Zaanse Schans

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Windmills, Crafts, Museums! The Best of Zaanse Shans

Get a sense of what the Dutch are all about in Zaanse Schans, located right outside of Amsterdam. Take a day trip out to the quaint community that dates back to the 18th century and take in the countryside tulips, fresh cheese, windmills, barns and museums.

  • Zaans Museum & Verkade Pavilion

    1. Zaans Museum & Verkade Pavilion

    These two museums offer a delicious history of the region’s food production with equipment, utensils, clothing and paintings. Bring your sweet tooth, tasting is encouraged!

  • Albert Heijn Museum Shop

    2. Albert Heijn Museum Shop

    Find goodies to bring home to your loved ones at an adorable replica of the original Albert Heijn, a Dutch supermarket chain.

  • 3. Zaan Time Museum

    You’ll be hearing ticking while trying to fall asleep later that night, but it’s a small price to pay to view this collection of beautiful historic Dutch clocks.

  • De Kat

    4. De Kat

    Piet Kempenaar wears a traditional outfit complete with pipe and hat while manning his massive paint mill.

  • De Gekroonde Poelenburg

    5. De Gekroonde Poelenburg

    Different from all other working windmills in the city, the sawmill De Gekroonde Poelenburg can turn around on a rig of wooden rollers depending on the direction of the wind.

Planning Your Visit

  • Opt for bike rental

    It’s small enough that walking will do, but you’ll feel like a local with the fresh air rushing by on a bicycle.

  • Did we mention Zaanse Schans’ restaurants?

    It’s all about the food here! Check out the distillery and tasting room, or the traditional pancake house.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    From April to November, almost everything is open from 10:00AM to 5:00PM.
  • Is it expensive?
    Prices vary depending on your plans and the addition of transportation, tours, and other perks.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It's a great idea to experience Zaanse Schans with a guide.
  • How to get there
    From Amsterdam Central Station, take the Connexxion bus 391 to Zaanse Schans.
  • Additional information

    • If you plan on doing more than a day trip, there are many great hotels and B&Bs in the area.

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What people are saying about Zaanse Schans

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 7,846 reviews

Our guide Xavi was amazing, very knowledgable and he presented everything on the tour in a very fun way. Tour is very well organized. We highly recommend it

Fantastic trip to know the country of amazing people and friendly atmosphere. Ian and Tim were excellent company. Their sense of humour was superb!!!

This tour was awesome! We got to see so much in one day. We really enjoyed it and definitely recommend it!

We had an amazing tour guide Rob and all the places were great, would definitely recommend the trip!

The staff was very informative and friendly. The entire day was absolutely amazing.