Heerlijck Slaapen op de Zaanse Schans, Zaandam

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At Heerlijck Slaapen op de Zaanse Schans, tour a recreated historical Dutch village filled with wooden houses and iconic windmills. An important stop along the European Route of Industrial Heritage, this open-air museum hosts 900,000 tourists every year. Its 35 wooden homes were brought from surrounding villages to the museum in the 1970s. The well-preserved windmills, which have become a symbol of the Netherlands, date back to the 17th and 18th centuries and each have their own distinct names. Walk through the buildings, stop into the shops and restaurants, take a scenic boat ride, or watch traditional Dutch craft-making during your visit. Use our Zaandam trip itinerary planner to visit Heerlijck Slaapen op de Zaanse Schans on your trip to Zaandam, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Definitely touristy, almost a theme park but not to be missed. From central station bus depart in 45 minutes leave right at the entrance of the area. The landscape is quaint and very enjoyable visit. Beautiful Mills, very cute little shops and not particularly dear: not worth reaching the village but definitely visit some mill inside (on payment). Recommend a stop at least 4 hours.
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  • Really great to go One can actually visit the windmills, see how wooden shoes are made, walk around in old Dutch village Highly recommended  more »
  • We wanted to see some windmills and the hotel concierge told us it is the closest place to Amsterdam to see more than just one. We visited in February so it was still pretty cold and windy - make sure...  more »
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  • A beautiful exhibition of the history of the zaans region and its heritage. Very interesting and put out very profoundly. You learn here about the economic development of the area and the different Dutch companies which became icon in the Dutch economy. There are also houses and the windmills open to visit. Highly recommended.
  • Where: Zaans Schans Windmills, Netherlands What: A tour of the old style windmills How was it: It's really great they can keep this history alive. We really enjoyed the village and walking around. Sadly we were with a tour bus for the day so we were timed. They did leave us x amount of time to roam as we liked. You can spend the whole morning or afternoon here if you like. The views are peaceful and make you travel in a different time. We love it and glad we could experience it. Grade: Eli = 5, Serge = 5 Recommend: Yes, you have to visit this place when you're in Amsterdam.
  • I loved it. As much as i want to have a longer time here, but i have limited time. So i prefer to the mills around the museum. Expect to see some history of cookies etc. The minor part is you have to pay for getting in.
  • Great museum of the Zaan's area history with old houses and mills and lots of wildlife swimming and flying around. The museum shows all the production history of this region and includes 3 lines of the famous Varcade factory: buiscuetts, chocolate and resins. You can play, taste (one piece) and buy the chocolates at the visitor's store.
  • Beautiful place in Zaanse schans. Amazing experience.