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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 yesterday

The Zaanse Schans is an open air museum a short drive from Amsterdam and well worth the visit. The places we visited included the wooden shoe factory, the bakery, cheese factory, the spice mill and our favorite, the lumber mill. Most of the windmills are...More

Thank Eestigirl
Reviewed 2 days ago

Visited the Zaanse Museum. A fantastic collection of items that have been curated in a great interactive manner. Really appreciated the free audio guide! The Verkade Museum was also interesting, but probably better suited to children. Disappointed to find that the museum shop didn't sell...More

1  Thank rpelling
Reviewed 2 days ago

it is not too far froim amsterdam. 45 minutes drive. you find the old windmills canals cheese and chocolate making, clogs. all very traditional. worth the visit.

Thank jeff1955malaysia
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A magical place where you will be able to really see and touch the dutch culture. If you will visit The Netherlands you can't miss this place as it is just 20 minutes away from Amsterdam.

Thank Bridgetocultures
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Rather than spending another day in Amsterdam we decided to visit Zaanse Schans, we ended up spending most of the day here as there is so much to see & do! We started in the Zaanse Museum & Biscuit/Chocolate factory. The museum was really interesting,...More

2  Thank Lydiad27
Reviewed 1 week ago

A charming tourist stop giving a glimpse of what life in Holland was like in the past. There are many windmills, traditional Dutch homes, canals, wood shoe and cheese making. A few shops to buy souvenirs also. I loved it!

Thank kiall2014
Reviewed 1 week ago

Netherlands is pretty much identified by their windmills and their beautiful canals. Zaanse Schans is one of the most beautiful town you will find in Netherlands. It used to be the hub for spice, herbs, flour production and that's why the mills. The windmills are...More

Thank Piyush S
Reviewed 1 week ago

We don't understand that places like this have a high rating on tripadvisor. We left the place after one hour. So touristic and unreal.

Thank stevenenhilde
Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved our visit and were so happy to do it on our own and not with a tour!! A very short 30 min..train ride. Wonderful to escape Amsterdam to see this charming village!!

Thank daisymarley
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice place to visit, with the cheese factory there and a nice souvenirs shop, the village is beautiful too.

Thank dalioula
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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 Dwaine G | Reviewed this property |
Just ask when you get your tickets. They all line up in one area. just find your bus number. I think every half hour. Yes their is a lot of walking. Wear good shoes. Also their is a information center if you need more help.
6 November 2018|
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Response from Barry L | Reviewed this property |
It's mostly about the windmills. There are some small shops & restaurants as well. There is a wildlife area, cheese making & a wooden shoe factory.