill is like a working museum. It is a beautiful place to walk around, and the chocolate shop was great. We especially enjoyed the sawmill windmill, where we got to hear a charming and passionate docent explain...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Jennifer B
Reviewed 1 week ago

My friends and I visited in December 2018. The place is beautiful. As many other reviewers have pointed out, it is very scenic. The windmills are just awesome. They add so much character to the place. There are lots of photo ops in the area...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Kirsten C
January 12, 2019|
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Response from 262andreluisn | Reviewed this property |
Hi I’m Andre and we just use the gps and we took a public transportation it’s really easy,you must go to Central station and take a bus there.
Natalia P
December 28, 2018|
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Response from railfan242 | Reviewed this property |
From Amsterdam Centraal to Zaandijk Zaanse Schans station, it's 17 minutes by train. Then it's a 15-minute walk from the train station to Zaanse Schans itself, with many signs along the way. Once you arrive, you can explore... More
December 9, 2018|
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Response from Jojo B | Reviewed this property |
There was an entrance fee for some of the windmills but there is one that you can go into for free as it’s a shop