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Zaanse Schans Tours

The scenic Dutch village of Zaanse Schans is most famous for its windmills, once used to power everything from paint-making to paper production. Today, the Zaanse Schans is set up like an open-air museum, with five working windmills open to visitors. Wander the village, view the preserved architecture, and watch the locals at work—in their traditional wooden shoes and Dutch garb, naturally. Green wooden houses, a historic shipyard, and a pewter factory are among the village’s top attractions.

The Basics
The Zaanse Schans is a popular day trip destination from Amsterdam; the scenic drive through the Dutch countryside—past lovely fields, green pastures, and winding canals—is a tour highlight in and of itself. Visit on a half- or full-day tour to explore the five Dutch Golden Age windmills, including some that serve as a sawmill and an oil mill, and visit the workshops of local craftspeople. Cheese-making and clog-making demonstrations are other key experiences, in addition to pewter-casting and mustard-making demos. For a fun photo souvenir, stop by a shoemaker’s shop and try on traditional Dutch clogs and costumes. When you get hungry, pop into a bakery for a taste of the sweet white duivekater bread, head to the cheese factory for some famous Edam cheese, or step inside Albert Heijn—the village’s oldest shop—for a bag of sweets. A boat trip or a canal cruise is another excellent way to see the Zaanse Schans and the surrounding villages.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Zaanse Schans is a must-see for visitors interested in learning about traditional Dutch culture.
  • Wear comfortable shoes for exploring the outdoor area.
  • The Zaanse Schans is free to visit, but some individual attractions may require fees.
  • Not all areas are wheelchair accessible due to the historic nature of the area, but accessible bridges and parking are available. Jonge Schaap is the only wheelchair-accessible windmill.
  • Most shops and restaurants in the neighborhood accept credit and debit cards; ATMs are located at the Zaanse Schans parking office.

How to Get There
The Zaanse Schans neighborhood is set in Zaandam, near Zaandijk, about 13 miles (21 kilometers) northwest of Amsterdam. The village, located on the eastern bank of the Zaan river, is easily accessible from Amsterdam’s Centraal Station by transit—it takes less than an hour to get there by bus, train, or car. Fee-based parking is available.

When to Get There
Though there is plenty to do year-round in the Zaanse Schans, much of the village’s charm lies in its outdoor attractions, making late spring and summer the best times to visit. Winters in the Netherlands are known to be rainy and windy, so if you’re visiting then, wear warm layers under a waterproof jacket.

The Dutch and Their Bicycles 
It’s said that there are 1.5 bicycles for every inhabitant of the Netherlands. The Dutch love their bikes and can be found pedaling them to work, school, the grocery store, and everywhere else in between. Renting a bicycle is a great way to see Holland like a local. In summer, a bike tour from Amsterdam to the Zaanse Schans is a popular way to experience the quaint village and the bucolic countryside.

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Small-Group Zaanse Schans Half-Day Tour from Amsterdam, Amsterdam, null
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Small-Group Zaanse Schans Half-Day Tour from Amsterdam

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Take a 3-hour half-day tour to the countryside and explore Zaanse Schans in a small group. See how a clog maker is making the famous Dutch wooden shoe, visit a ...  Read more

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Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Dutch Countryside and Culture Tour from Amsterdam Including Zaanse Schans, Edam and Volendam, ... 
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Dutch Countryside and Culture Tour from Amsterdam Including Zaanse Schans, Edam and Volendam

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Get to grips with Dutch culture on a half-day morning tour to the countryside from Amsterdam. In the company of a guide, visit the quaint villages of Zaanse ...  Read more

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Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Small Group Zaanse Schans Windmills, Volendam and Old Villages Tour from Amsterdam Including Dutch Schnapps Tasting

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Get the full experience of all the Dutch countryside has to offer on this 5-hour, small group of max 8 persons tour from Amsterdam. Travel in comfort by ...  Read more

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Amsterdam Combo: Keukenhof Gardens and Zaanse Schans Windmill Village, Amsterdam, Day Trips
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Amsterdam Combo: Keukenhof Gardens and Zaanse Schans Windmill Village

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Experience the beauty of Keukenhof Gardens in bloom on a guided morning tour from Amsterdam in the company of an expert guide and travel by small comfortable ...  Read more

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Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Zaanse Schans Windmills and Volendam Tour from Amsterdam

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Step back into the Holland of old at Zaanse Schans and the fishing town of Volendam on 5-hour afternoon or morning trip from Amsterdam. With an expert guide, ...  Read more

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Private Tour: Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Day Trips
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Private Tour: Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam

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Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Amsterdam Super Saver: Bruges Day Trip plus Zaanse Schans Windmills, Marken and Volendam Half-Day ... 
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Amsterdam Super Saver: Bruges Day Trip plus Zaanse Schans Windmills, Marken and Volendam Half-Day Trip

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Private Day Trip to Zaanse Schans Windmills, Volendam and Edam from Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Super ... 
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Private Day Trip to Zaanse Schans Windmills, Volendam and Edam from Amsterdam

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Enjoy a private day trip from Amsterdam and witness the beauty of the Zaanse Schans windmills, the charming little fishing village of Volendam and the ...  Read more

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Private Day Tour of Tulips and Windmills including a Pancake Lunch

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